Friday, October 12, 2012

Moannie

When Moannie's daughter Sara wrote to me with the news of her mother's passing earlier this week, she gave me (along with a few others, including David McMahon and Suldog) the great honour of representing her blog family by writing a couple of very short lines to be read at the service. They are as follows:

In this strange and wonderful community known as blogging, words are shared, funny bones are tickled and hearts are touched. Deeply. We soon realize that there are very real, wonderful people behind those words.

From early on, Moannie has been among those whom many of us held dearest. Her fascinating tales, delightful sense of humour and tender heart will be sorely missed and always remembered with love. 

Good-bye, our beautiful friend.

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Rest in Peace, Molly Anne

58 comments:

lime said...

what an honor you've been given and what fitting words to describe how we've formed a community and the way moannie touched us all. may she rest in peace. she will be dearly missed.

TexWisGirl said...

i did not know your friend, but based on your tribute i know you loved her. my condolences to you and all she touched.

Red said...

Sympathy to you for the loss of a good friend. A very well said tribute to your friend.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

'As soon as you say it, you’re that much closer to making it true'...such words you speak about your friend make me wish I had known her, too...

Linda said...

I didn't know Moanie, but my sympathy goes out to you and to all who loved her. It's so hard to say good-bye.

Out on the prairie said...

tears in my eyes for a lovely eulogy

Indrani said...

Knew her since David's POTD days.
Great loss indeed.
RIP!

Cloudia said...

Well done.
I've wondered how my blog friends would know what happened should/when I pass. I've even thought of pre-posting an "if you are seeing this post" post way in the future so it wouldn't post accidentally unless I was really 'unavailable.'


We salute our web friend, Moannie



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Stephen Hayes said...

A lovely tribute to someone who was undoubtedly special.

Nadezda said...

These words are so sincere and touched me! Some months ago did not know about blog family but I know well now.

Betty Manousos said...

what a great tribute to your lovely friend!
your words did touch my heart.
my condolences to you and all who loved her.

Maggie May said...

That is a very great honour indeed.
Moannie will be greatly missed. She was a really talented writer and I hope that her stories will remain with us for the rest of our lives.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Tabor said...

I just added her to my memorial blogroll this morning. We get so close across this electronic universe.

Anvilcloud said...

Short, sweet and true.

messymimi said...

A reminder of how close we can become and how brief it all really is.

Brian Miller said...

its pretty amazing the relationships we develop....i remember just about 2 years ago when barry passed from cancer....and richard was a week later....neither of them i ever met except through their words...and how it felt....i am sorry....

DJan said...

I didn't follow her either, Hilary, but I do know how hard it is to lose friends, either virtual or physical. I feel like some of my cyber relationships mean as much to me as family. You are one of them, Benny too. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

ellen abbott said...

the wheel turns.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

This is a touching and beautiful tribute. I'm sure she will be greatly missed! So sorry for your loss and for her family's loss. :(

Stacey Dawn said...

Beautiful Hilary.

It is amazing, how much we come to care for our blogging friends - even if we never physically meet - and even when we have lapses in between posts!

rosaria williams said...

Thanks for your beautiful words celebrating Moanie who will be forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate to have known her. I count three fine women now lost in blogland, and soon, we will add more. What a beautiful world we live in for us all to join hands and celebrate each other's lives so intensely.

Thanks for representing us so well, Hilary.

Grayquill said...

Moannie was a real lady! Good job! I always felt honored when she would pass by my blog. This is sad.
Thanks

Kerry said...

A true, from-the-heart eulogy. What an honor.

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful lines for a beautiful lady.

Dianne said...

beautiful touching words
my condolences to her family

suz said...

Very well done. I'm sure her family appreciated hearing how you and others felt about her. I had not yet met her, and I'm sure it was my loss as well. Condolences to you and the rest of her blog family. - Karen

L. D. Burgus said...

I am impressed with the family to realize that bloggers are close friends more emotionally close than people would want to admit. Your tribute is touching, wonderful, and shares the beauty of this wonderful friend of yours.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Your tribute makes me wish I had known her. Condolences being sent from Washington State. ♥

English Rider said...

