Our good friend Lavender died yesterday. She has been fighting breast cancer for several years. She had a bout with it around 5 years ago, and came out of treatment with flying colors. This time, however, it really hit hard. And then it spread. To her brain. She had been doing several months of chemo when the brain tumor news hit, and it was only a few months later that she passed on.
I’m glad for her. I’m glad that she’s no longer in pain. That she’s no longer throwing up every day all day. That she has all her hair again.
I’m sad for her family though. They were very close. She had one son. He is about 7 years older than Juice and I. He is married. He and his wife live with Lavender. Along with his wife’s little brother, and (at one point) his wife’s mother. They miss her.
When I think of Lavender, I think of generosity. She never questioned helping others, and never questioned sharing with everyone she met. She joined our church in December, and has been as generous and helpful to people as she could be.
I was glad to spend part of Christmas with her this year, since it was on Sunday. I seeing her at church and watching her face light up when the kids fought over who got to sit next to her. I loved having weekly planning sessions at my house, and seeing how we could help each other during the week.
She will be missed.