Feeling kind of sorry for Tice, back there all alone, missing my mother. I texted him while I was in the grocery store. (Thought he'd like that. He was a grocer and a butcher all his life.) He texted me back pretty quick:
Just watching tv ready for yard sale. cousin Joanne died
Now this did not greatly shock me. I mean, her death did, but not the way it was delivered. Quite a few years ago, I found out that my Aunt Emmy died as I was paging through the local paper and her name caught my eye. It was her obit.