Saturday, February 14, 2009

In Memorium

On Saturday, February 7, I attended the Memorial service for Marlene. It was a simple service just the way she would have wanted it. Those that spoke at the service included her father, brother, a few of her friends and myself.

Below is a photo of her quilt and what I said for my dear friend.

For 2009, Marlene and I had tentative plans for a couple of quilt related trips and plans to keep each other on track with a few of our quilt projects. I was looking forward to what this year would bring.

As quilters, we make quilts to share the joy of new unions, new arrivals, to show we care when those we love are ill and to help us heal when we loose those we treasure.

I organized this quilt to let Marlene know just how much she meant to all of her friends. I have no doubts she knew.
On January 12, I was able to show Marlene a picture of the completed quilt top. Her words … “It’s beautiful”.

And so I gift this quilt to Andrew. I know Marlene would want him to have it and to know just how much she was loved.

To many of us, Marlene was a quilter. But she was much more than that.

On her blog she described herself as:

“A 50 something emptynest quilter stitcher blogger crafter petsitter sister mother daughter grandmother supervisor friend ..... where ever life takes me”

She was indeed all that, but most of all to me she was a best friend.


Yvette said...

That was beautiful. Marlene is smiling, I just know it.

I didn't know Marlene but I was a reader of her Blog. I have been following your blog to see how she was doing and I was devastated when she passed. Her passing changed my life in many ways. Thank you for sharing/

PamKittyMorning said...

I'm so sorry to have missed Marlene's service. You've been on my mind a lot. My mom fell and broke her arm on the Friday before the service.

I didn't know Marlene well, but she was so sweet and kind. My thoughts are with you and her family. xop

Laurie said...

Thanks for this update Deb. Mar will forever have a spot in my heart as such a kind/gentle/caring/giving quilter and human being. I am so glad I saw her a year ago when visiting Laurie.

carol said...

Deb that was indeed beautiful.


Yvonne said...

I've been thinking about you. That was a really beautiful tribute to Mar. I think of her often and I miss her. I pray that your memories of her will ease the pain of your loss.

hugs, Yvonne

Chookyblue...... said...

what you said is just lovely and it will be a lovely reminder to Andrew of her special friends she had.......I am thinking of you with this sad loss of a wonderful friend......

Stina Blomgren said...

I didnt know Mar so well either...but she always had so friendly emails and we shared our love for quilting...I felt the warmth she had ...just writing to her!! Im so glad she got to see the quilt before she went away... because its beautiful... and giving it to Andrew...was the perfect hting to do!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful words...about your very much loved friend.

Linda said...

((( big huge hugs!!)))

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That is so nice of you Deb. That quilt is just beautiful. I'm just saddened that I didnt get to meet Marlene and you when you were here last year.