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Friday, September 4, 2009

My Very Good Friend Jenny...Victorian Vignettes & C/Vignettes Etc.

We have had devastating news today. Just one month and one day since our little Kippy passed away we received the horrible text and phone call.

My good friend Jenny , the mother of my son's best friend, passed away suddenly today. Serge received an emergency text message from Owen that his Mom had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. We prayed right away. I drove to the post office 2 minutes away. Serge called me with the terrible news, that she had died.

Some of you may 'know' Jenny through her very new blog, Victorian Vignettes & C. And as I went to her site just before this post, I see that she just changed it to Vignettes Etc...(Musings from a sometime crafter about antiques, vintage finds, and road trips).

She had just broken her foot last week, by tripping over a mannequin that had been lying down on the floor at an antique shop in Rehobath,De..She just saw her doctor on Wed., and now this.

I have known Owen's family for 8 years now. The boys met in 1st grade. The first time Serge was going to Owen's to play with him, I left the car running to meet and talk to the parents. Serge inadvertently locked the car, while it was running. I had to call AAA, and felt awful to burden Owen's parents. But, they were as gracious as anyone could be, and we became instant friends... Even Ken as well, when they met.

We moved to our new home 4 years ago and Serge was so upset to leave his friends, and especially Owen. But, we got the boys together monthly or bi-monthly, and they have remained best friends even though we live an hour and 15 min's. apart. We usually meet halfway, and sometimes have delicious NY style pizza at my fam's favorite pizza place in MD, at J&P Pizza.

Last year, Jenny and I shared a booth at Boonsborough days, our first B's Days. In 37 years it never had rain. But, last year on Sat., it poured. The show is wonderful with over 10,000 people in attendance, and yard sales for miles around. It attracts people from more than 4 states. We still did well, and Jenny and I got separate booths this year in anticipation of a great show. She was so very excited about the show, and Emma, her daughter as well.

Jenny and Emma were just at our home recently, (Emma's idea), to work on artwork for the show. It was such a great day.Jenny shared some of her beautiful vintage red flocked posies from a hat that she had found. I was tickled 'red':)

Jenny made beautiful collaged shadow boxes, cloches,and other items, and sold antiques. Jenny worked full time for the Archives, and was a wonderful, historical writer, with published works. She leaves behind her loving husband , Steve, and their 2 beautiful children, ages 14, and 11. I feel honored to have known her, and to have called her my good friend. I loved her very much, and she will be missed always by many.

I am sorry that I have no pictures right now, w/my computer not being fully installed at this point. My family is devastated... A lovely and beautiful woman, kind and generous, a true gentle spirit, my friend Jenny.

As an additional note, a friend from my youth, the brother of my college friend from Kenya, who I would visit when taking tour groups on safari there also just passed away, from lung cancer just 2 weeks ago in Canada. He was also young, leaving behind 3 children, the youngest 13, and also, a dear and gentle soul, my friend Jawade(Javed). We started to email earlier this year, catching up for a short time on life, after many years.

Memory Eternal Jawade! Memory Eternal Jenny, dear friend! May the angels guard you in heaven as you look down upon your families and keep watch over them. This is so hard,and the tears will not stop. Please say a prayer for these wonderful souls and their families.

This is such a tough year.


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

This is so terribly sad...we visited her blog and exchanged comments last Wednesday during White Wednesday..our heart goes out to her family and friends...Thank you so much for letting us know!

joan@anthinggoeshere said...

I am so sorry to here about this. I read her blog and she read mine. My thoughts are with you and her family. Thanks for letting us know. i read your comment on Maynard Greenhouse post because I saw her reference to her blog and name.

common ground said...

Oh Lydia, thank you so much for coming by my blog and leaving the message. I am just devestated. I was just getting to know her. The tribute you gave her was beautiful and so heartfelt. I will be praying for her family, thank you for being such a dear friend and buddy to Jenny. Bless you, dear, I know this was hard for you to do.
My deepest sympathy to her friends and family,

junkdreams said...

Oh my goodness...this is so terribly sudden and sad. I so appreciate you letting me know, and my love and prayers go to you and your family and to Jenny's family.

