NYT reporter Caity Weaver has penned a moving yet amusing obituary to her mother which has people shedding a tear but also smiling through it all. The tribute has gone viral on social media and recounts anecdotes of Caity’s mother Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver, a podiatrist.
She draws a poignant picture of a 6-foot-tall lady who had a cackle loud enough to crash through rooms in broad brush strokes. Caity recounts in the obituary of a doctor who could not keep herself from picking shoes for her patients once she realized what they were looking for.
She speaks of how she had so many favorite patients that she spent many days attending just that one patient on a house call. And she also accepted homemade goodies as payment.
The Obituary Of A Pathologically Generous Mom
Caity goes on to describe her mom in the obituary as being pathologically generous, someone who clipped diaper coupons only to discreetly leave them in the baby aisle of the store. She recounts one occasion when her mother took in a capable housekeeper but ended up getting a proper job for her.
Caity describes in the obituary how you only had to mention something you liked, and she would end up buying several of them if she could get them at what she claimed was the right price. She says that when a nephew wanted a fake microscope, her mother got him a real one, and at a bargain price, she claimed. They proceeded to help him prepare hundreds of study slides.
As Maureen was an enthusiastic gardener, Caity requested her well-wishers to plant something in the memory instead of sending flowers. She also remembered to mention that flower prices are at their highest during the fall.
Brennan-Weaver died on June 14 In Harrisburg. Her ‘favorite child’ mentioned that she was gone before she found out what she was scared of.