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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The End

Hi, I'm Mary. My blog is over there on the sidebar. I'm Liz's youngest daughter. If you're reading this blog, it's likely you know who I am already.

My mom shared everything with me. I checked her e-mail for her sometimes, I ordered books for her from the library when she was too busy to sit down and take care of those things herself, and so this explains why I am here, now, and able to speak with you all.

My mother was a wonderful woman. Fortunately and unfortunately, our Father in Heaven thought so as well. He brought her home with him yesterday afternoon. And she is no longer with us.

This all happened very quickly, and was very unexpected. I apologize to those of you who haven't heard yet and are reading it here for the first time.

My family and I appreciate all of the calls that have been made and all of the people who have visited so far.

This will be the only blog I will ever put here on this site. I think the only person who would ever be able to contribute anything of worth here would be my mother. I will continue blogging on my site, and my e-mail is there in case anyone has any questions.

I'm sure my mother would have wanted me to say goodbye to all of you for her. I'll be moderating comments and things on this blog, but other than that, this will be the last post ever put here unless I find it appropriate to post any un-completed drafts.

I'm keeping this blog here so that others may enjoy the insight she has given, and the wonderful thoughts that she has shared with so many since it's creation.

If you'd like to know more about what happened, I hope this will help.



MARCIE said...

Thank you Mary. Mike and I are feeling the pain of her loss and sending our love your way. I am posting on my blog about your mom today. Love from Aunt Marcie

Annemarie said...

I've known your mom for as long as I can remember. I knew your Grandma Patch, as well...I even got the privelege of calling her Grandma. I know there is a joyous reunion going on right now between the two of them.
I have felt so blessed to hook up with your mom after so many years.
I know she cherished and loved her family very much.
I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

Robert Brault said...


I'll only repeat here what I said in my email -- that with your mom gone, you embark on a journey for which she has prepared you well and along which she will be at your side in ways you cannot now imagine. I will miss my cyberspace friend very much. My deepest sympsthies,


diane said...

May you all feel the love of our Savior at this time. He is the only one who can mend your broken hearts.

I loved your mom. She helped me get through my teens. We spent a lot of time together. I will miss her wise words and awesome sense of humor. I have loved getting to know her as a woman through her blog. She was a woman of great faith.

You guys were everything to her.

Marnie Lindsay said...

Sweet Mary, I'm sending my love to you and all of your family. Your mom is my Aunt Liz, my mother's sister. She is treasured always in my heart. My prayers are with each of you at this sad time. Your cousin, Marnie.

Jenna said...

I have always looked forward to reading Liz's words. She was wise beyond her years and funny too. I am grateful that we have these blog posts to read & remember her by.

Randi said...

Mary and family,
Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts, even though you must be trying to get a myriad of things done in a very short time.

I loved reading your mom's comments on Robert Brault's site and enjoyed her Arby's parody below. She had an awesome sense of humor. It was only a couple of weeks ago that she came to my blog and signed my guestbook. She was the most recent one to sign, so I still had a "Welcome to Liz" message on my sidebar when I heard the news from Robert.

I enjoyed her blog and as I read, I felt more and more like I wanted to get to know her better. It seems like we shared a lot of the same values.

I hope you don't mind if I hang out a while tonight, listening to the songs on her playlist. It seems fitting.

May God bless you and your family.

Ken Devine said...

"We are lost without faithful women" - kend

A distant voice says your mum hasn't gone, but just arrived.
Sounds like she was and is quite a woman.
I'm looking forward to hearing what she still has to say and how she lived her life.
(wish my mum had been a blogger).

Wishing you strength in the coming weeks.

Mary said...

Aunt Marcie- thank you so much. It is a great comfort seeing our extended family respond in such a way. I only wish poor Renn wasn't so far away. Family support is very important.

Annemarie- I agree with you there. One of my first thoughts when I was told by the doctor of my mother's passing was that I was happy for her. She missed her mother so much. And she once shared with me that she felt her mother had "abandoned her". At the time, I told her that that was impossible. I reassured her that her mother loves her and is always here for her. I'm glad you feel the same way, and I'm glad she's with her mom now.

Robert Brault- thanks so so much for everything. I appreciate beyond words the words that you have given and shared with my mother and, now, with I. I now understand why she's such a big fan.

