|More Sad News For Philip Jose Farmer Fans
||[Jun. 10th, 2009|09:35 am]
|||||My parents' house||]|
|||||Just thinking about Peoria||]|
For those of you who didn't already know this or hadn't figured it out, my Mom and I just spent a week in Peoria, Illinois to spend my aunt's final days with her. Bette Farmer, my aunt and Phil Farmer's widow, passed away this morning around 6:40 Central Time at the age of 86.
Folks who knew her or my uncle will know that she was very much responsible for Phil Farmer's writing career, as she was the one who encouraged him to write. And when he became a success she helped him with an unimaginable number of business aspects through the years.
Mom and I actually came home yesterday, since we'd gone to Peoria three days earlier than planned (originally we planned to go up Friday for FarmerCon IV), but I'm glad we did since she was still alert and talking a little when we arrived.
I also need to say that as sad as this is, it was what she wanted--she and Uncle Phil were married for over 67 years, and she'd told us before he died that when he went she wanted to follow him soon after. On top of all that, today would have been her dad's (my great-grandfather's) 120th birthday.
I'm not disabling comments on this entry, but I learned when my uncle died that I'm not very good at replying to comments after an entry such as this. So if I don't reply to your comment, that's why.
I'm sorry for your loss, but... glad that she had the life and death she'd wanted.
You and your family are in my thoughts.
*hugs* I am sorry for your loss, but I am so happy for you that you were able to spend time with her while she was still alert and talking a little.
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad that you and your mom could be there with her at the end.
Condolences on your loss; you and your family are in my thoughts.
My sympathies to you and your family, Danny. May they be happy in their reunion.
Condolences, Danny. You and yours are in my thoughts.
I am so sorry for your loss.
So sorry, Danny. I'm sure you and your mom made a big difference by being there.
I'm sorry. May her memory be a blessing.
I'm very sorry for your loss. Even when we expect people to pass on, it's still a shock.
This sounds like "a good death." What more can we ask for in the end? I hope you can take a bit of comfort in these thoughts.
I'm sorry for your loss, Danny. It's good that they're together again, but sad for your family. No need to respond, just wanted to let you know you're in my thoughts. :)
I'll be thinking of you and your family.
Awfully sorry to hear that, Danny.
Danny, I'm so sorry. Your Aunt Bette was a wonderful lady.
I'm sorry. It sounds like she was a pretty great lady.
Also, I'm sad to say that my intermittent LiveJournal absences meant I'd missed your announcement of your uncle's death in February. I hope you'll accept my belated condolences there, as well...it can't be easy dealing with so much loss in so little time.