Death ends a life, not a relationship.

The subject line is a line from the writer/author Mitch Albom, which I love and conveniently borrowed as it captures my thoughts exactly.


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My mother in law passed away yesterday and if there was ever the living embodiment of the word “matriarch,” it was Margaret (Peg) Chambers. An extremely strong woman with an unabashed love for her children and especially her grandchildren, she was truly one of a kind.


She was “more than just a mother in law” however. She was a very close part of my life these past 15 years or so after moving in next door to my wife. 

Every day I would see her or speak with her; seek her guidance, etc. She was and ALWAYS will be there for us whenever we needed her.I feel especially sad for the two of the three most important women in my life: my wife Terri and our 12-year daughter Samantha. 

Terri, like her mother for sure, is the Rock in our family… and there is no close second. 

Over the past several years as she has gotten older, Samantha and her grandmother have become very close. From helping her around her house to the two of them playing Webkinz to just hanging out by the pool, Samantha and her grandmother were most assuredly two peas cut from the same pod. 

I will never forget the sheer agony on my daughter’s face upon learning the news that her grandmother had passed away. Like her grandmother and her mother, she immediately put others’ feelings before hers saying to her mother after hearing the news, “I’m sorry you lost your mom” amid flowing tears. 

Consider it another job well done, Peg. Samantha has and is already becoming the living testament to you. 

Rest In Peace Margaret Chambers. I love you.


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