In Memoriam

In memory of Dorothy, 1923 - 2015.

In memory of Dorothy, 1923 – 2015.

This week, we lost a very special someone in our lives.

Dorothy Ackermann Eastwood departed this world peacefully on January 21, 2015. She was 91 years old. She had just celebrated her 76th wedding anniversary, with our beloved Grandpa Burgess, who is now left behind.

Trent – who adored his grandmother (to put it mildly) – is very, very sad. We both are.

There isn’t much we can say, other than we’re looking forward to getting to San Antonio later this week to be with family. And that she was a truly special woman, with a rare talent.

She had a gift for life.

Not only did she have four children, nine grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, but everything she touched seemed to flourish, as evidenced by her virile green thumb. It was still working its magic into her nineties.

This week, as Dorothy began to transition to whatever comes next, we began to notice that all our houseplants – struggling through an unusually cold and dry January here in the Bay Area – began to thrive and bloom unexpectedly. Many of them were gifts from grandma herself. The rabbit’s foot fern we were about to compost suddenly shot up new foliage from all it’s rhizomes. The mystery hanging plant we purchased for the front porch was peppered in white buds. The day she died, an African Violet that Dorothy gave us when we moved into our house sent up a tiny, lone bloom, almost as if in a parting wave…

Farewell blossom...

Farewell blossom…

This morning, as we made our preparations to head to her funeral in Texas, I noticed that the orchid that Dorothy had long lovingly advised us on had suddenly shot up two new bloom stalks.

And I knew that she was gone, but she wasn’t really gone.

She’ll be all around us for a long, long time, and if Trent and I have anything to say about it, she will always look good.

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5 thoughts on “In Memoriam

  1. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a lovely woman and a life well lived! Every time one of those flowers blooms, I am sure that you will think about her and know that she will always be a part of your lives. Love you!

  2. CA-Mom says:

    Thank you Lisa… this was lovely.

  3. Peter Schulz says:

    Dear Lisa and Trend,
    we are very sorry about your loss,however she will always be with you in memory as well as in thought,she will be in our prayers ,kindest regards
    Peter and Rosie Schulz

  4. Shirley Beers says:

    What a loving tribute to Aunt Dorothy! Very beautifully expressed. We are looking forward to seeing the family in SA this weekend.

  5. […] the new life all around us right now. So, since I’ve been telling everyone all about how her spirit seems to have settled in our houseplants, I thought some more photos were in […]

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