Mom had severe Alzheimer's and had been fading away to almost nothingness over two years. The end was not a surprise, but is still a shock.
The phrase "avid reader" could have been invented for my mother. Despite needing time to go to graduate school, teach, be active in community affairs and be mother and wife, Mom seemed to devour a book each day.
I remember making many trips to the public library with her, and she also paid to rent new bestsellers from the small library section of a nearby pharmacy.
Even in her late 80s, until Alzheimer's made it impossible, Mom was active in a book discussion group in her assisted living facility.
Mom (and Dad, too) made a book-filled house and a book-filled life, seem normal and proper. I have kept the tradition.