Near and Dear to Me Can Confuse You

“Near” relatives.
That could be near in the geographic sense or near in the biological sense. Boston, Mass. and West Point, Illinois, are not geographically close. The obituary meant the sisters in Boston and the local niece were the only biologically close relatives the deceased had–not that they were the ones who lived nearby.

Some words can have more than one meaning. Sometimes that is easy to forget.