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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Bev


2015 has been a tough year for my family. We lost my Uncle Joe (my Dad's brother) in March. Yesterday we lost my cousin, Bev (my Dad's niece from his sister, Elmira.) My heart is very heavy. 

I absolutely loved Bev. The photo above makes me smile as it captured her perfectly. (The photo below makes all of us crack up laughing as she was never an angel-and she'd tell you that photo below made her laugh- but Bev was the most loving, giving, and one heck of a wise cracking woman that you would be lucky enough to know.) 

She gave so much love to her family and friends especially if you were a kid or a furball. How much she loved her nieces, Elysha and Joelle and her nephew, Frankie. She doted on them with such a strong love. They were her pride and joy and how much she loved teaching them to bake, play games and just enjoy each other's company.

To my sister and I, she was always more like a favorite Aunt then a cousin. I remember our last outing. She was trying to help me find more places to teach at. She would turn up her radio listening to hard rock as we drove around looking at art places. She always wanted to know how Tristan was doing and if he was happy. She always went out of her way to make sure that everyone else around her was taken care of and happy. It's something that she definitely got from her mother (my Aunt Sis.)

We were all very close. Things won't ever be the same without her. My family is getting smaller and smaller and the deaths this year leave a gaping hole. I'll hold on tight to the memories formed around Bev's kitchen table.



trish quilty said...

I am so sorry for your loss Kelly. You will have fond rememberances.
p quilty

Debbie said...

Oh Kelly...my heart is with you. Remember all the good times.

Panama said...

It's tough losing loved ones. This year was life transforming, for me, because it was a man I have been close to for 35 years. Watching him suffer for two years, as he slowly lost strength, and then seeing his body completely shut down when his kidneys began to fail. We know not what God has planned for each one of us. The more I lose people, I truly love, the less afraid I am of living and of dying. I send you my heart felt condolences, Kelly. ❤️

Ri Pal said...

Kelly, sending you and your family prayers and hugs. Cherish the memories for they are precious. Nice pictures of Bev and your family. Know that your art family is here supporting you through your pain and grief. Love and big hugs, Maria.

trish quilty said...

I made a comment yesterday but its not here. I am so sorry for your loss Kelly.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Thank you all for your kind words and love. They mean a lot.

nspiegel said...


I am so sorry for your most recent loss. You certainly have had more than your fair share these last few years. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Kathryn Zbrzezny said...

I am so sorry Kelly. Losing family certainly does leave a gaping hole. I am thinking of you, hugs, kath

Kelly Kilmer said...

Thank you <3.