Thursday, February 28, 2008

Memorial

Friends,

You have humbled and amazed me and my family with all your comments.  There are no words to express the gratitude we feel for all your well wishes and prayers. Thank you. 

My mom asked me to write.  She wanted you all to know that Rene had a beautiful memorial.  Yesterday was a difficult day, but we had a wonderful tribute to my sister.  The room was filled with people who laughed and cried as we remembered  her. 

Rene touched so many lives.  I pray for each one of you that through my sister's life and death you have had a life altering experience.  Don't take anything for granted.  Life is precious and short.  Love the good times and learn from the bad.  Be a blessing to those around you and you will feel blessed.

May you always feel the love of God.  He has a perfect plan for us all.

With much love and gratitude,
Pamela


40 comments:

sugarsweet056 said...

Beautifully written. {{{}}}
Rene DID touch many, we loved her, & will always carry a small peice of her in our hearts.
Let your Mom know how grateful we are for the update re the Memorial...altho unable to be there in person, many of us were here in spirit.
We feel blessed to have known her, even if only through the internet.
If I can ever help in any way, please email me.
May God bless,
Sugar
(Rev. P."Sugar" Lewis)
http://journals.aol.com/sugarsweet056/SUGARSLIFE/
private journal, email for admittance

rdautumnsage said...

Thank you for letting us know how the memorial service went. Rene taught us how to have Courage, unfailing love in the face of adversity. I miss her greatly, she was a bright spirit, a true angel among us. (Hugs) Indigo

pharmolo said...

Thank you for telling us of Rene's memorial, Pamela. All strength in times to come.

buggieboo1 said...

Thank you for telling us of Rene's memorial!

Sharon

motoxmom72 said...

Pamela....

Thank you so much for updating us and telling us about Rene's memorial service.  It sounds like it was beautiful.

Hugs,
Gina

emabecmar said...

Thank you so much for letting us know about the Memorial Service. Rene was a beautiful lady. So full of love, care and I will miss her terribly. Big hugs to you and your family.(((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))
Love,
Cindy

pjsandybeaches said...

Pamela, Irene's (Princess) Mom & Dad:
    I worked with Rene at Capital Womens Care for the short time she was at our office.  My husband and I also helped her move to her last apartment, before she moved on to Anderson.  The short time your sister/daughter work with me (am the older one of the group 55), she brought so much love, laughter, friendship, and an over abundance of faith into my life.  She just totally amazed me from the start!   I learned to slow down and not sweat the small stuff!!! Enjoy life to its fullest....I enjoy watching God's beautiful world (stars, snowflakes, ocean waves
etc.) !  One of our favorite programs we use to talk about was Joel Osteen! I had even gotten her a ticket to go see him in DC one year.  She had a couple of bad days and didn't get to go.  Yes, your sister/daughter has touched so many lives and all ages....She now has such a beautiful set of Princess Irene Angel Wings  with that beautiful smile of hers.....God Bless Your Family.   Your sister/daughter will always be in my thoughts, prayers and we all have learned so much from her.
Thanks for sharing her with me....Ms Pammy (as she called me)  

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))I am praying for you and your family.

gosso23 said...

Thank you for letting us know about Rene's memorial. I have been thinking about her a lot and I have felt so helpless not knowing how her family was doing.
Your right, she did touch many lives. I found myself checking her journal daily to see how she was and she was such and inspiration. I loved hearing about your family dinners and your Aunts and Uncles coming for visits.  She was a wonderful person and I will miss her.  God bless you and your family.
Take care,
Trish

qtcandlechic said...

Pam, Mom, & Dad,
The memorial service was absolutely beautiful. We celebrated her life with laughter and tears just as she would've wanted.  I cannot even put into words what Irene meant to me.  Although we were only friends for a few short years, it never fealt that way.  We always laughed and made the most out of every moment together even throught the bad times and hospital visits.  She was the most amazing and inspirational person that I have ever known.  I hope that I have learned from her to be the best that I can be in life and live everyday to the fullest no matter what gets thrown my way.  Please know that I am here for all of you if anything is ever needed and I can't wait to see you again as our visit today and yesterday was so short.  Thank you for welcoming me into your family and for all of your hospitality.  I look forward to celebrating this June and everyone after.........my prayers and hugs go out to you.

Love,
Michelle

princesssaurora said...

Thank you for sharing with us here in Jland.  I know that Rene is waiting for us all at that breakfast table with a big smile!  She blessed us all here in jland with her love and prayers and her warrior spirit.  Thank you for taking time from your grieving to check in.  Know that you are in my prayers.

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

jckfrstross said...

Pamela thank you so much for sharing this with us J-landers. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

Deb

jeadie05 said...

I thank you for this ,may God help you through the coming time ,,,,love Jan xx

thetigerqueenb said...

I love you all. Your strength and grace is amazing. I really thought, once again that I was holding it together alright but I type thru tears. We all know shes around in some way or another because...well...she makes it known. Ok, time to brush off the tears  and go on with it. I love you and I miss you Rene.But we'll talk about all that later.
Love,
Your Best Friend,
Barbi
P.S(AKA. Tater Pie)

queene5 said...

Dear Family,
I cannot express enough words to let you know how sorry i am for your loss.  Rene was a very special person, and i beleive that she touched many lives in one way or another.  My heart felt sympathy and prayers are out to the entire family.  I especially know that her nieces and nephews are taking this loss very hard.  Their Aunt rene was a very special person.

