My mother-in-law, Judy Aley died of complications following a routine surgery on Monday, January 28, 2013. She was a gentle, soft spoken soul, who raised six remarkable children.
She will be dearly missed.
Packing up her little apartment in the sleepy town of North Bend, Oregon was rough. It was emotional, with memories packed away at every corner and people popping in and out of rooms asking questions with no real answers.
It was difficult, dirty work and I ended each day feeling like a limp leaf.
Fortunately, every cloud has a silver-lining and getting to reminisce and bond with my 'new' family has been a blessing. All of the memories shared and tears shed has brought us closer and for that I am truly grateful.
Here are some of the pictures we discovered of Ma, before she became the Matriarch of her sprawling, spunky, smart family. Isn't she a cutie?