Life’s Reflections: Deaths affect the living; leaving only the memories

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It seems like the death rate of loved ones is on the increase again as more and more people I know have passed away.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t recognize the name of a deceased person in the obituaries.

I know it’s going to happen more and more as time goes on, but it’s still hard to handle. People of all ages are dying. Death has no boundaries.

I was glad to hear the news that the missing Ellie Carder was located, but that news had to be bittersweet for the family. Yes, she has been found, but why and how did her death happen?

The missing 14-year-old disappeared almost two weeks ago in Troy. Her body was found in the Great Miami River.

I especially want to extend my condolences to Ellie’s grandmother, Darla Printz Whittaker of Greenville, and Darla’s husband, Allen, who have been frantic since her disappearance.

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about the death of my aunt, D’Arleen Moody Waymire, who was the last of the top branches of the Moody family tree?

Now I am sad to report the death of cousin, Don Moody, who died on Sunday, one month to the day of his 70th birthday. He was born the day after Groundhog Day, February 3, 1954.

He leaves behind two sons, Dylan and Logan, and stepchildren, Dani and Andy, plus some grandchildren, a brother and three sisters, and lots of other family members and friends.
If I do say so myself, Don was a great guy, a great father and grandfather, and a great friend to many. In addition to loving his family, he had a love for horses.

He was sick once before quite a number of years ago and recovered, and I know he was trying hard to fight this last battle but was not as fortunate as before.

My thoughts go out to Don and his family and friends during this time of sorrow.

He is the first one in the Moody family of the grandchildren to pass away, but when I was writing about our aunt, I never thought I would be writing about another family member this soon.

I think we all should let our friends know we love and appreciate them as often as we can. I sure wish I could have said that to Don. I was proud of him and loved talking to him when we’d see each other. He loved life.

He will be missed, as I’m sure Ellie Carder will be by her family members and other loved ones.

R.I.P., both of you.

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Ellie Carder, Don Moody, Patricia Hope, William Todd Longfellow, Jeanette Detling, John L. Deeter, and Marjorie Class.

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Please pray for these people: Kinley Bernard, Kathy Burke, Gladys Neff, Kara Didier, Dave and Ginny Reese (of Hopewell, Pa.), Carl Francis, Craig “Cheese” Thompson, Katie West, Bridget Brown, Don DeBord, Otis Stewart, Chris Clark, Kyle Kaiser, Tina Ruble Ullery, Cindy Lovejoy, Janet Kammer, Slug Midlam, Bob Peters, Phyllis Brumbaugh, Sonny Custer, Judy Collins, Linda Gasper, Carol Hemmerich, Stephanie Klingshirn, Alice Knick, Brenda Schlechty, Betty Burnfield, Dan Lockhart, Roberta Hall, Pam Norman-Penticuff, Kelly Kelch, Mike Mayse, Larry Linder, Steve Waymire, Jamie Knick, Nikole Baldridge, Chester Bryant, Lester Beisner, Delores Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy.
Also, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Ralph Byrd, Doug Winger, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Bruce Kaiser, Amanda Mote, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Judie Hathaway, Randy Garrison, Kathy Gragorace, Becky Everhart, Donna Bixler, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all others who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.

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Happy birthday:

March 8 to Aaron Guthrie, Janet Clemens, Nicole Williams, and Lucinda Shaner.  
March 9 to Lyle Cochran, Jan Riegle Turner, Richard Birt, Phyllis Oliver, Shari Hammaker,  Chris Barnhardt, Julie Hall, Ken Wombold, Jason Gilmore, Amanda Borchers and Kathy Gregorace.  
March 10 to Jodi Norton, Pat Spearman, Staci Schmidt, Chris Conway, Wilma Flack and Patty Wisner.  
March 11 to Karlee Deaton, John Coppess, Jason Hemmerich, and Phil Crawford.
March 12 to Don Lyme, Eric Bickel, Jerry Young, Missy Riethman, David Kruckeburg, Marilyn Wetzel,  Kailey Hammaker, Cheryl Leeper, Krystal Stewart, Kurt Troutwine, Diane Leeper Jenkins and Kathy Dill.
March 13 to Mary Duncan, Deb Staver, Shane Clark, Heath Gessler, Margaret Hoening, Brian Saintignon, Peggy Sonnner, Gina Ferguson and Craig Francis.
March 14 to Stephanie Didier, Joyce Dotson, Dixie Stickelman, Madyson Buckingham, Justin Petrosino, Jesse Cline, and Sharon Siders.

Happy anniversary to Larry and Becky Garrison on March 12, Jay and Amber Biddlestone on March 12, Mike and Shari Hammontree on March 13, and Bill and  Jane Gantt on March 14.
   
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Think about it: “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” ― Isaac Asimov.