Two and a half weeks ago I posted a little story about Uncle Francis, the 97-year-old who was about to tour with the Salem Singers in Pennsylvania. Over the weekend, while on that tour, he died! Here’s what Mom Edna wrote in e-mail earlier today: “Francis had had a wonderful time with another nephew and wife back there, touring the Amish country, when he felt tired, laid down, and breathed his last!”
So instead of planning a 100th birthday party in a few years, his kids will plan a memorial service. I won’t presume to lighten the shock and the loss, but I’m imagining they think their dad left this earth exactly as he would have chosen.