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Cleo K. Hathaway, June 2, 1925 to March 3, 2010
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cirocco From: cirocco Date: March 4th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, God rest his soul. I'm so sorry, Phil. Here is the eulogy I gave at my Gran's funeral in 2005. She was my heroine.


I think we're all familiar enough with the outlines of my grandmother's life that I needn't recount them here. My late uncle Steve would write of her: "My mother was a woman who overcame many difficult challenges in her life with extraordinary will, love for family, and constant faith in god. I am old enough now to realize how many of those challenges could have resulted in bitterness. Rather, my mother's love and strength of character was a joy to be around and set a fine imprint on all subsequent generations of our family."

When Wil, my former fiance, first met Gran he told me afterwards: "Everything I love about you... I can see now where it comes from." I think that's true of many of us gathered here today; her blood runs in our veins. I think that as long as we carry on her legacy she shall not perish from this earth; a legacy best exemplified by the following passage from Luke:

"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

So if any of us are clinging to grievance and anger, I ask of you: release yourself from it. Forgive. Let it fall away from you like the heavy weight that it is and love one another, for all our human imperfections. As long as we do this her spirit shall remain.

Thank you.
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