Eleanor O'Connell Decret
Ellie was tough, wily, manipulative, opinionated, difficult to please, enthusiastic, hopeful, capricious, fey, and utterly charming.
Ellie didn't flinch. Ellie held on.
While I was fussing about the placement of a shoulder seam, Ellie's feeding tube detached.
I was annoyed that "my" perfume was discontinued and then brought back "updated" with synthetics and smelling like drugstore hairspray. Ellie breathed through a respirator and prayed to get through every night without a power outage.
I was sad that my last pair of real Joan and David shoes were beyond repair. Ellie got around in a wheelchair or was carried.
I bitched about airport lines. Ellie dealt with slow-moving ambulances.
Ellie was born into a quirky and apparently at one time monied family in Texas, raised on the Southern California coast, was the mother of a beautiful daughter, prayed when frightened as we all do, argued with God as many of us do, moved to New York, moved to France, divorced a man who stopped loving her, married a man she never stopped loving, cherished (and fought with) her friends, loved (and fought with) her family, and was at all times fierce and loyal and true.
you can learn more about Ellie at her blog, which is still up as I write this, havesomedecorum.blogspot.com