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Dec. 11, 2013: Mara’s Mom

December 12, 2013

Mara’s mom passed away this morning. She had cancer, and we knew she didn’t have much time left, but it still caught us off-guard. She went into hospice yesterday, but we didn’t think she would go so quickly. We were scheduled to go to Florida about a week and a half from now to spend Christmas with Mara’s parents, so we’ll push our departure date up; her dad will need family around to help him get through this difficult time. They had been married for 64 years.

My mother-in-law was pretty extraordinary. When we came out to Mara’s parents in summer 2012, her mom just shrugged like it was no big deal and immediately started using the name Mara and feminine pronouns. It was seamless. And, although my relationship with my mother-in-law had always been cordial, she really showed a lot of admiration toward me after we came out, since I support Mara and I’m staying married to her. She and Mara were very close.

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