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Good evening Lydia,
My deepest sympathy. So sorry for your loses. I know it must be a very difficult time. I will say a prayer for you, your family and the famalies left behind. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord in this time of grief. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment.


vivian said...

that is so sad Lydia. Ill send up a prayer for her family. and for you. do they know what caused her death?

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

So very sad... thoughts and prayers to everyone... Julie Marie

Sandy Mastroni said...

Lydia I am so sorry
This is such sad news
We will all be praying

Laurie said...

Oh my gosh, Lydia - how awful! I had begun to follow her blog this summer...I just have no words. I am so sorry.

simplyiowa said...

I am so, so sad... Jenny had just left a comment on my blog yesterday. I loved her blog, and I will miss her...
My prayers are with all of you...
Barb C.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for stopping by and letting me know. I did leave a message for her that my prayers are with her and her family.
Blessings to you

Betty G said...

I am so very sorry. What a terrible shock for everyone who knew her. She was a wonderful woman and she will be missed.

Rebecca said...

Oh dear... I am so sorry. That is terrible and I am so sorry for misreading your news. Please, I am so sorry.
I will certainly be praying for her family.

September 5, 2009 1:44 PM

PS I must be shook up because I left this under the wrong post, sorry...I am not helping matters.

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Thank you for contacting me. This is so awful and too sudden. I had just gotten to know her in the last few weeks with White Wed. She wrote such nice emails back. Such a sweet soul. I pray for her family and friends. It makes you realize that every minute we have with each other is precious.
Take good care,

Cindy said...

Oh Lydia what a very dear friend you were. What an awful lose. I know your heart is breaking and your greef is heavy. My prayers are with you and her family.

Thanking you for letting her blogger friends know of her passing.

Lori R. said...

Prayers and hugs for all of you who knew Jenny and blogged together. I'm sure you feel like you will be missing a part of your everyday, not seeing her posts. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her blog, but I feel and pray for you all... Sorry for the loss of your friend, the mom that has left children still at home.... that is soooo sad!

Sandi said...

Dear Lydia,
I am so sorry to hear about this sudden loss. It is heartbeaking when thing like this happen. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and certainly her family as well. Praying for better days ahead for you .

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

This is so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.


blushing rose said...

If you went to J&Ps Pizza you do not live far from me. Where are you?

I did not know Jenny nor her blog. It is sad to learn of her loss to you all & I shall lift prayers for her soul & her family.

TTFN ~ Marydon

Dee Dee said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Hugs.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

So sorry about your dear friend, healing thoughts for your family and hers...

Barb said...

What a wonderful tribute to your friend.
I am so sorry to hear of her passing and so suddenly too. I will pray for friends and family as they go through the long process of grieving her loss.

I am also sorry for the loss of your other friend.

Prayers of peace
Barbara Jean

Rebecca said...

My prayers are with the family. Beautiful words about a loving friend.

My heart is so sad...

Love to you all~


Wizard of Was said...

I will pray that her fmaily feels God's comfort during this very difficult time. Lydia your tribute to Jenny was beautiful
My Best

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You wrote a beautiful tribute to your friend. I had just met Jenny through White Wednesdays...she was a warm, friendly woman w/ great style. The family will be in my tragic!

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

I was speaking with Rebecca today and she told me the news. I immediately started praying for Jenny and her family as I drove home. I am so saddend by the loss. Jenny was such a sweet soul, I met her through the blog and enjoyed sharing messages. Your post is heartbreaking to read and at the same time such a sweet tribute to her. God is god and he will protect and help heal. Again, I am so sorry for your loss, I will have her family and yours in my prayers, I have had her on my mind all day. Blessings and Hugs! Janna

thevanitytable said...

Thanks so much for your comment. It's so strange...almost like I was supposed to "talk" to you. I had added Jenny's blog to my follow list just the other day. I,too,have seizures. Not frequest ones, but when they do happen,they're really bad. I'll keep her loved ones,you & your loved ones in my prayers. Sometimes it helps to talk to a stranger,so if you ever need to talk,vent,etc.,I'm here. God Bless, Suzanne

Peonies & Magnolias said...

I am so sorry to hear about Jenny. Her family and your's are in our thoughts and prayers.