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.