Maybe it's because I feel so terrible that this obituary from the Chicago Tribune caught my eye. Whatever the reason, I absolutely love the way that Mary Jane McNamee's obit leads off with a tribute to her love of reading.
With 12 children to raise, Mary Jane McNamee, an avid reader, grabbed moments for herself wherever she could.As heavy duty readers, I think that we will all agree that this is a beautiful final tribute to a loved one.
In the morning, her children would awake to find her already up, curled in a chair with a cigarette, a soda and a book. After dinner, she'd prop up a novel behind the sink to fill her mind while her hands were busy with a sky-high pile of dishes.
At no time did she seem overburdened by her plus-sized brood.
"She was fascinated by all her kids," said her son Tom, a columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times.