Twyla June Lehmberg (July 18 1927 - May 19 2006)
My Mom died this morning about 03:00 hours.
This is something occurring with clocklike regularity for everyone over millions of years, is a prelude to being mowed down by the dark scythe ourselves, and in no way makes any of us special.
I only mark her passing here because I can, that at almost 80 years old herself she was enchanted by the internet, and that she was an award winning artist of rare talent demanding some kind of lasting notice by someone at her passing.
She was a hard worker who wanted to live correctly and passed without so much as hard feeling from any other human being on this planet, a trick becoming increasingly hard to perform as the world accelerates to its concrescence . She left a body of work that is too beautiful to be discarded and that will likely survive her by generations. Her work will always hang in someone's home I must very confidently proclaim.
She passed easily, if painfully, from serious heart disease and lung problems, never complaining or cross, never contrary or contrite... ...never less than a good humor, and always looking for a way to laugh. She was a child at heart. She faced the future with courage, intelligence, and imagination right up to the end... as sick as she was.
She was a woman of the renaissance, an American original, and a great individual. She was a smart woman of courage. She will be truly missed.
Send no flowers, please... she’d want that money to go to someone who needed it. Donate that money to a local hospice, instead.
...See you on the other side, Twyla.