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More Sad News For Philip Jose Farmer Fans [Jun. 10th, 2009|09:35 am]
Danny Adams
[Current Location |My parents' house]
[Current Mood |sadsad]
[Current Music |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.

[User Picture]From: wendywoowho
2009-06-10 01:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss, but... glad that she had the life and death she'd wanted.
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[User Picture]From: ogre_san
2009-06-10 01:51 pm (UTC)
Hugs and best wishes.
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[User Picture]From: coffeehouse
2009-06-10 01:57 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bardcat
2009-06-10 02:00 pm (UTC)
You and your family are in my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: sweetcheri
2009-06-10 02:11 pm (UTC)
*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.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2009-06-10 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad that you and your mom could be there with her at the end.
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[User Picture]From: mabfan
2009-06-10 02:20 pm (UTC)
Condolences on your loss; you and your family are in my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: stevenagy
2009-06-10 02:25 pm (UTC)
Sending good thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: delkytlar
2009-06-10 02:32 pm (UTC)
My sympathies to you and your family, Danny. May they be happy in their reunion.
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[User Picture]From: gnomi
2009-06-10 02:32 pm (UTC)
Condolences, Danny. You and yours are in my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2009-06-10 02:40 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: raecarson
2009-06-10 03:09 pm (UTC)
So sorry, Danny. I'm sure you and your mom made a big difference by being there.
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[User Picture]From: shsilver
2009-06-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. May her memory be a blessing.
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[User Picture]From: stillnotbored
2009-06-10 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so sorry, Danny.
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[User Picture]From: spaceoperadiva
2009-06-10 03:33 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss. Even when we expect people to pass on, it's still a shock.
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[User Picture]From: moon_happy
2009-06-10 03:37 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: lizziebelle
2009-06-10 05:31 pm (UTC)
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. :)
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[User Picture]From: j_cheney
2009-06-10 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'll be thinking of you and your family.
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[User Picture]From: handworn
2009-06-11 01:08 am (UTC)
Awfully sorry to hear that, Danny.
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[User Picture]From: woldnewton_win
2009-06-11 02:43 pm (UTC)
Danny, I'm so sorry. Your Aunt Bette was a wonderful lady.
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[User Picture]From: badfae
2009-06-17 10:25 pm (UTC)
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.

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