|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.