Ann Byington Mahony, my dear mother-in-law, passed away early this morning very peacefully. She truly was a remarkable woman – one of strength, confidence, independence, honesty, charm and elegance. I admire her sense of adventure and her love of life as she would travel the world fascinated by other cultures, their history, people and architecture. I remember when we traveled together, she was always interested in other people, who they were, where they were from and invariably would strike up a conversation with them so naturally and effortlessly. I loved her sense of style and how she always looked so elegant and how immaculate and orderly she kept her home. I always left our summer visits to her home feeling inspired and thinking of ways of improving myself and beautifying our home.
My first memory of Ann was when she came to visit Tarry and I at university (a few months before we were married). I remember giving her a big hug and how she made me feel so comfortable around her. As I pondered her life today, I wondered what I could offer her to thank her for welcoming me with open arms into her family and treating me like a true daughter. As I sat at the piano and felt her presence, I felt inspired to compose an instrumental piano piece in her honor. The notes flowed so naturally and within a few minutes the melody came alive. I decided to make a spontaneous recording of it. I have titled it ‘Final Journey’ and wanted to share it with you here.
We have planted a tree in our garden in honor of Ann and have made hand written cards that we will place on the tree. I will miss Mom (as I always used to call her) but I know she will be looking out for us and taking care of us from a higher realm. Mom – you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.