Take comfort in memories of loved one lost

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An open letter to the family of Cecilia Malizia:

At the call of our heavenly father, my dear friend and former co-worker, Cecilia Malizia, has taken flight from this earthly life to the celestial home above.

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Cecilia — or as I called her, Ceal. It is with deep sympathy that I send you this message to comfort and console you in your bereavement.

Ceal was a gentle, kind, warm, helpful and compassionate soul. She possessed the unique ability to unselfishly support and assist those around her. I am grateful to her, for I was the beneficiary of much of her kindness for 14 years.

I pray that you will lift up your heads, be strong and find consolation in the words of our heavenly father, who said: “Cast your burdens on him, for earth hath no sorrows that heaven cannot heal.” May the beautiful memories you have of your loved one sustain and strengthen you at this time.

Somewhere back of the sunset,

Where loveliness never dies

She lives in a land of glory

Mid the blue and gold of the skies.

And I who have known and loved her

Whose passing has brought sad tears,

Will cherish her memory always,

To brighten the passing years.

Done in profound sorrow March 1, 2011.

Mary L. Boyd-Foy


Updated 10:41 am, October 12, 2011
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