Obituary for Drema Marie Jones
Drema passed away in her sleep on the evening of April 30th.
Born in Clevland Ohio, Drema studied Botany at Butler University where she would earn her Bachelors. Following her graduation, she would make use of her knowledge of Spanish to field several mission trips to Nicaragua and parts of central America during the civil unrest in the mid-1980’s. She would later work as a Spanish language translator during the 1987 Pan American games hosted in Indianapolis.
Drema spent many years working in medicine first as lab technician and later as a medical transcriptionist. She was an avid lover of music and spent many years singing in the church choir for Trinity Episcopal church. When not active in the church, Drema spent her time gardening and cultivating plants.
She is survived by her son Cole.”
This was the first version of Ma’s obituary I wrote, I was given a template with suggested points and important bits of information. It was and is the hardest thing I have ever written, not for want data but for lack of space on a page. To surmise the richness of the life she lived in between the data points is beyond my capabilities. I could try and explain the intricacies of her dry wit and intellect, I could try and explain her infectious laugh, I could try and describe her cool and sublime approach to cooking, but at the end of it all I would be left saying “I guess you just had to be there.”
To those who were there you know already, and I won’t bother fumbling through an explanation. To those who weren’t well,
"I guess you just had to be there."
Au Revoir Ma.