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Friday, June 22, 2012

We Lose A Matriarch

My family lost one of our matriarchs today, my Aunt Valeta, my Mom’s oldest living sister died in her sleep this morning.  When we were in Arkansas in March, Aunt Valeta was still navigating on her own with the aide of a walker and we had a good visit.  Not long after she suffered a stroke and became bedridden. 

When we were kids we all called her Aunt BeBe because Valeta didn’t fit around our tongues!  She was a great influence not only to all her nieces and nephews but to other kids growing up in our church.  She taught Sunday school off and on through the years and on most Sundays’ could be found sitting right up front. 

Once when Aunt Valeta and Uncle Frank Lee were living in Louisiana I went down to stay with them for a while—their only child Mary Ellen was a little older than me but tolerated me well.  Aunt Valeta decided I needed swimming lessons with Mary Ellen.  Little did she know I was terrified (and still am) of water.  The first time the swim instructor made us put our heads under water I came up blubbering and I remember Aunt Valeta telling me, “you don’t have to do this if you don’t want.”  Music to my ears!! 

Aunt Valeta was 82 years old, she and Uncle Frank Lee would have been married 64 years soon—she will be missed by her family and friends!

Michael finished the flooring today in the Tin Tee Pee.  When he removed the toilet the other day, he left it sitting outside beside the rig—I told him the other day we looked kind of “redneck” with our toilet sitting outside in the driveway.  He promptly informed me if I would get the bathroom painted he would re-install the toilet.  All righty then—I primed the bathroom today.

Homemade pizza for lunch then I was off to make a gift for the party we attended tonight.  Our friends John and Peg recently left the Boulder valley and moved into a subdivision in town building a new home.  They had a party tonight to show off their gorgeous new home—lots of friends we haven’t seen in a while—great food—just a wonderful summer get together!  Their home sits on the Yellowstone River with awesome views!

The gift I made taken from Pinterest:IMG_3731a cute little flag!

IMG_3732Evening sky view leaving John and Peg’s. 


  1. so sorry for the loss of your Aunt, matter how old a family member must still be a difficult time...our thoughts are with you.

  2. Condolences on the loss of your Aunt. But you have such wonderful memories of her and that is the way it should be. Hugs.

  3. Sorry to hear about the loss of your much loved Aunt. My sincere condolences.

  4. It's always a sad thing to read of the loss of a loved one. My condolences.

  5. You were lucky that you could do this last visit to your aunt. Our condolences!
    We also have a toilet sitting outside, but we been hiding from view by keeping it behind the garage. Probably just to dispose of it one day.

  6. Janna, so sorry to hear about your Aunt BeBe. It's always sad to lose someone you love. The little "flag" gift was really cute. Hugs.....Pat

  7. Thank you for the lovely words. She is at peace and enjoying heaven.

  8. Nice tribute to your Aunt BeBe. Good thing for strong memories to keep the departed in our minds.

  9. My condolences on the loss of your aunt. I saw the obituary in the Little Rock paper. What a beautifully written memorial to an obviously very fine lady! The Tin Teepee sure is looking good!


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