Mary said...

Diane- I'm definetly hoping that this is an opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth for all of us. And I hope that this chance we've been given to grow closer as a family isn't taken for granted. Thank you very much for sharing your memories of my mother.

Marnie- Your love is greatfully recieved, as are your prayers. Thank you, my cousin.

Jenna- My mother will always be the smartest woman in the world to me. I'm thankful that she decided to share that with the world in such a permanant way as this blog.

Mary said...

Randi- I plan on hanging out here for a long time to come. This is now the surviving wisdom of my mother that I have yet to obtain. I'm hoping these posts and even drafts will help me to understand many many things much much better.

Ken- I know she is safe in our Father in Heaven's arms. But part of me wishes that she wasn't quite so amazing so that he might not have wanted her so soon. But I guess I'd be selfish not to be willing to share, with her mother and our Heavenly Father, such a virtuous soul.

Polly said...

I am so sad and shocked by all this. I will have your family in my thoughts and prayers. I have always loved and enjoyed your mom so much. I have treasured the times through the years when I have seen her and regret being so far away from all of you that we haven't had a relationship with our cousins in the south. Even though you are far away you are still my family and my heart aches for you. I'm glad Jennie can be there with you. I've had a lot of fun with your mom blogging the last few years. I will probably still come here by accident to see what is going on and get her words of wisdom. love to all, your cousin Polly

Emma said...

Hi Mary and everyone-

I am sending you my love and prayers during this time- I will miss my Aunt Liz too. I will have all of you in my thoughts & I wish I could be there. I love you guys- your cousin Emma

The Family Johnson said...

Oh Mary, I loved your mother! She was a smart, whitty, engaging woman! She was also an amazing mother and someone I look up too. She will be greatly missed by our family!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mary,

I'm so sorry for you and your family. What an amazing woman your mother was- and oh the adventures and times we shared during our childhood, teens, and afterward. She has been my friend longer than anyone- and though our contact in the last years has been limited, I cannot express how much your mother contributed to who I am today.

I know she and her mom had a wonderful reunion- but I'm also going to bet that before your mom would allow Heavenly Father to take her from all of you, He had to promise her that she would be able to have MUCH contact with all of you- all the time! She's there with you, I'm sure. It will just be so hard for her not to be able to hug you. I'm just to thankful that you and she stopped by to see me this summer. What a treasured memory that will be for me.s

Please tell your father and your brothers and sisters that I'm so sorry for your loss.

Sincerely, Julie Smith Siebach

Barbara said...


We've not met, nor have I seen your mother in years. I moved into the Minneapolis Ward as Liz, Julie and I were entering Jr. High School. We enjoyed Mutual (and later, Young Women's) activities, summer camp and many good times.

My family moved away and we lost touch, but thanks to Facebook, I was able to reconnect and get a sense of her life and your family. When Julie Smith Siebach told me about Liz's passing, I just couldn't believe that the vibrant woman whose facebook posts I so enjoyed could really be gone.

Please share my sincerest condolences and love with your family, as well as your Patch Aunts, Uncles and Grandfather.

Lots of love,

Barbara Howell

Jonathan Chen said...

I just posted the beautiful quote of your mom: "I brought children into this world because it needed the light that only a child can bring." Rest in Peace, Liz.

Marshall3 said...

I am a big fan of Robert Brault, and because of the kind and tender words that he said about your Mom, I had to come over to her blog and read some of her posts.

All I can say is "Wow". I already miss her, and we just met.

I am so sorry for your loss....and our loss as well.

Marshall Feimster

Ron said...

Hello Mary and all of your mother's friends,
I know her only through your words, on this site and your own, having stumbled upon your mother's quotations. Indeed she clearly made contributions to so many lives. I borrowed a few of her words as I wrote today about a young couple seeking the return of their three children from child protection people who have made a great mistake. I am trusting that Christmas will be special for this family as the judge rules. Her name is mentioned at http://www.ronunruhGPS.blogspot.com

Meanwhile here I am listening to music that your mother selected. Her choices are favourites of mine. Thank you for sharing your memories of this special woman.

Ed Stamm said...

Hello Mary....I came across one of your mother's quotations and was very moved...she must have been quite a person.