Monday, January 18, 2010

My Aunt Jone!

I have been blessed in my life to have lots of people who have left a large mark on my heart, but there is one that was so unique, so loving, so honest and so genuine that I often block out the fact that she is no longer here. Her spirit was so magnetic that it seems to still surround me even years after she passed away.

My Aunt Jone Novakovich was this women who smelled like sweet perfume and shampoo, she was tall and thin with a smile that lit any room and any mood! She was one of the strongest women I have ever known, she lived through 3 bouts of cancer, before succumbing to it on the 4th time around. She was vivacious and spunky, I will never forget the video she and my uncle made while she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer (1st time) and she had bought all these fantastic wigs and was trying them on for the camera. One was purple and one was shiny and silver, she could make anything seem funny. Jone seemed invincible, so with each time she was diagnosed with a new cancer I guess I just thought she would always be able to overcome it, so when the news came that her body was no longer able to fight I just didn't want to believe it. This was my Aunt Jone, the one that when I was feeling awkward and hormonal at 12 could make me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. The woman who loved her 4 black labs and her family more than life itself, there was no way that she could die.

Today is her Birthday and I miss her so much! I think of her all the time, especially when life throws a curve ball. When she was deciding the treatment to take for her Breast Cancer, she said she just wanted to "Hack it off" cause her "life was more important that her boob", she never was afraid to "cut" to the chase on anything. I like to think that's where I learned it from!

Love and Miss you Aunt Jone


GHFamily said...

What a nice tribute.

Liz - Jess said...

What an amazing woman! :-)

Amy said...

I miss her too. She taught me about onion rings, moving at the speed of light, giving everything she had to what ever she did, african violets, green house gardening in Alaska, relief society, young women, the temple, painting every room in her house many times, and loving my brother. Jone even helped me move into my dorm room the first day of college.