Precious Memories of my Aunt Alice by Jane Neill-Hancock
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Who do I miss – my aunt Alice and my uncle David. I will focus here on my aunt Alice. I am so thankful to have had a big family where my younger aunt and uncles were like brothers and sisters to me.

My father is the oldest of 9 children. which means his younger siblings were close to my age, with me being the oldest child of my father. I was born when his youngest sister, Alice, was 12 years old, so she always seemed to me to be more of an older sister than an aunt. She and two of my uncles also around her age were my idols growing up – I thought they were all beautiful, amazing and talented, and of course they were! I lived only two blocks from my grandmothers house so my parents and I spent a lot of time over there and I would spend most of it with my aunt and two uncles close to my age. My aunt also would stop by my house on her way home from school many times.

I began to stay over and shared a bedroom with my aunt Alice which was awesome, I can still remember sleeping in her room and being thrilled. She had beautiful antique Victorian porcelain dolls on her dresser. Everyone in our family is a musician and she and I were both vocalists. No matter where we went in our lives, I always felt close to her and admired her.

About 20 years ago and she was still quite young ( in her early 50s ) she was diagnosed with brain cancer and given only a short time to live. She defied the odds and continued to survive and beat it for 20 years. She suffered a lot but was always singing God’s praises, positive and ready to help anyone even though she was suffering. an AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL woman inside and out. she lost her battle on March 1st, 2013. I spent 5 hours with her on Monday February 25th. she was in a coma but I know she heard me. I read scripture to her, spoke to her of our childhood, prayed with her, told her jokes etc. I know she is young and healthy in heaven now. I miss her terribly but I rejoice she is well and in the presence of our Lord Jesus.

this collage I made in powerpoint with clip art and two photos from my Uncle Don’s wedding in 1956. I am the 4 year old flower girl and the stunning bridesmaid is my Aunt Alice at 16 years old. We had a marvelous time at the wedding and yes I can remember the trip there and the wedding in great detail, even though I was 4 3/4 years old. Love the pictures I have from that time.

My name is Jane. I am an artist, writer, photographer, and an admirer of the arts. Here on RB I share my photography, writing, collages and art, and host many groups. I hope you enjoy my work.

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  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful Portraits!!!

  • thank you Vitta

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    Families like yours are a true gift and one that God has given us. Your aunt sounded like a truly wonderful woman and you are so blessed to have had her in your life. Lovely story Jane, thanks for sharing!

  • thank you Viv. I know I was and am blessed to have a family like mine – we all have our failings and mistakes but then there are the bright shining stars like my aunt. God truly blessed me with her and both myself and my sister are so happy she is with Jesus now and a bit jealous (smiles)

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    Yes, I hear ya there, my sister and mom both went on to be with the Lord in 2011 and I want to be with them too!!! In time I guess, should enjoy this life while I still have it!

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