Well, the final curtain has descended and goodbyes have been said in the last of the public forums. I'll let this thread pass on into the archive.
In the near future I expect to be posting some more thoughts about my sister as well as the lyrics of the eulogy song I did at the funeral in my blog on MySpace at SouthernCelt so drop by my page (personal page, not the music page) if you'd care to read any of it.
When I get the lyrics posted, those of you familiar with Jed Marum's music will realize that I've co-opted one of his songs, "Banks of the Mobile," and rewritten about half the lyrics. I've posted something so Jed is aware that I did that; hopefully he won't think I've butchered what is a great song in the original form. I opted to do a song primarily because I felt I could express my thoughts about my sister better through a song than I could through either spoken verse or prose; I knew I'd never get through it if I tried to speak extemporaneously w/o well-thought-out phrasing.
Thanks to all who sent their wishes and sympathies whether here in public postings or privately. All were greatly appreciated.
One final thought: I knew my sister was well-liked in many circles by many people but being some distance away, I never comprehended just how many people she interacted with and how many were so affected by her passing. There were probably more people at her funeral than I've ever seen at a funeral for a non-public figure in my life. Plus there was an almost equal number who visited prior to the funeral but could not stay due to commitments with participation in Mardi Gras events locally. Many of these were musicians of varying genres and I never knew until yesterday just how far-reaching or how positive her impact in the musical community was.
Thanks again for all the good wishes.