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Mary Ortega Trainor, 1932-2008

Mom died yesterday afternoon around 4:15. This came as an unpleasant surprise to Carlos and I; neither one of us were present at the time, and so we didn't find out until a couple of hours later. According to her doctor, the cause was heart failure, probably aggravated by any number of other conditions.

My brother and I are now in the process of sorting through papers and making decisions about things. While Carlos is executor and sole heir -I didn't want anything- he's leaning on me to get some things done since he hates paperwork in all its forms, while I, for my sins, am a somewhat competent bureaucrat. So I spent some time on the phone today calling Arlington, the Bolling AFB chapel office, the VA, and making arrangements as best I could. The only thing that's set (albeit loosely) is that we're not going to inter Mom at Arlington until late September or maybe October; there's currently a five-week backlog, so Carlos and I agreed that putting it off until the fall makes more sense.

More stuff later as we become aware of it.

UPDATE: Thanks to all of you for your kindness and sympathy.

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fsf_rapier
Jun. 17th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
You have my most sincere condolances.

A lot of well meaning people are going to ask how you are doing. The easiest answer I ever came up with was "as well as can be expected". This let's people know that while you are heartsick and really aren't yourself, you realize that you will be okay eventually.

You will be.

In the meantime, don't hesitate to ask for help if you need anything.

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