I recall Eloise's mgnificent spirit throughout the years as we read her excellent comments about health and enjoying life in all phases, her humor and joy at sharing family experiences in her posts for all to enjoy, and her marvelous sense of reaching out in friendship to all. During the past two years as my husband was in the USA on a leave of absence from his home university in Egypt and in the process of applying for American citizenship, Eloise invited us to come to visit her in Montreal. And she mentioned that if we really wanted to see a beautiful City at its best, be sure to come during the Winter Christmas Holidays, when the City-wide decorations would be outstanding.
Unfortunately, we did not take that opportunity to visit. Yesterday, when I spoke with Mohamed (who returned to Egypt in mid-June) and mentioned Eloise's recent passing, he caught his breath and I could hear him praying very softly. He finally said (almost to himself) "Ah, our Lord must need a very special Angel."
And I also recall the genuine feelings Eloise expressed to me when my son deployed as an Army Chaplain - twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. He is safely home now in the USA, but Eloise's earlier words have always remained in my mind: "Do not fear. Your son travels surrounded by prayers from many."
For those friends who actually met and interacted with Eloise and her marvelously joyful and elegant fun-loving personality, I surely envy you that pleasure. Although she is not with us physically , I am confident that she is with us in our Hearts.
Thanks also to DON for sharing his memories of his recent trip to visit Eloise and her daughter, Isabelle. And most especially for that lovely picture!