Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rest in peace…………………

We have lost a lovely and loved woman.
My mother-in-law, after ninety six years of sharing her 
kindness and great love, has gone home to be with her 
many family members and dearly loved friends who left this 
earth in years gone by.
It hurts so much to lose a person who was good and gracious,
gentle, yet strong when necessary. Her infectious smile and 
natural beauty enveloped us all for a very long time, and 
for that we are so grateful. 

Bertha Lucille (Messier) Sullivan
Manchester, New Hampshire
June 16,1918 - August 20,2014


  1. The longer they are with us, the more they are missed. Sorry for your loss, Mary. Hugs

  2. Aaahhh! I'm so sorry. It is never easy to give them up. It sounds like she was a precious lady.

  3. I'm sorry for your family's loss, Mary.
    As I read your mother-in-law's name I thought of the shared history of the east coast of our two countries. So many Canadians from Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick went south to work in the mills of New Hampshire. We have cousins, still, in some of those mill towns.

  4. Mary,
    I am extending condolences to you and your husband on the loss of your dear mother-in-law and mother.
    She sounds like a lovely lady and one who will be missed dearly.
    May your memories of the happy times you shared with her bring comfort to you in the coming days.
    Gentle hugs being sent your way.

  5. Mary, it sounds like she was a beautiful person. Hold tight to all of those cherished moments and memories. Heaven is blessed with her there.

    much love....

  6. I'm sorry for your loss, Mary. She sounds like a most gracious and loving woman who will be greatly missed.

  7. My prayers and sympathies to you, Bob and your families. No matter the age it's still hard to say goodbye.

  8. Mary and Bob, I'm sad to hear of your loss. A long, full life is a blessing but the reality of the loss is painful none the less. I'm thinking of you.
    Love ~ Sarah

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following your blog more than 2 years now. The person who had made me know about you has died in a car accident almost 2 years ago. He did not speak English but used google translate to read about your travels. He had admired you and your chances to travel.
    So, your blog reminds me of his death and his passion to travel though he had never been abroad.
    I hope this lifts your spirit up some how.
    Kind Regards, J

  10. Really sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  11. Dear Mary, What a lovely tribute. I am so sorry for your loss. ox, Gina

  12. So sad for you. A beautiful post in memory her. Much love

  13. I'm so, so sorry, Mary. She was clearly a wonderful, gracious woman and she will be dearly missed by all of her loved ones. Sending you and your husband love and sympathy.


  14. Mary, my heart goes out to you and Bob. I know you will both find comfort in the memories you carry in your heart.
    Penny and Kent

  15. I'm sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Please give my condolences to Bob.


  16. So sorry to read of your loss Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family just now.

    Take care.

  17. I am so very sorry for your loss. Ninety six - incredible. God will bless her in heaven for the kindnesses and love she showed to all who knew her all those years.

  18. My condolences to you and especially to your Bob. Talk to Bertha often and feel comforted by what happens next because incredibly something does happen.

  19. Mary, I'm sorry for your's and Bob's loss. What a long and wonderful life your mother-in-law lived. May God fill you both and your family with peace and comfort. Blessings, Pam

  20. It doesn't matter how long they live and even if you are expecting it, there is a hole in your heart.
    Hoping that lots of hugs, memories, and well wishes will do a bit to heal that hole. Please give
    Bob our condolences and a hug too.

  21. I'm so sorry for your loss dear. Sending my love to both Bob and you. I can only imagine how wonderful of a woman she must have been. I know she is with God...... love, Vanessa

  22. Truly sorry to read of this passing because all passings represent loss. Hope that your journey to New England will be restorative and healing. Love and comfort to you...

  23. Dear Mary
    Deepest sympathy to you both.
    It is such a wrench to lose our mothers - they are the glue that holds the family together and we all wish they could be with us for ever.
    She reached a great age and lived through so many significant events in history. I see she was born near the end of the First World War, so she was 10 or so when the Great Depression hit. My parents also lived through those times and because of the Depression they were very careful to use their money wisely - there were no great 'splash outs' in our home! It was another era.

    Thinking of you both at this very sad time and sending prayers and heartfelt love.
    Shane xox

  24. Mary and Bob, So sorry for your lose. It is never easy to let go of treasured loved ones. My heart goes out to you.

    Hugs, Penny

  25. I am saddened to learn of your loss. I will hold you both close in my heart and prayers


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