Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering Patti.

When we were young i thought she was the pretty one and she thought i was the pretty one. As adults, when we talked on the phone after i said "i love you!" she would always say "I love you more!"

As young adults, she welcomed me into her home after i had left college and was at loose ends.

When my daughter was born, she stayed and took care of us, feeding the baby in the night so i could sleep, doing our laundry, making my bed each day so it felt fresh when i got back in. We tried every new outfit on the baby like she was a doll.

When our mother had her lawyer send me a letter after her death to tell me what a disappointment i'd been, (though i was the last of her 3 children still speaking to her) my sister helped me through the pain, having made peace years before with the knowledge that our mother could never be pleased.

She loved hard.

She had a wicked sense of humor and could always make me let out a big ol' belly laugh.

i will always remember Patti Miller Woodard, gone at just 62 on March 10, 2012.

i can't believe i'll never hear her voice again.

i love you, Sissypoo, always and forever. <3


julie coney said...

One huge magnificent giant hug to you.

julia said...

Thank you--it's appreciated, believe me. :-)

Genealogy Joanie said...

I'm so sorry, Julia. My heart hurts for you. You will miss her for a long, long time, I know. Love you.

julia said...

Yup, I'm afraid I will...thanks.

Anonymous said...

Oh my dear dear friend. I have no words. I will be praying for you during this hard time. Much love to you.

Regina Bonney said...

(((hugs))) I know you don't know me, but I wanted you to know how much I miss her too. Patti was part of my life since I was 4 or 5 years old, and she always had time for me when I was a child, she was one of those special people who could play with children without ever talking down to them. After I grew up, we became friends, not just family. We emailed each other all the time, and she was always funny and insightful. She was a kind and deeply caring person. It is hard to believe she is gone and I won't see her again. She spoke of you and your children often, with love. I know how much you will miss her.

julia said...

Thank you, dear Julia!

Regina! I do know WHO you are at least :-) Going through scrapbooks to find pictures for the online memorial, I saw the poem you wrote when you were 8, "My brother is an albatross." Loved that. Patti did a lot of loving and accepting in her life, and her scrapbooks were filled with people she loved and their children she nurtured. I find that pretty much a miracle considering how we were raised--but that was just her heart, yunno? I'm glad to hear she did the same for you that she did for me. It was certainly a gift. Please feel free to stay in touch. :-)

Anonymous said...

I just learned of Patti's passing and I am so very sorry. She was a sweet, kind and generous person who went out of her way to help everyone. You have my deepest sympathies.

Anonymous said...

I also just learned of Patti's passing. She helped give me hope in a time of need and she will always have a special place in my heart. I am so very sorry your loss.


julia said...

Thank you, Cilla and Tracy--yup, she was the person to have on your team in life, yunno? i really appreciate hearing from both of you!

Patti's little sister,