Friday, September 26, 2014


Beautiful Anabel
We had this picture of Ana for more than 40 years. It was taken during our wedding. She was Tina’s Matron of Honor. I took it out from the album after hiding my tears as I watched Tina mourn quietly and shed tears silently as she heard the news.

Glance at the photo. Glance it longer than usual. You would see not only a face that could launch a thousand ships but also one that is always at peace – spreading infinite love to her family and friends. You could see it in her eyes and feel it in your heart.

She was what Edgar Allan Poe called in his last poem, the envy of Angels who were “not half so happy in Heaven”.

Why would the Angels take her away?
She did everything good.
She was physically fit, vegetarian, no smoking.
Yoga, Chi Gong, mastered Ballroom Dancing.

Anabel’s family and close friends would respond using Edgar Allan Poe’s own poetic words;

“And neither the Angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.”

Goodbye Anabel! Rest in Peace!

Love, Tina and Ben

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