She truly was a lady for the ages.
She was a mother, sister, wife, mother in law, and grandmother. In addition to raising three wild boys and a beautiful daughter, she also found time to be a model, a volunteer, and a mentor to young kids.
She moved away from her beloved East Coast to come West to be with her daughter and new granddaughter, showering all with her love and attention. She made "her favorite son in law" feel like the smartest guy in the room, by always seeking his opinion, and agreeing he was right. She also made him feel like the funniest guy on the planet, by laughing at every single one of his lame jokes.
She had a great sense of humor, of style, and of protocol. She was quick to try something new, became a Rockies fan (even though her Red Sox came first), hated Sunday during football season, and loved to go to church every week.
She loved our pets, always stepping up to babysit them, to toss a ball, and to sneak "human food" to them after dinner. She spoiled everyone that was around her, and always showed up to the house with a trinket or two for the little Duper.
She absolutely hated how crowded the world had become, but always believed that "back home", things hadn't changed one bit since 1958. For the rest of my life, whenever I'm stuck in traffic, I'll hear her voice in my head complaining about "these drivers!"
She would threaten to move back every year, but we all knew she couldn't bear to be away from her "Booper". She loved to play with my daughter, read to her, was read to, and put up with whatever games the little Duper wanted to play.
She was kind, patient, full of love, and I'm a better man for knowing her. She made friends wherever she went, loved going to "The Club" and The Tomato, and couldn't wait to see her buddies there.
Ali left us this past Thursday. She was surrounded by her family in a room full of love and appreciation. She leaves behind a husband that she married almost 64 years ago, 4 kids, 5 grandkids, and a son in law that loved her very much.