I am very sorry to tell you that Janet passed away early this morning, Thursday, 1/17/2013. 66 years, 7 months, 1 week, 6 days or 24334 days. Much too soon.
Her body was so strong, especially her heart, that the Hospice people could not understand how she lasted this long. The irony was that her heart, lungs, kidneys, etc, were all very healthy and strong and kept her body going like the Energizer Bunny.
Of course, that was no surprise to those that knew her.
I will write more in a few days and put a biography and various photos up eventually. Few of you knew what a varied and diverse life she had lived. But, I need to get several nights sleep, if I can now. But, first, I need to call some people and I apologize if you did not get a call. I had to keep the list short.
And then, there are things that I need to do to finish in Reno, hurry to Snohomish and then get back to Alegria, who has been waiting much too long.
A boat needs constant care and while friends are doing a great job of watching her, I need to get home to her and be sure that she is safe. Now that Janet has ‘passed over to the other side,’ Alegria is the most important thing in my life. Much like if we had had a child. Alegria is like our beloved ‘daughter.’
I will, of course, post more soon, and I want there to be a Memorial Service near Seattle, WA before I fly away, but countless non-essential things will continue to be put off.
Janet’s hundreds of friends are spread around the World and while I would love to spend lots of time with every single one of you, Janet & I have always been very careful with our money. SO, you are all welcome to come to the Seattle area, for the Service, but I wonder if you want to meet with other ‘Friends of Janet Erken’ (kind of like ‘Friends of Bill Wilson’) near where you are?
If so, give me permission and I will share contact info for you you with others near you. Perhaps a Southern California, and Australia, and England, and Turkey contingent, etc. This is probably impractical, but there are often others that you have not yet met, that are ‘Friends of Janet Erken’. Just a wild thought of my sleep deprived brain.
I will put my brain to bed for now and see if that helps anything.
Que le vaya bien, Juanita!
From now on, I must just sign in the singular,
Is it just me, or is there a giant, aching, empty hole to the right of my name?
My favorite Dr. Seuss quote so far:
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss