I have known my cousin Arthur since I was born. I met Kathy when he started to date her. Far Guy knew Kathy because she was a “town kid.” Her parents owned the best little restaurant on main street in Park Rapids called Wimpy's. Art and Kathy were married in 1969 three months before Far Guy and I.
Kathy wanted her ears pierced…being frugal…she decided that I should do it for her. After a few beers she put ice on both sides of her ear lobes. I threaded a needle with dental floss and pushed it through her ear…on the other side I pulled out the needle with a pliers and drew the dental floss through. She soaked the dental floss in alcohol several times a day and kept pulling it through her ear lobe…after about a week we put in earrings. This was during the winter of 1970.
Debra was born in 1971….we became Auntie Connie and Uncle Gene. A second daughter DJ died sometime in utero in 1974 or thereabouts.
When our girls were born they had an honorary Uncle Arthur and Auntie Kathy.
They moved, we moved. We saw them at family reunions weddings and funerals. Later they would buy a weekend lake place in preparation for retirement. They retired and then we retired and lived just a few miles away.
Auntie Kathy and Uncle Arthur…he wanted to kiss everyone…this was the day Debra was married.
Debra and her Mom October 1993.
Years and years would pass Auntie Kathy and Uncle Art never thought they would be grandparents…but finally they were! Three times over! They were so excited!! They loved our grands and having grands of their own was really special!
Thirty Two Days… April 16 Uncle Art called and asked us to stop by. We did. Art said “Kathy has cancer.” She was in terrible pain. I gave her a hug and encouragement that Doctors can do so much with cancer nowadays. I also told her “What is the worst thing that can happen? You will die and go to heaven and be out of pain.” She said “Yes no pain would be a good thing.” The doctors didn’t know where the cancer originated, they did many tests. Lung, Liver and Bone Cancer. She endured radiation treatments. Then the first round of chemo on May 7. She entered the hospital on May 11. We visited her several times, she was in unbelievable pain. Mostly she was unconscious…I irritated her one day and asked her if she was going to wake up…she told me to “shut up.” Far Guy told her to sit up and slap me….but she didn’t. She died May 18. It snowed off and on the day she died. I am certain she is having a big old party up there in heaven complete with the most beautiful flowers you can imagine.
Goodbye Auntie Kathy. I am sad for you husband, daughter, son in law and your beautiful grands. But I am glad you are no longer in pain.