The souls of two people people in our lives have passed on in recent weeks.
The first was my Uncle Jim, a quiet Irishman and father of six.
Here is an excerpt from his obituary that gives a glimpse into the kind of man my Aunt Virginia married 59 years ago:
He was the most loving husband, caring father and best grandpa and papa anyone could ever have.
He was the best of men.
The second was our violin teacher who was hospitalized with leukemia for most of the summer. We had only completed one year of study with her, but it was the best year since beginning three years ago. The children made enormous progress under her tutelage and I especially enjoyed the stern but loving grandmotherly way she had with the children.She knew exactly when to challenge, when to compliment and when to smile. Having been a mother of 7, she was infinitely patient with having our toddler in the lesson room!
Here are some excerpt from her Caring Bridge website:
A lover of music, Nedra has taught Suzuki violin and piano for decades, instilling an appreciatio
She is known as a great teacher both of music and of other subjects, whether that be English, which she once taught in school, Sunday School, or coaching her children and grandchildr
She is known for her quick wit, sense of humor, and spunk. There is always laughter when Nedra is in the room. She is also known for her service and generosity to others.
She has led the choir in her church for more than 20 years. In fact, she led the choir in church the day before she was admitted to the hospital.
Here's the part that really made me tear up:
Her husband is university music professor and is about as quiet as my Uncle Jim was, but large and bearded and always makes me think of Johannes Brahms when I see him.
Mrs. Layne, we will miss you!