Posted by: mydarkestplaces | August 21, 2009

My Eulogy for Anne

My life is in upheaval. I got a pretty incredible gig at the Boot, one with guaranteed hours, benefits, vacation time, the works. My excitement and enthusiasm for this position, for the possibilities that it opens up, know no bounds. Except for this tempering fact: a woman that I love dearly passed away this morning.

Anne was one of those one-in-a-million kind of ladies. I didn’t know her terribly well, but I knew her well enough to know that when she got to visit the grandkids her eyes would light up. I knew her well enough to know that her husband of many a year was the love of her life. She was probably one of the toughest ladies I know. She was diagnosed with a type of ovarian cancer in the late 80s. She fought it consistently throughout the years up until today. She fought cancer in every way imaginable – her fight is how I got to know her.

She called Camden home, but over the past couple years she and her husband found themselves spending more and more time in Portland (to be near the hospital). Although she would probably call the Camden Relay for Life her “home” relay, she quickly adopted – and became an integral part of – the South Portland Relay (my “home” relay). Her first year on committee she was our secretary extraordinaire and our Advocacy Chair. In her second year, she became our honorary chair. Our committee’s love for her, and her dedication to fighting cancer, made her a natural fit in that role. She continued to exemplify strength and courage right up through…well. Through the end, I suppose.

I didn’t know Anne the best out of the people I work with on committee (although, considering I have a blood-sibling and friend-sibling on there, I would have had to know her VERY well to beat that), but she is one of the two people I’ve met who has left the biggest mark on my life and my heart. Her vivaciousness, her love, her generosity, and her smile will be missed by all that knew her.

Wherever you are now, Anne, I hope you’re comfy, you’re happy, and you’re watching us fight on, on your behalf.

Anne and Husband

I will forever love you to life.


  1. […] vulnerable. A bit of stress at work, a lot of memories. I’ve found myself thinking of Ann. I keep thinking I see Julia¬†around Freeport. Next week is a memorial service for Brian. […]

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