Skip to comments.Woman's Dying Wish: Bush Defeated
Posted on 07/30/2004 3:47:34 PM PDT by demlosers
Loved Ones Asked To Donate To Democratic Cause
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- A South Florida woman who died this week had an unusual last request. Instead of flower or contributions in her name to a charity, she asked those who loved her to try to make sure President George W. Bush is not re-elected.
Loved ones said that Joan Abbey was committed to her political passions, even in death.
Abbey was born in Montreal, but lived for many years in Miami Beach and Aventura. Family and friends came from as far away as Canada and California to remember Abbey at the Mount Nebo Jewish Cemetery in Miami.
Abbey, who was a lifelong Democrat, died Monday -- coincidentally on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
Her sister, Tillie Shapiro, said, "She was just a caring person She cared about people, and people who were disadvantaged."
Abbey was buried the day after the Democratic convention ended. Her unusual death notice in the Miami Herald said: "You can honor Joan's values by voting against George Bush and contributing to a liberal or Democratic cause."
Abbey's nephew, Martin Shapiro, said, "What she cared most about was improving circumstances in this country... getting rid of George Bush and making this a better country for all people."
Coincidentally, the presiding rabbi, Brett Goldstein, is a registered Democrat but is voting for Bush, and he questioned the timing of Abbey's message at such a sensitive time.
"My contention is that if there's any situation that's sacrosanct, it should be devoid of political ramifications," Goldstein said. "Although people have the opportunity and they can do it if they want to, it is not really appropriate at this time."
Shapiro said, "It was her (Abbey's) essence. It was her core value to try to see this country become a better place and become a more just society. And I think that was the last word she'd want to leave."
Abbey did not want her age known. Many friends said she remained forever young in spirit and staunchly committed to her beliefs.
Sorry, dead woman, you don't get a say in the future of those of us who ain't dead yet.
I'm sure she'll be voting in the next election.
Her poor soul.
See ya later!
Are we getting an article a day like this, or what?
How much you want to bet she was a former card-carrying Communist Party member?
We prefer our voters alive.
Journalism doesn't get much more stupid than this.
ROFL, along with every other dead democrat.
Actually, she will.
Stop right there.
Damn, where's Jack Kavorkian when we need him?
My brother has terminal cancer, and he's been campaigning for Bush over the internet. He sends out all sorts of pro-Bush to people he knows over the internet.
Maybe if she wanted Bush as President, she'd still be alive today.
welcome to hades.
In memory of Joan Abbey
Unless she lives in Chicago.
Something about this has to be Bush's fault.