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Woza Em

My Mom's best friend, Emily, passed away this morning.

Em was a wonderful, formidable lady. She and Mom looked so alike they had all the kids at the high school they taught at convinced they were sisters. Em would never confirm nor deny that idea.

One year the kids thought they had the perfect plan. A group came running into the library to demand Mom's maiden name. She told them and they made a beeline back to Em's room to announce that they KNEW Mom and Em weren't actually sisters because Mom's maiden name didn't match Em's last name and Em had never married.

Without batting an eye, Em replied, "We had different fathers."

Em had a sea of nephews and nieces, but I remain the only one who ever got money from her when I graduated high school. I was simply agog when the first envelope with a card and cash came for me because "I had no IDEA you get MONEY just for graduating!!" Em thought that was adorable and sent me some too.

Woza, Em.


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Jul. 8th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
R.I.P Emily.
I am very sorry to hear this sad news. My condolances to your mom, Emily's family & friends.
Jul. 9th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
My condolences to you and your family. *hugs*
Jul. 9th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
She sounds like she was a wonderful, wonderful woman...I'm really sorry. *hug*
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
"She and Mom looked so alike they had all the kids at the high school they taught at convinced they were sisters."

(My best friend Ida are similar. Except that we never tried to convince anyone and are still often mistaken for each other by people we've known for 15 years. We've been accused of being twins more than once.)

Woza, indeed.
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Kind and caring thoughts to your mother, your family, and to Emily's.
Jul. 9th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
My condolences for your loss.
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Condolences to your mom and Emily's family. Sorry to hear about this. :(

Edited at 2010-07-11 04:00 pm (UTC)
Jul. 12th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
She sounds like an awesome person that will be missed.
Jul. 12th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
Emily sounds like she was a great person. I'm sorry for your and your mom's loss.
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