Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Can't Get More 'Southern' Than That...

A sharp-eyed friend sent me this obit she spied in our local paper, knowing my love for the irregular ones...it's one of the best I have read...kudos to her woman's family for writing it....I am using her real name, it's so fitting...

Dorothy Viola Southern, formerly of xxx, passed away xxx on xxxx. ....(her children) are glad that she died peacefully and not in a shoot-out. Undoubtedly, she was quite a character, feisty, passionate, out-spoken, and known for her many shenanigans in her 83 years. In spite of her nine marriages and mostly turbulent life, Mom was a dedicated conscientious mother to her five children.

Born xxx to xxx, she married at the age of 13, had two children by the age of 16, was a jack of all trades, and lived in 12 states before she died. She was most proud of her career modeling shoes with her tiny size-4 foot.*

Her children never ceased to marvel at her tenacity, work ethic, ingenuity, and sense of humor that she kept throughout it all. Unfortunately she never learned the art of contentment or anger management which she desperately needed. But, understandably, she got off to a rocky start and never had a fair chance.

She sincerely delighted in (well, except sometimes when she was living near them), her 11 grandchildren...She also had four great-grandchildren who are familiar with the urban legend of their crazy grandmother...Almost to the end she was still making people laugh, cussing people out, and looking for the perfect husband.

*do hope she had more than one...

Can't ask for anything better than that......

16 comments:

Tricia McWhorter said...

What a fabulous obit!! I'll have to share this with my writing group. We're always celebrating wonderful obituaries. Thanks for bringing this one to a greater audience.

Thanks, too, for the lovely words you left as a comment on my essay, "Gone". A number of people have told me I should try to get it published and I may just look into that.

Your button is way cool!

Innocent Owner Of Mad Cats said...

Now that is someone I wish I had met.

*that explains why there is only one shoe on display at the stores.

strokeofliving said...

Gosh, I loved reading that too. A)it's well written and B)I had a crazy, cussing grandmother as well. There's comfort in the familiar, I guess.

I appreciate your appreciation for the irregular.

Deborah said...

WOW, she sounded awesome!
I took your button! I love it!

Cid said...

Love it. My Dad, who is only 67, wants all his children to submit an obituary for him to choose from. He also wants two photos to run with it, one of him in full cowboy gear (he loves to ride) and one with his grandchildren. I will pass this along to my siblings as inspiration.

Eva Gallant said...

That was great!

Secretia said...

A wonderful written tribute, legendary!

kys said...

Sounds like the premise for a novel.

adrienzgirl said...

Nothing funnier than a little old lady full of piss and vinegar!

Keith said...

That was wonderful to read. Thank you for posting that. I hope your week has started off well. Take care.

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Jessica Cangiano said...

She sounds like an immensely wonderful women, even if she did have a bit of a hellfire temper. I can only image the plethora of incredible stories about the everyday and the amazing she could have spend long afternoons telling us all about.

Thank you deeply for your visit and lovely comment, it's a joy to make your acquaintance.


Wishing you a beautiful Wednesday,
♥ Jessica

Purple Flowers said...

Now that's a rootin' tootin' lady!

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Skip Simpson said...

The strange part is... I actually KNOW people like that, here in Alabama!!!

Pam Boyd said...

Thank you for posting this obit of my mother. I wrote it "real" because I think she would have wanted it that way. The posted comments were very encouraging! I have written a comedy screenplay about her called BAGGAGE CLAIM. I was offered an option contract on it last year and they were talking about Shirley Maclaine playing my mother but things have now fallen through. But, I'll keep trying. Her legacy is too rich. If anyone wants to read it let me know...Pam Boyd www.dramaticconclusions.com