Early Tuesday morning, my dear mother-in-law, Shirely Collier, passed away in her sleep. It's hard to convey personal thoughts and reflections in words right now, so I've turned mostly to photos instead. (With only one or two possible exceptions, either my wife or I took all the photos used in my collage.) You can also find a public Flickr Album dedicated to Shirley's memory.
Shirley will be greatly missed by her family, but we all know with the certainty of faith that she is in a much better place today. I will particularly miss her laughter and the joyous way she played that piano of hers. She also had a profoundly giving and hospitable personality--even towards this college kid who was dating her daughter more than twenty-five years ago. Shirley loved life and savored every moment with her family. Her life was anchored in Christ, and we all look forward to that heavenly reunion.
Services will be held on Tuesday at Saint Rita's Catholic Church. The obituary is available here.