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by Abigail Van Buren

Couple's Wedding Invitation Is Journey Into Bad Taste

DEAR ABBY: I came across this very unusual obituary in The Seattle Times. I did not know the person, but I thought it might be something you would want to share with your readers:

"Rowena L. (Brown) Edelbrock passed away on June 12, 1991. She left us with these thoughts:

"'When I quit this mortal shore

"'And mosey 'round this earth no more

"'Don't weep, don't sigh, don't grieve, don't sob;

"'I may have struck a better job.

"'Don't go and buy a large bouquet

"'For which you'll find it hard to pay.

"'Don't stand around me looking blue;

"'I may be better off than you!"'

Abby, I think this poem is a winner, don't you? -- LORNA SCHOFIELD, MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WASH.

DEAR LORNA: It is, indeed, a winner. It is inevitable that one day we shall all "quit this mortal shore," and to do so as lightheartedly as Rowena did makes the journey less grim.