Janice Taylor 1925-2013

My preliminary words: 

dear janice taylor, you were a woman who lived 87 years; you survived the second world war and gave birth to three amazing children who survived the korean, vietnam, first and second iraq wars and the afghan war. john and mae are my beloved and respected uncle and aunt, respectively. Your middle son, of course, is my father Perry, whom I love and admire beyond words.

you were a woman who never failed to bring a smile to our faces. just yesterday, after hearing the news about the tragedy in boston, i thought of you, and how you were the kind of person i knew i could always turn to in times like these when i needed reassurance in the basic goodness of the world. when something terrible happened somewhere out there, i never doubted i was a phone call or a short drive away from a person who could personify what sam cooke told me: 

“Honey, it’s all right
Long as I know, long as I know that you love me
Baby, it’s all right”

so, grandma taylor, we lay you to rest in the firm belief that you’re in a better place, that your children and grandchildren miss you deeply and that your time on this earth was marked by the kindness of your soul and the magnanimity of your actions. you will be missed, but also honored and cherished. thank you, grandma, for giving me my father, aunt and uncle.


~ by Benji on 16 April 2013.

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