Saturday, September 21, 2013

A life well lived, Love you Mary!!

 Early this morning, I lost my "Bestie." My dear Mary girl passed away from Cancer.  Ironically, I was reading this letter from her, that she'd sent several of us August of last year.  She'd already had a tumor removed from her spine, and one of her kidney's was also removed.

This is the beautiful Letter she sent to us,,,,,about her life.  

August, 2012.

"Hello to my dear friends and family-

For today my one true sentence is:  My life is good.  It is the truest thing I know at this moment.  Even when I walked in that black cloud, a part of me knew that this, too, would pass and somehow, sometime, I would feel human again.  Right now I know that I have had the best life can offer.  I also know that I have to keep that thought firmly with me.

I have to keep remembering that I had the best childhood, the best growing up years.  I have the best husband, and I have the best family and grandchildren for me.  I've had the best experiences in life and love.  I have traveled, although never far enough or long enough.  And I have experienced many things:

Being loved by Ross
Being touched by a hummingbird
Being Mom to Brodie and half the neighborhood kids
Being a partner in the best of marriages
Being a big sister
Being intelligent enough to learn from life's lessons
Being a lifelong friend to my dear five muscateers (you know who you are)
Being able to work
Being able to get up each morning
Being able to go anywhere I wish

My life is good because:

I know that I am truly loved
I know that my only child Brodie, my "best accomplishment"  loves me and chooses to be with me
I know that Brodie, Mary B, my grandchildren and family and friends love and support me
I know that my health can be fragile
I know that I am capable of dealing with whatever comes
I know that I have passed my hardest tests
I know that I am not alone
I know that I have finally learned the lessons that Ross tried to teach me

Thank you, Ross
Thank you, God"

-This was and IS my Mary Girl.  Can't believe she is gone. She will always be a part of me!!

I loved this woman, body and soul.  I'm going to miss her SO!!  If you've read this far, THANK YOU~ we're all going to get through this, because that is what SHE would want!!

Hugs, Love, Thanks!


  1. I know you will, Shell, but damn it's hard!
    Sending love!

    1. Love you my friend, and YES you DO KNOW!! Sending you love and hugs right back!!

  2. My sincere condolences. This tribute and Mary's letter is true love of life and family and friends. Blessings...

  3. Sending my love and hugs..and tears with you.. I dislike the face of Cancer, it affects so many...You are the bestest friend she could have had... she is with you, let yourself feel her.. my deepest sympathies and prayers for all involved..

    1. Love you my sweet friend!! You're the BESTEST DeeDee!

  4. All I can say is that Mary was sooo lucky to have you in her life. You are such a special person, Shel!

    Love you...

    1. Thanks Patty Girl!! Several of the "Junksters" got to know her, Deb Burton, Lisa Johnson, Whimsical Gals, etc,,,,,She was quite the shopper!! I know she would have loved you too!!! Wonderful Compliment my friend, but it was I who was blessed!!! But thank you!!
      Loves and Hugs Patti Girl!!

  5. Beautiful words and sentiments...So sorry for your loss...

  6. Shell, I wish I had words that could take all your pain away, but things don't work like that. All I can say is that all your blog friends understand and share your loss. We all know how much you loved Mary and how much you must be hurting at the moment, but remember 'All shall be well'. Hugs and Blessings

  7. That is amazing! Praying that the Lord gives you all you need in the days and weeks to come!!

  8. So sorry. It is hard to loose a very special person. ((((HUGS))))

  9. Beautiful!
    Sending you Love and Blessings to help you through your time of grieving, You friend will always live on within you...her touch to your heart and soul will always be felt.

    Much Love,

  10. Shell . . . it still seems so surreal. I adored Mary--she was so very adorable! Thank you for bringing her into my life. She was one of those people who touches you simply but deeply . . . someone who consistently helps you to feel good in your soul is a rare gem . . . just like YOU, Shell! Sending lots of love!!!


  11. Thank you all! The most important thing to me is that the World knows what a great lady she was. How she will be missed, how she was loved and how special my Mary Girl was in this world. I appreciate your comments SO. Thank you!!


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