Feeling sad now because my dear Aunt Ellie passed away today, surrounded by her children and family. As a child, my brother and I spent many summer weeks at her house, being inspired by her kindness and cheer. She was a rock for the ages – a tireless mother of seven who dedicated the last few decades to the library where she served her community.
This evening, Miles and I hiked up into the El Cerrito hills, where we found a stand of eucalyptus at sunset. I said my farewell to Aunt Ellie through tears, thanked her for life, and offered blessings for her journey. Miles said he had never seen me cry before, and we walked back down the hill in silence.
Thank you, Eleanor Hastings, for all of your wonderful years. You will be sorely missed.
Aunt Ellie’s obituary in the San Jose Mercury News.