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Goodby Mary

Posted Sep 28 2009 10:30pm
I read recently about the death of Mary Travers, Mary from the 60's folk group, Peter. Paul, and Mary. PPM was, and still is, one of my favorite groups. I was introduced to their songs in my early teen age years at summer camp. Great times singing around the campfire accompanied by two or three guitars. It was the best of times.

I had all their early music and most of the later stuff. I play the Christmas CD every year.

When I first met Richard, he was a heavy metal fan, eventually he became a PPM fan as well. We saw them in concert twice in the eighties, the second time we took the kids.

Mary died from leukemia. We stumbled upon an interview she did on public TV several months after she had a matched unrelated donor (MUD) stem cell transplant. She was doing well and considered herself cured.

We watched the interview from our rental apartment in Rochester, MN where Richard had just undergone the same procedure at Mayo. She gave us hope that he would survive because she was 14 years older than he was, and statistically, older adults have much higher mortality.

But in the end, The Beast won.

I probably won't play that CD this Christmas.






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