I’ve been busy the past month taking care of all the paperwork that is associated with someone’s death. My husband died on April 1, wasn’t unexpected as he was 92 and his health had been declining. He had a short hospital stay and was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. Neither place did much to help him.

Someone from the family went where he was for every meal; if they hadn’t most of the time he wouldn’t have eaten. He could no longer see and didn’t want to eat.

It was a blessing when he left this world to move onto heaven. I truly miss him. I am not alone, as my granddaughter, her husband and three girls live with me, and it helps.

The many years I spent with Tempe Crabtree and her adventures ended with the 20th mystery, A Final Farewell. Besides a body found in a drained pond, the ongoing character Miqui Sherwood has two beaus competing for her love. 

Many of the things I once did to promote a book are no longer possible, either physically or financially including nearly all the wonderful mystery conventions and conferences. I am planning to attend the Public Safety Writers Association’s annual conference in July.

I have great memories of all the places my husband and I did go to attend Left Coast Crime, Bouchercon and others, and all the wonderful people we met, writers and fans.

This will be my last post for Ladies of Mystery, and I’ve had a great time being a part of this group. I’ll continue to read all of the posts.

One thing I’m not ending is my writing. I’m planning a young adult mystery set during World War II.

I bid farewell and to all my writer friends, keep writing, and enjoy all the perks that come along with it.


9 thoughts on “TIME FOR ENDINGS

  1. Thanks to all. We had a wonderful Celebration of Life for my husband this past weekend–granddaughters planned it and other grands participated, wonderful celebration and great turn out, plus an American Legion motorcyle group did a flag tribute and taps were played. Couldn’t have been a better ending for a 20 year Navy veteran. Miss him, but I’m doing well.

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  2. Marilyn, your strength of character and love of life shines in this post. Those are only two of the reasons I will miss reading them. I am sorry for the loss of your husband, but from everything you wrote, it was time and nobody knew that more than you. But still, letting go can be one of the hardest things to do. I hope you will come back to Ladies of Mystery from time to time and let us know what you are up to. Meanwhile, thank you for all you have brought to us. And God bless.


  3. I have enjoyed all of your posts, Marilyn. You will be missed here but you are always welcome to be a guest. Thinking of you and your family as your life changes.


  4. Thank you for sharing your life with us, and I hope the grieving isn’t too long. I’ll miss your posts here but will look for your news elsewhere.


  5. Many thanks for this post. Condolences on the loss of your husband, and wishing you continued success with your writing. We will miss your posts here!


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