Monday, December 23, 2013

Remembering Cousin Bill

My cousin, Bill, died in a motorcycle accident on November 8th. His wife, Anita, recently sat down to write thank-you notes to all who had expressed comfort and sympathy in any way in the aftermath of the accident. As she thought through what she wanted to say, the thank-you notes changed to a letter of thanks and reminiscences of her life with Bill.
I'm publishing her letter in its entirety here on the blog because it meant so much to me, and I wanted to share it with family and anyone else who might be interested; but I'll understand if some of you would prefer to skip this post.
At the end of Anita's two-page letter are two pages of a photo collage that she put together and included with her letter.






  1. What a beautiful tribute Anita wrote for Bill and for their years together. Yes, I read it all. and thank you for sharing it. I like this better than the usual thank-you-for-all-you-did cards.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Linda!

  2. what a great love for him she has.

  3. The love and positivity radiating from this letter is so beautiful. Sharing the love of the Lord and hope of the hereafter...that's the believer's calling and she expressed it so well here. Thank you for sharing this, Linda. A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and Doug!

  4. Thanks Linda for your post on our blog.
    Greetings, RW & SK

  5. This is a beautiful tribute to your cousin Bill. I think his wife did an excellent job of expressing what was in her heart. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. What a great letter… Sounds like those two had a great life together. Sorry it ended when it did--but she does have great memories… Love the 'horse' story…

    Merry Christmas.

  7. A wonderful letter, Linda, and I love your photo collage. Merry Christmas to you and your family. God bless you.

  8. How terrible for Bill and his family. And thinking that this tragedy happened on my birthday makes me shiver, and serves as a reminder to stay clear of motorcycles. Take care and my condolences for the loss of your cousin.

  9. Such a sad loss for Anita (and everyone) but she sure wrote a lovely tribute to Bill. It sounds like he enjoyed life to the fullest.

  10. Thank you, Linda, for the beautiful letter and great pictures of your cousin, Bill. No wonder you wanted to share it. Our sincere sympathy is extended to you and Doug, and we will pray for all of you in your loss.

  11. Beautiful letter....What a wonderful life they had together....I am sorry for the loss.


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