Late last Sunday night I got a text from my mom telling me our sweet Aunt Ronda had peacefully passed after 10 months of fighting through her battle with pancreatic cancer.
When I was growing up, my extended family lived spread between Lubbock and the north Texas area. Once in a while we’d find each other all in the same place for quick family get-togethers and big celebrations. It was always wonderful seeing everyone, playing with the cousins and hanging out with the fun aunts and uncles.
Every time I saw Aunt Ronda—and I mean every time—she always had the biggest smile and the most positive attitude. She was the kind of person who saw the glass as half full and believed fully that there was always a silver lining. Her faith was rock solid and true, something that sustained her through so much. Aunt Ronda loved her family with all she had, and she was so proud of everyone in all they did: her husband, her kids, and all those she held dear. Her kind nature and sweet spirit is a bright light we will all miss.
I wish there were more time. I wish there had been more visits. I think we’re all comforted by the fact that she is no longer in pain and that she had loved ones waiting for her when she passed, like her daddy and her mother-in-law, my sweet grandmother. Today we celebrate Aunt Ronda’s life but we carry her wonderful spirit with us. I know the church will be filled with many hearts who cared for her and her family. I pray my Uncle Gordy and my cousins feel the love and support around them today and know just how much she meant to so many people. For me, I’ll miss her kind nature and sweet smile.