Fare thee well

Shya Chittaley, the woman I stayed with when I was in Cleveland last year getting my headaches treated, whose mad skillz at yoga left me gaping at her, has passed on. She died on March 31 and the cremation is today. She was 97.

It was a life well-lived. She married, had two children and had two careers, one of them as an internationally recognized paleobotanist (that’s the study of fossilized plants). She didn’t retire till she was 95 and lived independently till she was 96. I hope I have an old age like she did.

7 thoughts on “Fare thee well

  1. Kat April 3, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    Oh honey, I’m so sorry. I know it is some comfort to you that she did live such a long and rich life, but it is always sad for those left behind. My condolences.

    • Meaghan April 3, 2013 / 2:50 pm

      I just feel lucky to have met her and lived with her for two weeks, just before she had a stroke that put an end to her independent living. She was quite an extraordinary person.

      • Kat April 3, 2013 / 5:49 pm

        Those type of people touch your life and will never be forgotten, which I think is one of the most important things to leave behind. Hope you are doing ok.

  2. Debbi April 3, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. People don’t have to be in our lives for a long time to have a lasting impression….

  3. marycarney April 3, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    Amazing woman! How fortunate you are to have known her.

  4. amy April 4, 2013 / 12:42 am

    So sorry for your loss, sweetie.

  5. Cattt April 6, 2013 / 1:29 am

    I hope I have such a rich life like that, too. You were so blessed, Meaghan, to have known such a great lady. I relaly marvel at people like that.

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