Passing of a Dear Loved One

My dearest Aunt Mae passed this week after a very long productive and blessed life. Had she lived to see March 6th of this year she would have reached the age of 89. She is survived by her husband Uncle Murl, her son, Billy Wayne, grandchildren and great grandchildren and a half sister. Aunt Mae was the last living full sister of my mother and I had a wonderful relationship with her. Lana and I saw her last summer and had a wonderful visit. This gives me pause to remember to give the roses while they live.

Give Me the Roses

Wonderful things of folks are said
When they have passed away
Roses adorn the narrow bed
Over the sleeping clay

Give me the roses while I live
Trying to cheer me on
Useless are flowers that you give
After the soul is gone

Praises are heard not by the dead
Roses they cannot see
Let us not wait till souls have fled
Generous friends to be

Faults are forgiven when folks lie
Cold in the narrow bed
Let us forgive them ere they die
Now should the words be said


Jeff Leo said...


My sincere condolences on the passing of Aunt May. She was as sweet and kind as any Southern Belle you’d care to meet, and an absolute tribute to find Southern Cooking as I recall.

I spent some time with Aunt May and Uncle Merle, it must have been the summer of 76 or so but I may be a bit off on the year. I recall her graciousness and caring toward me as a young teen, she left an indelible impression on me. What a sweetheart she was!

A nice story I can relate, on my visit to their home that summer Aunt May observed how much I coveted bib overalls everyone in the region sported. She took pity on me and showed me to the Mall one day where she purchased a pair that I could wear to blend in with the locals. I was so happy and proud of those bibs, and I still have a pair I wear to this day…I often think of her when I wear them about.

I remember running around on their property, looking for Indian arrowheads and trying to find copperheads. I’ll never forget their kindness and hospitality…

CaptainDon said...


Aunt Mae and Uncle Murl commented on you visit with them when I spoke with them last summer. They recounted the way you bounded off through the countryside and then had very fond memories of you and your visit. Thanks for your kind words.


Shelly Montgomery said...

I am very greatful to have had the time to spend a few years ago with Aunt Mae and Uncle Murl. I am glad that my children had the opportunity to meet them. I also am fond of the stories that they told me on that trip. Aunt Mae will live on in the minds and memories of those who loved her!