Her Favorite Song Was “My Way”

My sister thought she was invincible.

Shirley (18) on the left, Charlotte (19) on the right. September 1964. Photo property of Marie A Bailey.



My sister was part of my life for 65 years. Although we lived apart for most of those years, her unexpected death has left me unmoored, melancholic, and afraid. These stories are my way of resuming life while remembering and honoring my sister.

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Marie A Bailey

Life-long writer. Three-cat mama. Introvert who loves solitude. Fledgling nature photographer. You can also find me at