This was written by my sister.. It was beautiful, so I'm copying a pasting to my blog.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Ok. I am 41 (and a few months) old. I have a very good memory. One of my earliest memories is from when I was only 18 months old!!! Crazy I know, but my mom has verified that this memory was real. So, I said that to make a point. There is not one time in my life that I do not remember my Aunt Marilyn being there. Well, maybe she wasn't, physically, in every single event in my life, but I always KNEW she was in my life. I still know she is in my life. I would venture to say that close to half of my childhood memories include her and/or her family. She is my only aunt that lives in SC.
I remember going to her apartment in Easley. I remember throwing up in the back of her Pinto on the way to Alabama. I always wanted to cross my eyes like she did (I still can't!). She and I always had the same sense of humor and the same stubborn opinionated attitudes about a lot of things in life. She is the one that turned me on to Dr. James Dobson's radio show-when I was a young teen. It was with her that I got to see Ronald Reagan in real life! She is the best seamstress I know (even though my mom was a close second back in the day). She was one of the first to see my first child and lovingly put a warm blanket over me when I was having the shivers after giving birth. Even though I told her I wasn't cold! Then, when Brandon was about two she rode in the back seat with him all the way to Alabama and back. She let him play with her makeup! Boy did he have fun! And so did she. I inherited her love of babies. ALL BABIES! I didn't really know that I had inherited it until after I had my own and they started to grow up. I now understand. I really don't think I could ever get too much of my Aunt Marilyn. I just love being around her. Needless to say, I love, love, LOVE my Aunt Marilyn!
Sadly, yesterday, she was diagnosed with cancer. It is really bad. I won't go into much detail. Just that yesterday the family was told to prepare for hospice. On the brighter side, today has been better so far. There is reason to believe that it isn't time for hospice. There may be options. We believe, that because she has been prayed for incessantly since her diagnosis, that this is the reason for the better report today.
I am asking for more prayer. Please join us in prayer for my precious aunt, her husband (My Uncle Bill-who is also very special to me), her 4 daughters (Abbye,Meredith, Heather, and Heidi), and their families. This is a very difficult time for them. And also for her 3 siblings and extended family.
The power of prayer is not lost on our family. We truly understand that with GOD all things are possible. We also understand, that while it may be hard to do, we give thanks to HIM in every aspect of our lives.
Thank YOU LORD, for my Aunt Marilyn and the godly life she lives. Thank You for putting her in MY life. I am a better person for knowing her and being loved by her. Thank You for this trial for we know YOU know best.
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