Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Obituaries

A couple of obituaries to note as many people are into trivia although the deaths aren't trivial to family members and friends of the deceased:

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest living person, has died at the age of 117.

She died in a Japanese nursing home. She had just celebrated a birthday a few weeks ago.

The oldest person in the world is now an Arkansas woman who is 116.

More about Misao Okawa:

Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, said at her recent birthday celebration that her life seemed rather short. Asked for the secret of her longevity, she responded nonchalantly, "I wonder about that too."

She married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and they had two daughters and a son. She was survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.

She was the fifth-oldest person ever recorded.
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Greg Ross Dahl of Jacksonville, Oregon, was not himself a household name, but his creation, the Pet Rock, was a huge fad in the late 1970s.

He was 78 and died March 23 of COPD, according to his wife.

The smooth stones came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding." Dahl estimated he had sold 1.5 million of them at roughly $4 each by the time the fad fizzled. The Pet Rock required no work and no time commitment.
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Cynthia Lennon, 75, who was musician John Lennon's long-suffering first wife, has unfortunately died after a short battle with cancer.

She was married to the one-time Beatle from the time nobody had heard of the Fab Four in 1962, until she was dumped by Lennon for Yoko Ono in 1968.

She and her ex had a son, Julian, who was a dead ringer for his dad and became a musician. He was with her when she died.

Cynthia met John when she was 18 and he was on the cusp of fame with the Beatles. They married in 1962 after she became pregnant with their only child, Julian Lennon, who was born in 1963. Their marriage was notoriously rocky, with Cynthia claiming her former husband struck her on one occasion.

"He was a very jealous young man at the time, and he had a lot of pain inside," she said in later years. "He wanted to trust me and he thought by seeing me dancing with a friend of his that I was being disloyal or messing around. So he smacked me, but that was the only time."

She also wrote a couple of books about her life with Lennon. It wasn't a piece of cake.

The sad thing to note is Pattie Boyd is now the only original Beatles wife still living today. She had been married to George Harrison for a number of years until Eric Clapton broke that marriage up. She is 71 now.

Maureen Starkey Tigrett (married to Ringo Starr) died of leukemia in 1994. Linda Eastman McCartney (married to Paul) died of breast cancer in 1998.
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