The best death notice you’ll read this week

The death notice for Barbara McClelland Delahunty says the 80-year-old Minnesota woman “taught her family many lessons, including never pay retail, always root for the underdog, and err on the side of excessive generosity.” She was “born with a gypsy spirit and a proclivity for silver bangles,” and “taught her daughters the fun of being both naughty and nice.”

“Her chronic enthusiasms included popsicles, Knudsen Caramels, Revlon Lipstick 590 (party lip color), and every shape and flavor of chocolate. She never said ‘no,’ except to cats and exercise.”

As her daughters dressed her for her final journey, applied her party lips and a last mist of perfume, church bells outside her window chimed “Amazing Grace,” [late husband] Jack’s favorite hymn, signaling that he had received her on the other side and would take it from here.

Her husband got a nice write-up, too, when he passed in 2011. Jack Delahunty “loved to travel with his pal Barbara and said at the end of his life that he was happy to have left no travel stone unturned,” said his death notice.

* Death notice for Barbara Delahunty, 80 (
* Another obit from Minnesota: Ruth Perkl is already in Jesus’s arms (