Monday, March 05, 2007


Yesterday a dear family friend, Sharon (Tiny) Smith died after battling lymphoma and leukemia for about five years. I have known Tiny nearly all of my life. She came into our family by being a next-door neighbor to my Aunt Liz and Uncle Vic. She and her daughters, Rhonda and Robin, were often included in our family outings - to places far away, such as Holland, Michigan; Chicago; Lowell, Indiana; Seattle, Washington; and even in 1982 when we flew to Ireland, Scotland, England, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Wales. She was so close to us that I think my kids must have thought she was an aunt, rather than a family friend.

Life became very difficult for her after her husband, Dean, died unexpectedly in November 2005, a couple of weeks after we had spent a fun-packed week in Seattle with Heidi and Chad.

I will miss Tiny very much, but am so happy that she will no longer be suffering. Rest in peace, Tiny. May God be with you.


MamaD4 said...

Donna, we are very sorry to hear about your loss. We will say a prayer for you and for everyone who loved Tiny tonight.

-Peder said...

That's very sad, Mom. She and Dean were more like family than neighbors.