Last Tuesday, former RPC alto Patty Dickens informed Kathy her mother Helen was not likely to live past the next 48 hours. She passed from this world later that day. Helen was a longtime soprano for RPC; find out all the other things she did in her life in her obituary. We pray for Patty and her entire family, including her sister-in-law Renee who also sang with us.
Note that the family is asking for donations in Helen's name to the Reno Jazz Festival (coming up the end of next month) or the charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers. A celebration of Helen's life is scheduled for this Saturday, March 25 at the Carmelite Monastery at 10 AM, followed by a reception.
In Helen's memory, I post the hauntingly beautiful In paradisum from Maurice Durufle's Requiem, as I did for my father-in-law six years ago. Makes me tear up every. single. time.
In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.
May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once (a) poor (man), may you have eternal rest.