Memorial Tribute from the State of Maryland

Memorial tribute

Memorial tribute

I’m not the front door type and didn’t realize that I had a package from yesterday, till I got home this AM.  I thought- what is that?  I didn’t order anything.

I opened it up to find a letter that reads:

Dear Mary and Nathaniel:

Please accept our heart felt sympathy for the loss of your beloved Mr. John P. Smith.  Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.  On behalf of the Governor, I have enclosed a memorial tribute in honor of Mr. Smith.  Please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can be of further assitance to you.  Again, our sincere condolences.

Warmest Regards,

Linda Aldredge

Executive Assistant

Office of the Governor

My hands were a little shaky and I was trying to protect the memorial tribute from the Little Mr. who wanted to know what I was doing, so let me type the text.

The State of Maryland

Be it known:  The Citizens of Maryland

offer this memorial tribute to the memory

and the life achievements of a beloved

Marylander and extend our heartfelt

sympathy to the family of

John P. Smith

This respectful expression

of condolences to be presented on this twenty-first day of July 2009.

Marin O’ Malley (Governor)

Anthony G. Brown (Lieutenant Governor)

John P. McDonough (Secretary of State)

John loved his state… he was a very proud Marylander.  When I’d say we should go on a vacation, he’d usually say something to the effect of, “I haven’t seen the whole State of Maryland yet.  Why would I want to go anywhere else till I’ve seen all of  it.”

So, to whomever put this in place… Thank you!  John would be proud.

About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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