Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In Remembrance

A friend of mine recently passed.  She was diagnosed with cancer one week and gone the next.
At one point in time, the staff and faculty where I worked were considered family.  Donna added to that by always having the coffee pot on, cookies available and a kind word for anyone that needed it.
She was sixty-six when she got her PhD.  Her standing joke was she bet it really confused the mailman to deliver mail, with doctor in the title, to the trailer park.
She made a home for, and took care of her mother, until her mom passed.
She came from Virginia coal country and never forgot her roots.
She was a friend to many and held out a hand to anyone that needed it.

Donna:

On Your Journey

May the bagpipes play
May the sun’s rays warm you
May the birds fly with you...
As the breeze catches your wings
And carries you home.

Your Friend

Alexas_Fotos, Pixel Bay

 

59 comments:

  1. May the road rise up to meet her.
    May the wind always be at her back.
    May the sun shine warm upon her face,
    and rains fall soft upon her fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold her in the palm of His hand.
    The Irish blessing, slightly altered.
    Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Love it. Particularly the altering.
      Thanks, Val.
      Hugs back

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  2. My condolence to you for the loss of your dear friend, who sounds like she was a wonderful person. One good thing, it would appear, is she didn't suffer...a small blessing, I know...none of us wish to see our loved ones suffer.

    She will never really be gone - because your cherished memories of her will remain.

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    1. Thanks, Lee. I agree, to me, going quickly is a blessing. So much better than lingering and suffering.

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  3. Old Sicilian saying...
    "To the living we owe the truth..To the
    dead, we owe respect".
    God bless!

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  4. A most reverent and caring post about a friend who was close to your heart. I have no sayings or poems, just know how you felt about and respected this lady you cared deeply for.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I'm sure you would have enjoyed her.

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  5. I'm sorry. She obviously touched many hearts. Prayers for her family and friends.

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  6. Hello Sandra, I’m so sorry to read about your friend. She was obviously a wonderful person.
    I hope you won’t mind me sharing one of my favourite poems written by Christina Rossetti;

    When I am dead, my dearest,
    Sing no sad songs for me;
    Plant thou no roses at my head,
    Nor shady cypress tree:
    Be the green grass above me
    With showers and dewdrops wet;
    And if thou wilt, remember,
    And if thou wilt, forget.

    I shall not see the shadows,
    I shall not feel the rain;
    I shall not hear the nightingale
    Sing on, as if in pain:
    And dreaming through the twilight
    That doth not rise nor set,
    Haply I may remember,
    And haply may forget

    I always gain comfort from these words even though they are so poignant.

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  7. A nice tribute to your friend who died.

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  8. My deepest condolences for the loss of Donna!

    As you read my novel Till Life Do Us Part, you know my strong belief on death and afterlife.

    As long as Donna is remembered she will be here with those who cared for her.

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  9. Sure sounds like she was a wonderful person indeed.

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    1. I believe you would have enjoyed knowing her, Pat.

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  10. So sorry Sandra. She sounds like she was a lovely lady.

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  11. She sounds like someone I wish I had known. Rising up against the odds, on her own terms, in her own way. I am sorry for you loss.

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    1. Well said, Colette. I wish you would have known her too.

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  12. She sounds like a friend that is hard to come by with a golden heart

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  13. I'm so so sorry for both of you. They don't make them like that anymore.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. She was certainly a mold breaker.

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  14. A lovely eulogy, my condolences for losing such a special person in your life. The value of a person certainly has nothing to do with grandeur of their home.

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  15. I am sorry to her of your friend's passing. You honor her with your words and memory.

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    1. Thank you, Marcie. I appreciate that.

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  16. so sorry for the loss of your friend.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I appreciate that.

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  17. Sandra; I am sorry to learn about Donna; with sincerest sympathy to her family; I know she appreciates your words ♥♥♥♥♥

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  18. So sorry to hear about your family. Donna sounds like a wonderful woman and you wrote a beautiful post to honor her. Sending hugs.
    ~Jess

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  19. Oh Sandra, how shocking and how very sad. Your heart must be broken. Your poem is a beautiful tribute. I'm so very sorry.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie. I appreciate your kind words.

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  20. She must have been lovely, and she achieved so much. I'm sorry for your loss.

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. Thanks to all for all your kind wishes. I appreciate them.

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  22. I'm sorry for your loss Sandra. Sending warm thoughts your way.

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  23. Oh wow. I'm SO sorry. One week??? She sounds like she was an amazing person. Our coworkers do become like family. When you work in an office, you spend more time with them than your own family, after all!

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  24. Sorry to read that - but gone in a week, such a shock..but then always a shock when someone passes.

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  25. The poem is so eloquent and so are your words to honour your friend. It must have been a shock to everyone how fast the cancer struck. One can only take comfort to how many lives she touched and that her life will continue on in the memories of people who knew and loved her. A very nice tribute

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    1. Thank you, Birgit. It was stunning. And yes, she touched many, many lives.

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  26. A wonderful tribute Sandra, may she R.I.P.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne.
      I appreciate that.

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  27. Thank you, Monica. I appreciate that.
    For some reason google wouldn't let me reply.

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  28. My goodness, gone in a week.
    May she R.I.P.

    Your words were wonderful

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan.
      Your kind words are appreciated.

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  29. I'm so sorry about your friend. :( It sounds like she was a wonderful person and a loving and considerate friend. I'm glad she was able to accomplish so much during her short time on earth. :)

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  30. I am so sorry for your loss Sandra! Sending big healing hugs your way! Your friend sounded like a very loving person!!! I know she is smiling down, thanking you for this post!!

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