Merry Christmas

December 17 – December 23

Christmas Tree

This has been a week of much sadness, as well as great joy.  Our great friend Ambrose called us last Sunday to tell us that Maureen, his beautiful wife, had passed away the night before.    A breast cancer survivor, Maureen had struggled with Parkinson’s for some years – though never less than cheerfully, as befitted the author of How to Sing in the Rain with a Frog in Your Throat.  Although a bantam-weight, Maureen was one tough lady.  We can’t adequately express our sadness, but Ambrose expressed the joy of Maureen’s life in his eulogy at St. Bernard’s, yesterday.  And he and his daughters were surrounded by family and many friends.

Liz (their oldest daughter) and Ed (her spouse)  had moved to Pittsburgh and presented them with their first grandchild – Ambrose William.  If that doesn’t rival Christmas, I don’t know what does.

We, and many others, will miss Maureen and do our best to keep Ambrose off the streets and out of the pool halls.  No doubt Liz, Ed and young Ambrose and Cate (Ambrose and Maureen’s youngest daughter) and her husband Adam will do even more.

This week, we’ll offer no recipe – just thanks for the joys of the season and acceptance of the sadness of losing someone mingled with the joy of knowing that her life was well spent.  Maureen’s legacy will persist in the memory and lives of children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Christmas Chihuahua

Rusty, unable to pull his weight with the reindeer, his lifelong ambition, was sent home for Christmas, but given a nice cap by way of consolation.

8 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Hi Bill and Barbara!
    I am here in the coffee shop after church, where Annie Smith told me about your blog and loving tribute to Ambrose and family. Thank you! Thank you for the kind words. Ambrose is indeed fortunate to have so many great friends who will keep him out of the pool halls and off the streets. I love and thank you all!!!💙💚💜💚💙💜😊😊😊Kathy Murray kmurray507@aol.com is my email address and I just started to sign on to receive your blog. Thanks!!😊

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  2. Beautiful tribute to Maureen and the the entire Murray family. You have the words that are most fitting.
    Your tree is beautiful , and I will not tell Lilly and Chuck that Rusty was sporting a Santa hat since they don’t have one! Too cute!
    As always, thank you Bill🐇🎄💕

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    • Hi Bill and Barbara!
      I am here in the coffee shop after church, where Annie Smith told me about your blog and loving tribute to Ambrose and family. Thank you! Thank you for the kind words. Ambrose is indeed fortunate to have so many great friends who will keep him out of the pool halls and off the streets. I love and thank you all!!!💙💚💜💚💙💜😊😊😊Kathy Murray kmurray507@aol.com is my email address and I just started to sign on to receive your blog. Thanks!!😊

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  3. Bill, I hesitated to reply since your message is perfect. However, I thought you should know how much we appreciate your gift of expression and will continue to look forward to them in the new year!
    We wish you & Barbara good health and tons of Joyous moments in the New Year.
    Please tell Rusty keep his hopes up ,there is always next year, Santa will be out with his scouts!
    Ann & Chris

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  4. Thank you. So sorry we are out of town for the celebration of Maureen’s life and legacy. And grateful.you posted this. Makes me realize we do need to celebrate the little (most important) moments in life. Let’s cook together in 2019! Best wishes for celebrating life in the new year to you, Barbara and family!

    On Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 12:21 PM whatwecookedlastweek Bill Stewart posted: “December 17 – December 23 This has been a week of > much sadness, as well as great joy. Our great friend Ambrose called us > last Sunday to tell us that Maureen, his beautiful wife, had passed away > the night before. A breast cancer survivor, Maureen had ” >

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