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Remembering Sue: A Tribute to My Beloved Sister

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Flowers always bring a smile to my face. My sister Sue shared my love for them. In our childhood, we used to weave daisies into bracelets and crowns for our heads.  Our mother's garden provided us with vibrant peonies in hues of hot pink, white, and light pink, which we fashioned into beautiful bouquets. The rhododendron bush in our front yard yielded an abundance of hot pink blossoms, from which we crafted corsages for our teachers. We also adorned our windowsills with delicate purple violets plucked from around the bushes lining our driveway. We loved our yellow tulips that sprouted up every spring amongst the violets.

Today, I received a bouquet of gorgeous spring flowers from caring friends, inspiring me to express my thoughts on paper on the loss of my sister.

Voicing my thoughts has been challenging, but her memory is alive within me. Sue was a gracious, loving and courageous woman who valiantly battled Parkinson's and scoliosis.

Her daughters showed unwavering love and support throughout her journey. Faith guided Sue in life, and it sustains us now.

We called ourselves the "Cleary kids" as there were three of us, my brother John, Sue and I. This was us in 1979 and at Sues’ 80th birthday party in 2022.

As the time came for her to depart, we find solace in the belief that she's in a better place. Sue, I cherish our growing up years, and as time went on, our weekly conversations, and will miss them profoundly. You meant the world to me, Sister.

With love always...... your sis.


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - I remember stories of your sister Sue.  Your remembrance of your childhood seems to reinforce, for me, the sensory experience we bring with us in the journey of life.   An especially thoughtful post.  I also recall the California connection she brought to my recollection from reading your posts over the years.   

Mar 21, 2024 05:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes Michael Jacobs she lives in Simi Valley and has most of her life. We went out for her 80th birthday in 2022 and such a fun time to spend with her. I'll be going out next week to be there for her services and lay her to rest.

Mar 21, 2024 07:09 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Sooooooooo very very sorry Dorie. No words, just tears..........................

Mar 21, 2024 05:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Sheila Anderson ..it is a sad time yet also joyful to celebrate her life.

Mar 21, 2024 07:09 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

I am so glad you have wonderful memories of your sister.  i am blessed with four. Bill 

Mar 21, 2024 06:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Wow Bill Salvatore - East Valley you are blessed!

Mar 21, 2024 07:10 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is terrible to lose someone we love, but we always have those memories that make us smile every so often. 

Mar 21, 2024 06:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You are right Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty ...many fond memories.

Mar 21, 2024 07:10 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Heartbreaking. So sorry Dorie. 

You have given her a beautiful tribute. 

Mar 21, 2024 08:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Sharon Tara ..I was at loss to what to say until I received this gogeous boquet of spring flowers..then I knew.

Mar 21, 2024 01:05 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

My deepest sympathy, Dorie Dillard, Austin, TX. It is so painful to lose a sister. You have written a beautiful tribute to her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mar 21, 2024 09:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Hannah Williams it is a painful loss.

Mar 21, 2024 01:06 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Treasure your fond memories, Dorie.

Have a great day.

Mar 21, 2024 09:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Roy Kelley we always were both a sucker for spring flowers!

Mar 21, 2024 01:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie- I was very sorry to hear of your loss. I too remember your posts about The Cleary family and remember how close you were. Beautiful memories. Your tribute was from the heart. Keep those warm memories close to you. 

Mar 21, 2024 11:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I will cherish those memories and I will always treasure those wind chimes you sent and can't wait to get them up and I'm getting them for her daughters and my brother. Love them!!

Mar 21, 2024 01:09 PM
Kathy Streib

Dorie...I'm so happy that you like them.  

Mar 21, 2024 05:58 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Dorie, You've offered a touching tribute to your sister and such fond memories. My condolences for your loss!

Mar 21, 2024 12:49 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thsank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

Mar 21, 2024 01:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie I have lost my mom and dad, but I have not lost a sibling yet, and it is an experience I do not know how I will handle when the time comes.

Mar 21, 2024 01:21 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

So sorry for you loss.  Haven't lost a sibling, but have a brother in law and two nephews and not looking forward to saying goodbye to one of the 3 of my siblings.  Maybe they will say good-bye to me.

Mar 21, 2024 01:38 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi George Souto 

It is a painful blow that is for sure.

Mar 21, 2024 01:47 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Don Baker ,

Thank you for your kind words. It's hard and I guess since she is the oldest it might be expected but never want to think about it.

Mar 21, 2024 01:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow Dorie Dillard Austin TX  lovely post and great photos, I agree with you she is in a better place today... reminds me of my mother in law who said this 15+ years ago... I am glad I am on my way out... and I agree with her observations, Endre

Mar 21, 2024 10:20 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you chef Endre Barath, Jr. ..she was a wonderful sister and will be greatly missed.

Mar 22, 2024 05:16 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love that you always value family so much and have such strong relationships with them.  I am sure that Sue is looking down upon you with a great deal of admiration!

Mar 22, 2024 05:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

She is probably giving my Geno some grief Brian England ! LOL! She loved to tease him.

Mar 23, 2024 01:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

What a wonderful, heartfelt tribute to Sue and some cherished memories. How wonderful to have those special photos!

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss! May wonderful memories gradually help to ease the pain and sorrow!


Mar 23, 2024 03:23 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Saying a final goodbye to a sister or a loved one is never easy. This tribute with the photos you shared is so heartwarming. Keeping a loved one captured in photos and our memories helps us remember the good times and the challenging. Loss is never easy. I send my deepest condolences to you and your family at large. 

May peace be with you. 

Mar 23, 2024 10:24 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

My heart goes out to you, Dorie! I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all the beautiful memories, and in bouquets of flowers, in vibrant peonies, daisies, and rhododendrons.  

Mar 25, 2024 08:27 AM