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Condolence From: Nancy Richards-Stower
Condolence: Dear Kathy, Donna, Ernie, Ray, Peter and Michael,

Your Mom was such a pillar of our strongly bonded Yarmouth neighborhood and of the lives of the Richards family. For over a half a century she was a central presence to the Norman Rockwell painting of our childhoods through adulthoods (and during the "bumps"). I loved her dearly and celebrated that she welcomed into your larger family, our smaller one during times of good and sad. My mom, Sarah, and your mom "Pete" shared so much of their lives, as did our dads, Ray and Carl. Times shared at our kitchen tables and yards, at card tables and picnic tables are the stuff of strong friendships in a strong and steady neighborhood, and I am so happy that in recent years I was more frequently reintroduced to those traditions and especially after we settled back in my family's home permanently last year. Your Mom loved her family, and appreciated all you did for her. I smile when I think that my last visit a few days before she passed included her whistling for me, and I for her ('tho I had to go outside as mine is a ballpark whistle and I didn't want to blast her eardrums). But even though she was weaker, her whistle was clear, true, pretty and happy. That she danced, and twirled and lifted weights until her last days was so inspiring. That she continued to cheerlead the good works of The Good Cause gift shop led to my family's support and a connection to a fabulous group of women who "walk the walk" and its volunteeers always speak so highly of your Mom and her years of volunteer efforts there. Her passing has created a crater in the space of our neighborhood and in the life of my family. My heart aches for your loss. A fantasy I create in my imagination is of Carl and Sarah, "Pete" and Ray, Helen and Jim Walker, all chatting in our adjoining backyards, laughing and sharing - before heading back to the tasks that that hard working generation always had before them. Bottom line: a huge part of my own life has fallen away with your Mom's passing and I am very sad. Whenever I look over to your house, I picture your Mom in the kitchen window or at the door, and knew if any of my family came over, she'd always welcome us in and for a visit. Those visits were so much a part of a wonderful, solid history of love and friendship. I will always think of your Mom whenever I look over to your house. She will never be forgotten. Love, Nancy
Thursday April 13, 2017
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