The cranky, liberal lady known as "Granny Doc" around these parts died peacefully at home about 5PM this afternoon EDT. She had been in a coma since Tuesday. She was generally reclusive, but enjoyed participation in this community a great deal (although she has been scarce for the last six months during her battle with cancer). There will likely be no service. No formal remembrances planned, expected or appreciated.
I wanted to share with the community that when I visited her over the holidays, she was especially proud of a quilt that some folks in these parts had made for her that had quotes from various diaries. I don't know who was responsible, but that was classy and made her smile at a time when little else did.
Mom and I were not very close, but we did share a passion for trying to leave the world a better place than we found it. I'm still working on that for myself, but if anything mom wrote made you smile or made you think, that is all she could have asked for and it would have made her happy (although she would have sworn to the grave that she didn't give a shit what you thought... that was mostly bluster). She had a penchant for "embellishment" in her writing, but I can tell you that her passion was genuine.
The world of cranky little old ladies (she was really only 72) just got a little quieter this afternoon. Hopefully some of you reading this will be inspired to step up and help fill the gap.
(Son of Granny Doc a.k.a. Gail Marilyn Barnes - Upson)