It appears the choices for President this year are grim. Very grim.
How bad is it?
According to the obituary for Mary Anne Noland of Richmond, Virginia, she chose to “pass into the eternal love of God” rather than choose between the lesser of two evils in Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The first line of Noland’s obituary (seen below) reads:
Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68.
We don’t care who you are or who you support, that’s funny right there.
A woman’s obituary published Monday has found a new way to respond to the tumultuous and contentious 2016 presidential race.
The obituary published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch states that the late Mary Anne Noland, 68, of Richmond, Virginia decided to “pass” instead of vote in the 2016 presidential election.
“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God,” the obituary reads.
Her husband Jim Noland told NBC12 that one of her sons wrote the obituary and it was meant as a joke, a way for her family to continue her sense of humor.
Noland also told NBC12 that “his family is beyond sad at the passing of his wife, but hopes the obituary captures her spirit and celebrates her essence.”
Indeed, one visitor to the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote, “The humor in the lead sentence of this memorial is pure Mary Anne.”
Noland added, “Mary Anne is smiling down from heaven” and “laughing along” with everyone.
This isn’t the first creative use of the obituary section to make a political or cultural statement. An obituary for 81-year-old Larry Upright saw the family request “that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.” In 2013, Amos Shuchman took a shot at the liberal rag, the New York Times, saying he “loved everything about New York City, except the New York Times.”
Noland’s may not be the first, but it’s certainly one of the best. A little moment of humor in a tumultuous election season. A little bit of humor from a lady who passed far too young.
God bless Mary Anne and the Noland family, and thank you for sharing her sense of humor with the world.
Cross-posted at The Political Insider