Patty was an engaged family member, cat-lover, concert-goer, and active member of the YACC community until she died from ovarian cancer in 2019. She encouraged other young adults to reach out to YACC’s supportive community to help them live with, through, and beyond cancer, and her legacy will continue through the lives of those young adults whose lives are changed through Patty (Jarvis) MacMillan — “Don’t Waste Your Dash.”
by Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred
to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with
tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only
those who loved them know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What
matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For
you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.
To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the
people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile…
remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would
you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?