|Mary Dunn Brown: 1/27/1958-1/26/2017|
|The day she became an angel on a earth - aka: a nurse|
|They laugh alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike.|
|As a family, we were very Kennedy-esque.|
|Our doting grandparents|
|Mary and Jeff on their wedding day.|
Life got busy. Though Marie and I lived in the same town, we still didn't see each other as often as we could have. Mary lived on the other side of the state, so, with the exception of weddings and funerals, we no longer saw her. When Mary's brother died in 1990, I couldn't attend the memorial because I'd just had a baby. My siblings attended, and when they came home I asked them, "How is Mary? How is she handling it?" My sister said, "I think she's being strong for her mother." Mary had a son not long afterwards. When they were still boys, her son, Justin, stayed with mine and their older cousin while we adults attended Marie's oldest daughter's wedding. After the wedding, Mary and I popped open a bottle of rum and sat at my kitchen table talking until 3 a.m. We vowed we would get together more often. That was September, 2001.
But, the world moved too fast. We were so busy! Next thing we knew, our children graduated from high school. Marie became a grandmother. Mary lost her mother. Not long after, I lost my brother. The last time I saw Mary was at my father's memorial service in 2011. Six years ago. Six. Years.
|Mary's parents, Shirley and Jim Dunn|
|Mary (front row 1st on the left) and her siblings, grandparents, cousin Marie and aunt and uncles.|