My beautiful sister June, three years my junior–my best friend, confidant and inspiration– passed to heaven on Monday night, March 13 as her daughter Meagan and my two daughters, Julie and Erin, and I held her hands till her last breath. I had a special time with her when she was still conscious but could not speak. I recited scripture, sang a song, shared memories and brought a smile. I know she heard me and I’m thanking God for that last moment together.
She died of a rare condition called Multiple System Atrophy, which over time (four years in her case) gradually robs one of any ability to control the body until every part shuts down and death follows. It has been so difficult to watch her decline and yet maintain her spirit and her connection to our family.
She is leaving a long and amazing legacy of university teaching, writing, speaking and mentoring, mothering and ‘friend-ing.’
Heaven’s gain is our loss.
June, may you rest in peace after a long life of giving and loving.
“…the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6)