My poor mother-in-law passed away over the weekend. It was a very sudden and unexpected event, and it has everyone, most especially my husband, completely blind-sided. She was neither old nor frail, and I really did expect her to live a good long time. I suppose these things just happen sometimes. The good news is that she died at home in her bed with her animals nearby. Just the way she would have chosen. Of course this is only small consolation.
She was a formidable lady with a strong sense justice, a quick mind, and a keen sense of humor. She spent much of her time caring for those who had no one else; her circle of rescued pets was an ever-changing menagerie. Her circle of friends was larger still, and I know there will be many people missing her in the years to come. She loved her family fiercest of all, and there will forever be a gap left by her departure from this world.