In case you haven't heard, I have left this world to spend eternity in a much better one on December 15, 2023. The problem is I have had to leave everyone I know and love here. Saying goodbye is always difficult, but I urge you each to remember what a good time we had while I was here. Jess T. McKee and I spent nearly 62 years together, loving, laughing and only occasionally fighting. Our two daughters, Tamra Sue Ziemer (Greg) and Lori Ann Vickory, are our two most prized accomplishments during our marriage. Our Granddaughter, Brittani Michele Goad, is and always has been the most wonderful gift grandparents could possibly receive. My sister, Sandra (Sandy) Sue Holbert (Larry), is very dear to me, even though we have lived far apart all our married lives. (Our computers keep us in contact.) Lastly, our beautiful Lady Isabella, a Ragdoll cat who has directed our lives since November, 2012 but just recently passed away.
As I compose this obituary, I want to leave you with some thoughts about life. One of the most important things in life is a sense of humor. I learned at an early age how important it is to be able to laugh - at yourself and others. I love to watch the funny antics of animals and children. Their innocence and genuine joy causes me to laugh out loud. As a child I was blessed with a father whose sense of humor was evident in most everything he did. I learned to see the funny side of most things we tried to do. Many times I was threatened to leave the dinner table if I didn't stop laughing -that is until I got Daddy to start laughing also.
Another important part of life is friends. It has been so much fun to keep up with school friends in Dallas through my high school alumni association. I worked for and with wonderful people during my working days in Dallas and in Florida. Since moving to Tampa, I have met many new neighbors and friends, especially those fellow seniors at the Life Enrichment Center and with the Northdale OWLS (Older, Wiser, Lively Seniors.) It is important to keep your mind and body as active as possible. The seniors at both organizations do just that! And then my good friends that I met at Renaissance North who I cherish.
My newest project since living in Tampa has been writing about memories. have done this under the expert guidance of Paula Stahel. Her classes, "Pages of My Life”, have guided me and many others in this endeavor. I had not even considered writing a book when I started writing, but I enjoyed working to bring my memories into a memoire. Now maybe Paula will finish it for my family.
Loved ones I look forward to seeing are: my husband, lover, best friend, father and grandfather of our children, Jess T. McKee, Jr.; my parents, Marguerite and Theron (Jimmy) Brewer; my grandparents, Edith and Claude Caruthers (maternal) and Ethel and Amos Brewer (paternal);my brother-in-law, Larry Holbert; my best friend since grade school: Mary Birdsong Choate; and many other relatives and friends who have gone before me.
As I searched for thoughts to leave with you, Realized I had not written about anything I will not miss. Just about all my life people have complimented my hair. As a young girl had very black, very thick hair...and many compliments. As a young woman I had very black hair with a few gray hairs, still very thick, and still many compliments. As a middle aged woman, my hair was mostly gray, still very thick, and still many compliments. Now it is totally white with a few black hairs, not quite as thick, a cow lick here and there in the back, but still many compliments. My mother always received many compliments on her hair. I have really appreciated the fact that people I did not even know complimented my hair...in the elevator, in the grocery store, on the street, etc. However, no one has realized the pressure that has always put on me...I have to have my hair looking nice all the time. Now as I enter the Pearly Gates, I Understand everything is perfect here. That says to me...no more worrying about having to have every hair in place. I will have a heavenly hair stylist following me around at all times making sure my hair is perfect.