Love always, Sherri

gdireneoe said...

Hello, I've popped over from princessaurora's place to give my condolences.  I've just read your sister's sidebar here.  Moved me to tears.  What a beautiful creature.  She and I would have become very good friends.  And...she was right...I can see from just this tiny little bit of her life...just what's in her sidebar...she touched many people in a beautiful way, with her positive light...no matter the lessons she may have had to learn herself.  Hugs and prayers to the extended you. ;)  C.

kirkbyj05 said...

I am so happy to know that Rene had a beautiful memorial.
Thank you for sharing that with us.

God Bless her lovely soul

Jeanie

bhbner2him said...

I'm sorry I was away from J-land so much this month, and just now found out.  I feel priveledged to have had the chance to know Rene a little here.  My love and prayers for you all.  -  Barbara

kellygib1@hotmail.com said...

Hoping you and your family find peace within....my thoughts and my prayers are with you and your entire family....
God bless you all.
Kelly~

angelsunnie@yahoo.com said...

Dearest Family and friends of Rene ~
You are so special!  Your gracious hospitality is greatly appreciated during my visit to attend the service for your precious Rene and my great friend.  She remains alive in each of us that she touched and there are many.  Her light shines through in each of us that were priviledged to know her, no matter how long or short.
Again, thank you from my heart of hearts.
May peace be with you ~ Sunnie

geocachelinda66 said...

I'm sorry about your loss...  Linda

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Keeping you all in prayer!  Hugs,TerryAnn

lovelyheather78 said...

Pamela, Mom and Dad, and Family,

There truly are no words to describe Reeknee.  She is the most incredible woman I have ever met in my life.  She will forever and I mean that FOREVER live in my heart and life.  She played a HUGE role in my life as my best closest friend.  She amazed me with her ongoing strength.  Although we had so many plans you're right, time is short.  Those plans her and I will work on one of these days.  I'm glad she's comfortable and in complete peace.  The Pastor at my church has sent his condolences along with informing my church family of her passing as Reeknee has been on the prayer request list for quite some time now.
Please email me your information and allow me to do whatever I can for the family if anything.  Also, please know that come June we will indeed celebrate Reeknee's life.  I know she always looked forward to her birthday each and every year.  As did her friends.  She will be incredibly missed.  My heart aches knowing I can't reach for the phone to call her.  I so badly want to just hear her voice.  Just to hear that laugh.  And here come the tears.  Life isn't easy and during death certainly goes under that category.  Email me please at FlamingScent@comcast.net.  We'll definately be in touch soon.
Thanks for everything Pam.  You are one INCREDIBLY STRONG SISTER!  You are amazing too.
I love you all so very much.
Love Always,
RED aka Heather.
Along with Charles and Isabella "Izzy".

countrylady4071 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your sister.  I know what you're going through, because I have been there.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family.  May God's love comfort you.
Hugs,
Pat

bethjunebug said...

My prayers are with the family.
Love ya,
Liz in Va.
http://journals.aol.com/bethjunebug/Bethjunebug

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Just found myself thinking about you today Irene...

We miss you dearly!!!!

My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends...

Hugs
Terri

gosso23 said...

Thinking about you today. Miss you.
Trish.

carolelainedodd said...

I was just listening to some music and it made me think of you!.
So I thought I'd just visit for a while.

pjsandybeaches said...

I find myself coming to your site...Princess!!!!  Often.... I know that you already know that.  I KNOW THAT U KNOW THAT I MISS U ALONG WITH SO MANY PEOPLE.  BUT U ARE AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE AND WITH NO PAIN.....LOVE U
PAMMY

angelsunnie@yahoo.com said...

My darling friend,
I miss you so much but as you well know, I talk to you all of the time.  I got a reminder for your birthday and I didn't cry but felt you close to me instead.  I know you are there when I speak to you and I feel the warmth of your love surrounding me.  I miss you a lot and especailly your beautiful voice.  I look forward to hearing it again when we get together again.  Please contact me soon, I love you so much.  Hey, give our girls a gentle hug from me and give yourself one for me too.  
Love always ~ Sunnie (the Queen my sweet Princess)

gosso23 said...

I was thinking about you today. I just had to come by. I know you are a special angel. Miss you.

AGirlNexDoorCreation said...

adding you to the list I follow...hope that you have a good weekend..and will be praying for you! Big hugs,TerryAnn

AGirlNexDoorCreation said...

Oh...I am sorry so behind in blogs...I am so sorry to hear the news..will be praying for all..am glad that the memorial went well..big hugs hun..TerryAnn

Indigo said...

A good friend let me know you had moved Rene's journal over to blogger. Thank you for this! She was an inspiration to me. I learned a lesson in strength from this dear woman. (Hugs)Indigo

Chrissie said...

Wow this is great that her words will be here to inspire another. What a wonderful tribute.
Thanks to all involved in moving her journal.
Take care, Chrissie

Carol said...

Thank you, thank you to whoever made this happen. I was gonna miss her so much.
Sending hugsxx

LYN said...

I JUST STOPPED BY TO WITH RENE A MERRY CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN...

Carol said...

Happy New Year Rene. Miss you every day.
Hugs
Carolxx

Carol said...

Just wanted to say I was thinking of you today Rene. xxx

ADB said...

Nine years have passed with Rene waiting at the breakfast table. Several of us, J-landers, have joined her. Until our time comes, we remember her forever.