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Sue Burke
My sister died yesterday 
10th-Jan-2014 01:13 pm

My sister, Elizabeth Rose Horton, died yesterday at age 53 of cancer.

She was five years younger than me, blonde, energetic and fun, smart and practical. She leaves behind a son with a personality a lot like hers but cranked a few notches higher, and a gentle and loving husband. Through hard work, Beth created a good life and a happy home in west Texas.

But she smoked, and last January she was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, an especially aggressive kind. It seemed to be in remission when I saw her at Fourth of July, but it came back. I spent a few weeks with her in November and December to help her and her husband, and to get her to a Thanksgiving family reunion at my younger brother’s home.

Though we were far away in distance, we were close by telephone and internet. In person or by phone, we would talk — and laugh and laugh. Even at the end, when she was weak and often confused, she was still making jokes.

My little sister was the glue that kept people together, and now we must do it ourselves.

She was maid of honor at my wedding in 1992. This is a photo of us with my grandmother and mother. My mother died in 1994, my grandmother in 2001, and my sister in 2014.

— Sue Burke

10th-Jan-2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this. My condolences.
10th-Jan-2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. People have been very kind, and that helps.
10th-Jan-2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry! ::sending a hug::
10th-Jan-2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Hug received. Thank you.
10th-Jan-2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
Very sorry for your loss.
10th-Jan-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words really; please know I'm thinking of you.
10th-Jan-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Your kind thoughts -- everyone's kindness -- is a real help.
10th-Jan-2014 04:03 pm (UTC) - From Ane
So sorry for your loss, old friend.
10th-Jan-2014 08:53 pm (UTC) - Re: From Ane
Thank you. That annoying little sister of our joint childhood became a wonderful friend in adulthood. I miss her already.
10th-Jan-2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
May the memories be a blessing and a comfort. My sympathy to you and yours.
10th-Jan-2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
I remember when she got her first car, and our grandfather convinced her (briefly) that one thing she had to do to winterize it was to change the air in the tires from summer air to winter air. We all laughed about that.
10th-Jan-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
So very sorry to hear this. Sounds like you've got some good memories, and while that doesn't make this "better," it will give you some small comfort, maybe.

10th-Jan-2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I remember when she was getting married, and my job the day before the wedding was to keep her calm. At one point she had two cigarettes going at once and never noticed -- until I pointed it out years later, and we had a good laugh.

Thank you for the hug.
10th-Jan-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
My sincere condolences.
11th-Jan-2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The support of friends has been a real help.
11th-Jan-2014 01:04 am (UTC)
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Deb Nessler-Zaffiro
11th-Jan-2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. They are very much appreciated.
11th-Jan-2014 03:28 am (UTC)
So very sorry to hear this.
11th-Jan-2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It has been hard and I am comforted by the sympathy and support of so many people.
11th-Jan-2014 08:05 pm (UTC) - sympathy
Deepest Sympathy
suep UBAD
12th-Jan-2014 04:28 pm (UTC) - Re: sympathy
Thank you. Her final days were in the loving care of her son and husband, and home hospice nurses "who couldn't be sweeter," she said. I spoke to her one last time on Monday, and although she was very weak and confused, I told her I loved her -- and I even made her laugh.
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