Nicely expressed. Moannie is one of several blog personalities that I have "known" and accompanied to the edge of blogdom and watched proceed ahead in search of new horizons. As her daughter said, her voice can still be heard.

yaya said...

I didn't follow this lovely lady but I can tell she meant a lot to you and I'm so sorry for your loss and her families loss. It amazing how we can meet each other across blog land and feel that connection. It's been the best surprise I've found when I started my blog.

SandyCarlson said...

This blogger and I have passed in the night, yet her passing reminds me that in some way we bloggers are a community of friends. It really is amazing how we visit each other with the desire to be kind and supportive and warm. I remember the early days of blogging, when some show-offs and self-styled intellectual snobs would run around insulting people....really made things unpleasant. But goodness has prevailed. And Moannie's passing is a reminder that our good intentions, our goodness generally, counts for a heck of a lot.

Leave It To Davis said...

Beautifully spoken. I adored Moannie. She was so kind to me. I will miss her greatly. I have a hole in my heart now....someday, maybe we will meet in the great beyond...I told her not to forget me because I want to have long talks with her then.

Barb said...

Heartfelt words. So sorry for the loss of your friend.

Kat said...

A beautiful tribute to Moanie. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Peace.

ladyfi said...

So sorry to hear about this.

Moving words.

sage said...

Nice tribute... I have learned of a few blogger friends death and it's hard to know what to say or how to mark the death of someone you know but not really. Sorry for your loss and for the loss the family experiences.

Pauline said...

How thoughtful of her daughter to ask those who knew her as a blogger to write something about her. We are indeed all real behind our written words. Thank you for acknowledging that in such a heartfelt way.

Country Girl said...

So very touching. My sympathies to you and to all that were lucky enough to know her ~

photowannabe said...

A very touching and beautiful tribute to more than a blogging friend.
Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

Shammickite said...

Thank you for writing such meaningful words. Even though we may never meet in person, bloggers really care about each other!

Hilary said...

Perfect. That says it all.
Goodbye, dear Moannie.

Rita said...

I did not know her, but this is a beautiful tribute. :)

Georgie K. Buttons said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. She sounds like a lovely person. Isn't it wonderful to meet such great people in our lives? They're the kind of people we can never forget, by accident or by choice.

Daryl said...

oh .... no

perfect

CiCi said...

Your words are helpful and loving to all the bloggers who came to care for Moannie. It is nice to know that blogging was part of her life and filled a space for her to share with others while she was ill.

Linda said...

It is true that we do make friends and form a community through blogging. This was a lovely tribute to your friend.

Suldog said...

A lovely woman. I'm afraid I was not very eloquent in my response to Sara. I am heartbroken, but my words seem insignificant to the occasion. Yours, and David's, were superb.

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

Your loss is great your words so Beautiful. My sympathies to you .
xo

MaggieGem said...

Wonderful tribute, may Moanie rest in peace.

It's all true, there are many friendships that found and grown through the blogasphere. These relationships can be very deep and rich even if we've met in the "real world"

Scott said...

A very touching and meaningful tribute. You said so much in so few words. My condolences to all who knew and loved her.

Anita said...

I agree Hilary, "there are very real, wonderful people behind those words."

I did not know Moannie, however, there is peace in knowing that so many others in our blogging community did, and that she was deeply admired and cared for.

Barbara said...

You perfectly describe this world of blogging. How wonderful that her family recognized the true friendships she had through her words.

Lisa Gordon said...

This is a beautiful tribute, Hilary.
May angels welcome you with open arms, Molly Anne.

Tammie Lee said...

such lovely and true words...
thank you ~

Crabby McSlacker said...

So sorry; even without having known her I can see by her face what a wonderful person she was. Thanks for your beautiful tribute.

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: I was very saddened to learn of the passing of your friend. You captured a beautiful tribute here.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Well said, Hilary. Moanie will be missed. She as a delight.
Big sigh.
xo jj

imbeingheldhostage said...

Beautiful tribute Hilary, and spot on. She touched many, many people.

I've been weeping on and off since I discovered the news on her blog, because I'm angry with myself for being "too busy" to follow blogs that have made such an impact in my life- in particular Moannie's. You couldn't have described the blogging community any better. Thank you xx