Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Eleanor & Donna

My mother-in-law Eleanor passed away today after a long illness. We will be leaving for her funeral in New York tomorrow. Eleanor was an "old school" kind of Mom, her kids and family came before anything else. She was the Very Best mother-in-law, trusting me to do right by one of her finest creations and never meddling with my job as wife and mother although she was an expert and I was a rank amateur. We always treated each other with love and respect and she will be deeply missed. When Jimmy and I first made our intentions for each other known to our families some thirty years ago, Eleanor was the first non-skeptic. I'm a bit older than my husband and at first our families were a bit freaked out about it. After my first dinner with his family she and I chatted while doing the dishes. Well, she grilled me lightly as a mother should. I guess I gave the right answers because I always felt we had her blessings from that day forward.


  1. may you have a safe journey, and caring family to share the time with at the other end....

  2. Anonymous8:37 PM

    My prayers are with both your families at this solemn time.

    Have a safe trip.


  3. I am so very sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. She looks like a very loving wonderful woman !

  4. Oh Deb!! I am so sorry.

  5. So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law... hugs from Michigan.


  6. Great mother in laws are the best gift a husband could give. I still miss mine everyday. Sending lots of light your way.

  7. I'm sorry for your loss. Your love will keep her alive in your heart.

  8. Wonderful mother-in-laws are so nice to have. My MIL was very good to me. She told me in later years that she determined at the very beginning to keep her mouth shut about problems she couldn't solve.

    I actually knew my MIL before I met her son. She was an artist and I admired her work. I have two paintings and several of her photographs hanging in my house. They delight me every time I glance at them.

    You had a precious gift and I am sorry you lost her.

  9. What a wonderful tribute to your mother-in-law.

  10. Deb, I am sorry to hear this.
    Sharon ps do a rug for me!


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