Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In Memory of Denise Roberts

I got a call yesterday afternoon that a friend of mine passed away yesterday morning. I could do nothing but say..."No....No....No" I just couldn't take it in.

We had been friends for over 10 years. When I lived out on the high desert of Oregon, we first met at a Pinochle party. We soon learned we both had a sense of humor and we had other things in common. We started stamping together and belonged to the same Bunco group for years.

Denise was a very talented lady! I mean very talented. There was nothing she couldn't do if she put her mind to the task. She even painted an egg on her floor in the dining room....and it looked real. It looked like someone had broken an egg. It was so hilarious.

She was very efficient in keeping house, decorating, sewing, crafts, cooking, baking and just about anything else she decided to try. I so admired her talent! I think she was even going to write a book. I wonder, now, if she ever started it?

When my husband and I had our moving sale, three years ago, here came Denise with a plate of cookies for us.

We had one last stamping time together before we moved and that was the last time I saw her.

When we eventually moved away, three years ago, we didn't get a chance to see one another again....both of our lives took different turns. She adopted three children and I lived 2 1/2 hours away. We kept saying we'd meet for lunch some day. But, we never did :-(

But, we stayed in touch via e-mail and she was also on a Yahoogroup stamping list with me.

I just wished her a Happy Birthday on April 30th and joked about her turning 60....of course, she was only in her 50's, but I liked to torment her :-) And, she took it all in good nature.

Less than a month later, I get a call telling me she passed away.

I am in shock!!!

Please everyone, make the time to keep in touch with those that you keep meaning to call or write......even if you move away and no longer can get together....keep in touch!

Everyone take a few minutes after reading this and think of one person you have been meaning to call for awhile or the first name that pops in your head and just DO IT!

Even if you just talked to them a month ago.......

Life is short.......sometimes shorter than we think.



  1. OH NO! I am so sorry. We've lost some friends our age recently and it hits so hard. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Thanks for that reminder! Doing so now! My thoughts are with you!

  3. What a thought provoking post. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that we never know when the last time we see/talk to someone will be.

  4. Oh, Char! That is so hard!!! I am sorry. I loved hearing about Denise. What an incredible woman she was! I am sure you treasure her memories. I keep reading these messages and articles and blog posts about telling your friends and family how important they are while you have the chance and it sure has changed me a lot. I made some lunch dates with friends and been making plans to see more of them soon. It really is important to have that time to really connect in person! Thank you for the reminder.
    Gentle Hugs,

  5. my condolences on the death of your friend.
    but she will remain alive in your heart through your shared memories.


  6. Char, my heart to you. She seemed like such a wonderful person and you were really lucky to have had a chance to know her. It sounds like you have really nice memories to make the pain ease.
    HUGS Helen

  7. Thank you for the wonderful words you had to say about my sister-in-law, Deenie Roberts. Like you, I envied her marvelous work. Many people have saved her beautiful, one-of-a-kind, Christmas, birthday, baby shower, etc cards. In memory of her, I plan to create a scrapbook of her cards. If you know of scrapbook friends that might have received one, and are willing to part with them, please send them to Ruth Zerbel, 205 Lancer Street, Lincoln City, Oregon 97388. A college trust fund has been set up for Deenie's three adopted children, ages 5,4, and 3. If you and your scrapbook friends would like to contribute, please let me know. Thank you again for taking the time to write the blog. I have forwarded the website page to Deenie's daughter, Gina Curphey.



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