TLC #57: August 27, 2003
Dear Hearts and Gentle
Many of you know the Tabb family, so it's
important to get this out right away. It's from Barbara Tabb '56
I am sad to report that we lost my Mom tonight
(8/25) at around 8 o'clock. I can't deny that I am deeply saddened by
losing her, but I am at the same time 'relieved for her,' as I think she was
ready to go. And, I did love her enough to want only what was best for
her, and I think this was God's mercy at work. The last three days were pretty
rough, and now she is at peace. Most of you have been through this yourselves,
so you surely understand what I mean.
She was a pretty amazing lady, and I will sorely
miss her from now on. But, I have a wealth of good memories to sustain me, and I
am grateful for all those wonderful years we had together - it was much more
than most people get! It won't take me long to just draw off of that, and
put some of this sadness aside - I would rather
celebrate her life than mourn its end. But, I still have to get through the
roughest part, the funeral.
We have arranged for her to be taken back to
Lexington for that, and my younger son will drive me up; and, we will pick up my
other son in Dallas if he can get away.
Greg (Gene) has been a real 'rock' for me through this all, and was right there
for me and her through everything - he just doesn't feel up to the trip, and all
that it entails. She was more like a mother to him than a
I think I finally understand now just
how and why she handled her own mother's death so well - sometimes things have
to come around 'full circle' like they have for one to really grasp what someone
has told you about their feelings. Strangely enough, I feel as close to her in
death as I did in life - and, I attribute that to the love that I always felt
from her, and for her.
The funeral will be this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the
First Baptist Church, visitation Friday night from 7-8 at the funeral home.
In response to her photo that ran in TLC #56, Gene
Susan, Tell Barb Jarman that the class of '53 that
went to Central school did not have a 6th grade school picture taken with
Mrs. Rush. No one really knows why.
We have photos of Saturday's
rededication of the Madonna of the Trail.
Until next time I remain
Your devoted scribe,
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