Beautiful Tributes

My daughter is a fine writer. I expect one day she’ll write a bestseller and everyone will be singing her praises. Right now, though, she is tied up with raising a beautiful family and working full time as the office manager of a busy veterinary hospital. She’s a pretty amazing human being and I love her so much it hurts sometimes.

Today she posted tributes to the two ladies our family lost to COVID this past week. I had planned on writing down my own memories, but honestly, Ashley’s tributes are so beautiful I could never have matched them. With her permission here’s her post from Facebook:

“My family suffered two great losses this past week. We gathered in Texas to remember, mourn, honor, and celebrate the lives of my Greatest Aunt Lyn and my Mema Helen. There are now two giant holes in my heart, and our family will never be the same without them.

Aunt Lynnie was full of life. She lived and loved with her entire heart, and with purpose. She was protective of everyone she loved, caring, hilarious, strong, adventurous, and a force to be reckoned with. If you ever had a chance to talk to her, you would almost immediately get a sense of who she was. She loved to talk about her family, her passions, and her pride and joy – the Hereford Senior Center and the thrift store that she made her baby. I can hear her laughter, and see her smile…the ones that lit up every room and made everyone feel welcomed and loved. She was always the one to suggest a “girl’s trip” to get a drink and lottery tickets.

Lyn Noyes Rayburn (aka Greatest Aunt Lyn)

Mema’s legacy will live on through our entire family. She was one of the most amazing people this world will ever know. The stories from her childhood in Pie Town, New Mexico. Her famous biscuits & gravy. Her laughter, especially when one of us said something slightly inappropriate that she thought she probably shouldn’t have been laughing at (and then the subsequent use of that person’s first AND middle names). Her love for her family. Her sense of adventure and the way her eyes lit up when she talked about trips to the casino, or her grandkids, or the cruises she enjoyed taking. She loved her church, her friends, and traveling. I can only hope I live my life with as much gusto and passion as my Mema did.”

Our Mema, Helen Parker Noyes

My words—when folks die we tend to exaggerate their sweetness or say they were loved by all, even if they weren’t, but I can honestly say that these two women were admired by all who knew them. Gone from this world much too soon, but never forgotten. We will always love them.

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

41 thoughts on “Beautiful Tributes”

  1. I am so sorry for your loss, Leslie. Your daughter brought such character in these two ladies to life with her beautiful words, such a sweet memory of them. ‘I can only hope I live my life with as much gusto and passion as my mama did’. Sending so much love across the ocean to you and your family. Peace.

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  2. Ashley certainly IS a warm and passionate writer. I feel as though I know Studley’s mother and sister personally. Hugs to you all as you continue to grieve and reminisce. Love to all.

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  3. Those are beautiful words. I always have a “what” look when I see Americans write biscuits and gravy though, lol…Biscuits in gravy? lol. Biscuits are cookies in Australia, lol
    I am very happy to hear that you don’t need to exaggerate with your words in their memory. That’s is always the worst, when you realise people have to exaggerate or lie at a funeral >.<

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  4. Fine tributes – to your daughter, too. Such terrible results of what I think of as blinkered policies – so they make me angry, too. I send my condolences to you all

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss, Leslie and Studly. It is such a sad way to go. I hope you were able to visit them at the end. May you be filled with peace at this time of grief.

    We have been as drops of water,
    born into the ocean and sprinkled on the earth
    in a gentle rain.
    We become a spring,
    and then a stream,
    and finally, a river flowing deeper and stronger,
    nourishing all it touches
    as it nears its home once more.
    “We Are a River” by Lao Tzu

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