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Daughter pens witty obituary for ‘coupon clipping’ mom and brings people both tears and laughter
The hilarious obituary is both comical and heartfelt.
Michael Dabu
07.18.22

Obituaries are oftentimes filled with tear-jerking messages of a person to a bereaved loved one. That’s why you will rarely see an obituary going viral because of how it’s usually constructed.

For Caity Weaver, however, it’s going to be her last message of appreciation that’s why she made the most out of it.

An extraordinarily funny obituary that will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

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The New York Times’ 33-year-old journalist, Caity made good use of her intelligence and writing skills and came up with such a witty eulogy for her mom, Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver. Her dear mother passed away on June 14th at the age of 65.

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In her parting message to Dr. Maureen, she exposed her mom’s joy in “saving money.” But at the same time, she didn’t forget to mention the beautiful heart of her mom and how she was able to inspire and touch other people with it.

A message that will give you “mixed emotions,” literally.

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It might not be your first time hearing about an emotional but funny eulogy but given Caity’s experience in writing, everything in her letter went one notch funnier and sadder.

How she’s able to describe her mom about her ways of saving money by keenly looking for great deals is always alongside her late mother’s soft heart in helping not only relatives but also other people.

“Maureen was six-foot and loved strays of all species,” the 33-year-old journalist wrote. “She could outthink any opponent, was riotously funny and pathologically generous.”

“If you mentioned a thing you liked, she’d get you 11 when she found them at a great price,” she added.

Caity pointed out her mom’s “true joys” – “helping people, and anyone anywhere saving money.”

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Talking about being a good samaritan, Dr. Maureen is one good example. Caity mentioned in her message that to help others get good deals, her mother would usually clip coupons for diapers and leave them in the baby aisle of the grocery store.

In fact, their family is still making good use of toothbrushes that her mom bought decades ago. By the way, she had a good deal from it and purchased a huge box of them.

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Another memory of her that she will never forget was when one of their relatives asked her mom to buy a toy microscope, she did it but tenfolds better. Her mom bought a real one “at great price” and to top it off, she even made him hundreds of slides for his study.

“Maureen had a cackle that crashed through rooms,” the New York Times journalist wrote. “She died before discovering what, if anything, she was afraid of.”

She also made a joke when she mentioned her mom’s death “shocked all who loved her” because she was “ahead of schedule for the first time in her life.”

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The humor is there but it encloses a sad fact that will surely tug at anyone’s heartstrings.

Caity also noted that Dr. Maureen will be missed by her “adoring husband of 33 years,” John, whom she provided “selfless care” throughout his “prolonged infirmity.”

Apart from her family and relatives, the late podiatrist was also “treasured” by her patients, who loved spoiling her with homemade treats.

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“Dr. Brennan-Weaver could not stop herself from buying shoes for patients if she spotted just what they needed while shopping,” Caity penned in her message. “She categorically did not do house calls, except for patients she really liked.”

She ended it by writing, “No amount of time with the astonishing Maureen would have been enough for her family and friends, though she gave us enough toothbrushes and memories to last several lifetimes. Oh, how we loved her!”

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We may not know Dr. Maureen personally but with Caity’s letter alone, it almost feels like we’ve known her for a decent amount of time.

She will definitely be missed.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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