May 21, 2017 at 7:15 pm (Family, Remembrance)

My beloved sister-in-law Joan has said farewell to life in this world. She leaves behind a large circle of family and friends, all of whom cherished her wit, cheerfulness, loyalty, and unstinting generosity. These qualities, which she possessed in abundance, will remain with us.

Several years ago, Joan and I were talking about poetry and the possibility of an afterlife. Wordsworth’s “Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” came into the conversation – specifically this passage:

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Joan said that is how she thought of life and the existence that follows: God sends out all these souls from a secret stash of sorts; then after their appointed time on Earth, He calls them home.
His stash of souls has just been greatly enriched: Joan’s own soul now dwells among them.

Joan, at her wedding in 1964. Radiant then; radiant now




  1. Carol Hutton said,

    I’m so sorry to see this, Roberta.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Carol, your sympathy is much appreciated.

  2. Mike Duffy said,

    May Joan rest in peace. Condolences to you and Ron, the rest of her family and all who loved her.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Mike, I very much appreciate your sympathy.

  3. Rose Johnson said,

    “Trailing clouds of glory do we come from God” is a lovely thought, Roberta. May she now be returned to God, her home. So sorry for your loss.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks, Rose. I appreciate it.

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