I often talk about my antiques show and the vendors who participate. We gather once a year, but stay connected throughout. I've watched their children grow, their dreams unfold, and been there throughout the ups and downs. Like family.
I remember getting to know Ann when she began participating in the show, back when we'd just moved it to Fairfield. I can still see her antiques spaces in my mind, and remember each one and why she'd moved from one to another. I admired her candor and witty personality and loved that her husband Andy was always by her side - one of the many couples I've grown to love over the years.
And I remember when I learned of Ann's battle with cancer and the wave of emotion that I felt that day. I didn't - and still don't - handle these struggles well.
This week I found myself struggling with the loss of Ann. What could I do?
And I was left with the only answer I know. To live my life and be the best I can be. To be thankful for the life and the family that's been given to me.
When I think about Ann, I can see her smile in my mind. The way she wrinkled up her nose and squinted her eyes when she smiled. And when I remember that, it makes me smile too.
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A Funeral Mass will be held in Ann's honor on November 18, at 11am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3720 East Colbert Road Colbert, WA 99005, with a reception at the church immediately following the service.