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December 2014; 26th...sad goodbyes and wonderful memories
It was on Brendan and my second last visit to Sydney just a few weeks ago, when we were given the best
possible news; that Brendan was clear of cancer, that I also received the worst
possible news. My aunty Jill, a woman that had loved and looked out for me all
my life, had just been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of inoperable lung
cancer. Trace; her daughter and more of a sister to my sisters and I than a
cousin, had let me know, and it was devastating.
Our last visit was full of reminiscing & laughter xx
When we were very little growing up at Crowdy; our Aunty
Jill, Uncle Brian and baby cousins Trace and Scotty lived next door, until they
moved all the way across to the other side of Crowdy. Yep, about a block away! So it is an understatement to say that we grew up very close. And Jill was a
big part of our lives. From when I was the flowergirl at her wedding to when she moved down to Woolongong some years
back to live closer to Trace, Dale and her little grandsons. Which was wonderful for her.
In between that time, over the years I had both lived in the
granny-flat on Jill's acreage at Harrington with Trace and then later in the
flat above her in Taree with Brendan. So we have many happy and funny memories
shared together, and it is safe to say that Jilly has written beautifully, many
times, on the pages of my life and I will miss her.
It's also safe to say when Trace and I lived in her
granny-flat, that we probably ate at the house more often than we did at our
place, but we did always wash up. When I moved into the flat upstairs
from her in town, and Bren joined me not long after, there was always a place
at her table for us, especially when a baked dinner was cooked.
She never complained about us making a noise upstairs,
although she did let me know that I wasn't a light foot when stomping around up
there. And she did once suggest that I might consider putting cups under the
wheels on our bed, or just take the wheels off as it was a bit noisy when the
bed rolled around on the wooden floor, being that her bedroom was right
underneath ours! Yes she had a cheeky sense of humour, she told us however it
wasn't nearly as noisy as the farts Brendan did when he got into the bath...yep I
I know Sue, Deb and I will always and forever be grateful
that we got to visit Jill one last time in hospital, and that she, although in
a lot of pain was able to enjoy the visit and reminisce with us, it is
something that I will always treasure.
Although, like most of us; Jill's life wasn't always easy, it was however a good, honest, kind and
loving life. She was loved by many, including me and she will always be
We lost our Aunty Jill on the 23rd of December, and yep
we'll miss her.
So I won't say goodbye, I know she'll never really be far
I'll just say see ya Jilly, may all your days be happy and
peaceful now. Say hello to the crew up there for us, we'll see you all again
some day xx