Wednesday, December 2, 2009

She knew how to enjoy life with grace

"She was a hard worker, overseeing a household and assisting her husband in his law practice. She enjoyed physical labor and, with the exception of the past several months, possessed the energy of a much younger woman. She loved ironing, which she did almost daily, hanging clothes to dry on the line upon spring's arrival, and particularly relished working in her yard. In summer months, she could be spotted atop her riding mower, sun visor on her head, tending to her vast lawn.

"She cherished life's simple pleasures, kitchen-table chats, backyard cookouts and rides with her beloved sisters to Watch Hill or Stonington Point for the views.

"Her home was always tastefully decorated for seasonal holidays, specifically Christmas, her favorite. She was a wonderful hostess and cook, and her 4th of July celebrations, in honor of her own and our nation's birthday, featured fireworks and patriotic sing-alongs and were a summer highlight among family and friends for the past forty years.

"One of her greatest attributes was her humility, an admirable quality so often lacking in today's society. She was quiet and graceful, and lived her life in service to her family."

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