I'm thankful for this
opportunity to celebrate the vibrant and exceptional life of
my sister, Geraldine Marie Arriaga with her friends. She
lived 73 years from November 16,h 1944 to
November 3rd 2018. Some might think she went too
soon, but she had a full life. At a very young age she was
given responsibilities and tasks that gave her the training
to be a lifelong older sister (second Mom), good example,
natural teacher, social worker, caregiver, employee and
consultant. She could be anyone's sister, confidant, aunt,
teacher, counselor, or friend. During her life she accepted
the challengespresented to her and always accomplished her
work with her best effort, grace, love, style, energy,
enthusiasm and obedience.
She wanted what was best
for herself, our family, her 4 nieces, 3 nephews, 5
grandnieces, 3 grandnephews, 1 great grandnephew and
numerous, friends and associates. As an aunt she went to
birthdays, baptisms, events, graduations, ballet recitals
and concerts. She was the aunt for all seasons. As a sister
of the Holy Family for 35 years, she found Jesus in everyone
she met and worked to serve and
improve their lives. As a religious educator and champion of
children, she was like a Mary Poppins for young people.
As a care-giver to my Mother and sister Mary, she worked
long hours tending to their, physical, mental, medical and
emotional well-being. As a Mary Kay consultant, she had a
"go give" attitude, a generous disposition that was always
helpful caring and genuine.
She was the best friend and
sister to everyone; this was evident from the many cards,
phone calls, flowers and prayers she had received.
The Lord knew what was best
for her and that she had given everything she had to give to
those who needed her and who she loved.
Now...she has no more bills,
sickness, pain, disappointments, trials, or taxes. She is on
the longest vacation forever, well deserved with sick leave
and eternity leave retroactive.