Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Newspaper publishes death notice requesting that memorial gifts for the deceased "be made to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office."
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: A senior citizen who so despised the current president that, before she died, she left instructions directing that her memorial gifts should "be made to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office"?
That seemed to be the case with 71-year-old Sally Baron, whose
When Sally Baron's family wrote her obituary, they described a northern Wisconsin woman who raised six children and took care of her husband after he was crushed in a mining accident.This phenomenon was echoed in the obituary quoted as an example at the head of this page. A
She had moved to Stoughton seven years ago to be closer to her children and was 71 when she died Monday after struggling to recuperate from heart surgery. Her family had come to the question of what might be a fitting tribute to her.
"My uncle asked if there was a cause," her youngest son, Pete Baron, said.
Almost in unison, what her children decided to include in the obituary was this: "Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush."
"She thought he was a liar," Baron's daughter, Maureen Bettilyon, said. "I think his personality, just standing there with that smirk on his face, and acting like he's this holy Christian, that's what really got her."
The decision to put the line in about Bush came easily, although after several family members thought of it, there was some "how can we really say this" kind of laughter. "It should be impeachment, not removal," Pete said, laughing. "That can mean a couple of things."
Joe Baron has no question that his mother would approve.
"She just didn't trust that a big corporate guy was going to be doing what was best for her. She just really didn't trust him," he said.
However, the legitimacy of the request in the Gertrude Jones obituary is suspect. The Times-Picayune death notice wasn't published until more than a month after
Last updated: 15 August 2007
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