It’s New Year’s Eve and I was planning to write a year-end post on the highlights of 2012. But my mother-in-law, Eleanor Shreve, has just passed away. So instead I want to post a couple of photos of a remarkable woman who welcomed me into her family as a daughter, and who was a great mother, grandma, and friend.
Some of you might have met her — she came to Sleuthfest last year, and to the RT Convention in Orlando in 2009, where she insisted I get my photo taken with the “Mr. Romance” romantic novel cover models. That’s the supportive kind of mother-in-law she was.
The photo above was taken at my daughter Kate’s wedding in July 2011. It was a wonderful day. Later on, Eleanor joined all the single ladies for the bouquet toss, and politely let a younger gal catch it.
And here’s Paul’s favorite photo of his mom: her high school senior portrait.
My aunt, who knew her for many years, offered the best epitaph: “What a great chick.”