Reflecting on the life of Winifred Ann Kelly - our Winnie - a life so vibrant and full and complete, is to extrapolate the smallest and most unique aspect of oneself which has been created through her grace.
Much like assembling a jigsaw of a thousand pieces, each piece holds meaning only in the context of the whole. It is to look inward, and outward, and all around to see the living evidence that results from a comforting touch, a firm redirection, unwavering beliefs, constant encouragement, and at its core, Love.
Grace. Dignity. Poise. Class. Each piece added, adjusted, and secured neatly into place.
Each independently beautiful while reliant on the others to create meaning. A sweet and gentle soul. Happy. Affable. Teasing. Laughter. A quick and witty retort to silence
Each piece when viewed alone resembles a child, or a grandchild, a sister, a brother, a niece, a nephew, a friend, a spouse.
Held up and examined, twisted and turned in the light for inspection, a memory represented and reflected. A smile created. Gratitude felt.
This piece, a freshly made lunch neatly packed in a brown paper sack, sandwich wrapped in wax paper with surgical precision, a gentle reminder to ‘wear a coat’. Incredible kindness, glamorous, adventurous, fitting together with ease by the creator.
And this one; gravy lovingly stirred and stirred to perfection and served at just the right time, in just the right dish, to just the right people gathered in celebration. Each hair in place, olive skin tanned, lipstick applied, neck draped in pearls.
Lifting toward the sun, inspecting, resembling Help to a friend in need,
Support with a newborn baby, Assistance to a stranger - ever-present as if scaffolding on the stages of life - Kindness and Dignity lavished with no expectation of reciprocation.
Example provided by quiet un-wavered modeling.
Shifting pieces, viewed at different angles, grandchildren hand-in-hand, sun and sand
and sea, recitals attended, the loudest cheerer in the stands, no event missed despite distance traveled, instilling a sense of esteem and self-worth.
Fort under the table, tea parties, giggles, books read, trust guaranteed through belief and faith.
Perfect nursemaid, doting, caring, Parcheesi playing, restoring health. Fits neatly beside her partner pieces as she continues to build.
Thoughtfulness, reflected in a simple yet poignant note left, phone calls just because
but always when most needed, clipping from a newspaper relevant to the receiver, personalized gift given, favorite holiday food always included, gently yet purposefully placed in the exact spot where it was always intended to fit, and now making so much sense.
Final piece added, the puzzle is fully assembled, the intricacy of the thousand pieces dissolves into the simplicity of the whole extraordinary life well lived in Love, Grace, Empathy and Compassion. And each piece dances together in celebration of the others and of the whole.
Complete and Masterful. Simplistically Elegant. Gentle Strength. Undisputedly Wise. Unquestionably Beautiful. Beyond Loved. Resoundingly Mom, Grandmother, GiGi, Auntie Winnie, Winnie,
Devoted life’s partner.
Each Piece in turn creates Peace and is alive within us all and will continue to be shared with each other and all others. For eternity.
By: Pamela Kelly Walker
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