Yesterday in Knox City, Texas, on behalf of the Pittman family, I delivered my aunt’s eulogy. This is a brief tribute to her. When the photos are developed, I’ll post a few, and perhaps the transcript of the eulogy I gave.
In Loving Memory of Mildred Pittman Stubbs
Born Feb. 5, 1925
Passed Away, Feb. 23 2008
Buried in Knox City Cemetery (Texas)
A Poem for My Aunt Mildred
I led the other family members in prayer,
Each of us remembering you in our memories,
None of them the same,
But all of them sacred.
I thought of your prickly pear jelly,
The many books on your shelves,
In one I discovered Edgar Allan Poe,
I thought of the knick-knacks above the books,
Thought of your lake house at Possum Kingdom,
And the day I saved my mother from drowning there,
Thought of how you laughed constantly,
How you made me feel like a true nephew,
How you never criticized me,
Never sighed in frustration at my chatter and questions,
As if you recognized my sprouting imagination,
As I read my copy of Turok: Son of Stone,
Which I had purchased from the newstand
Across from Jones Pharmacy where you worked.
You were my aunt for all those years,
Today, I was our family’s priest,
Giving last rites, giving your eulogy,
We committed your body to the earth,
Your soul to a loving God,
Telling the world that you
Will be remembered and loved.