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Friday, August 12, 2011

Pink Saturday Special





Today is a very special Pink Saturday feature for all of us. Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog has asked us to share a "blessing" story in honor of the Kalee Katillac for Colette's Gauthier's "Miracle Makeovers" services. If you never leave another comment, please do so today. A $1.00 donation goes to this great cause for every comment that is made. The stories behind their services are very touching and heartwarming. You can find out more about some of what they have done by going to www.designgivesback.com.

When I moved to Fort Worth in 1964 I worked for the telephone company. I met a lady that became one of my dearest friends. We worked together for several years in the same office. Her name was Polly. She was one of a kind. Most pleasant and fun to be with. She was a fine christian lady that loved a little country church that she attended regularly.

In 2008, she went for her annual physical feeling great. Had no symptoms of being sick or anything. Some of the test made showed she possibly had a serious problem. Upon further testing and analyzing, they determined she had cancer in her lungs.(She never smoked) It was at the stage and so near her heart, surgery was out of the question. It had even spread to her kidneys. She had the means to go and get the best of help or treatment available. She went through so much during this time, but never lost her faith. Just proves that money cannot by health or happiness. The doctors told her she would not live a year. Through her faith and strength that she had left, she never gave up. She got out, went places and did things she had never done before as though nothing was wrong. A little over a year later, time took its toll on her, and she had to go to the hospital. I went to visit her on that day. We had a good visit and laughed about some of the things we had done over the years. She said she actually felt fine, except for being weak. The very next morning, I called to see how she was doing before I made another visit. Her son answered the phone and said they were moving her to the hospice place. That was not what I was expecting. She asked to talk to me, and as long as I live I will never forget that conversation. Even today, it is very hard for me to share this. She knew she was near the end. but still strong in her faith. This was our goodby conversation. I was touched and blessed by her strong, brave and great attitude toward all this. She said she was ready to go. I was an emotional wreck. I visited the hospice place the following morning, but she never knew anyone after they took her there. That was the most heartbreaking thing I have experienced in a long time. She went to her heavenly home Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

Would like to share a little more of what a great human being and inspiration she was to so many. It is hard to understand why when someone so good is stricken with this dreadful killer. The little country church I mentioned, she did so much for it. In fact, she paid to have the doors into the church made larger, so that when she passed away they could get through the door better. She bought a new organ as well. There were other things she wanted to do for this church, but never had the chance. The following concludes my message on another cancer case where her work is still being carried on.This a copy of an article that appeared in a local newspaper where Polly lived. She would have been so proud. It was one of final wishes that the steeple be purchased and donated to the 118-year-old Cahill Methodist Church after her death. On March 17, 2011, her dream came true. "This is an emotional day for us, the Pastor said, gazing up at the steeple from the church yard with tears in his eyes". No doubt Polly was watching the whole thing from above.

63 comments:

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend. She sounds like an amazing woman. May she rest in peace, and may her memory be eternal.

Tete said...

What a beautiful lady God blessed you with as a friend. Thanks for sharing her story with us today and big hugs for you.
Tete

Ginny said...

What a wonderful lady, full of faith! An amazing story of her. And you have written a beautiful tribute to her.

George said...

This is a marvelous story and a great tribute to your friend Polly.

jeanne said...

Hi LV, Your story about your friend is so sad but a blessing too. It is always sad to lose someone you love and care about but so often a wonderful thing happens to preserve a memory. The church steeple will forever be a tribute to who Polly was. A loving, caring, lovely person who lived her life with Faith in God.
A beautiful tribute to her LV for this special Pink Saturday post.

Love, Jeanne

chubskulit said...

Such a wonderful tribute.
My Pink Post, have a nice weekend!

Riet said...

What a beautiful post LV. Happy pink Saturday

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This world needs more Pollys.it is an inspiration to read her story.

Marydon said...

Tear filled eyes, LV. May her soul be blessed. Beautiful story.

Would you be so kind to leave a comment on my BLOG ONLY, for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

Have a beautiful weekend.
Hugs,
TTFN ~
Marydon

Marti McClure said...

What a wonderful tribute to a dear friend. Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

Charlotte said...

Wow, what a heart wrenching story and a wonderful tribute to your friend. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, LV, what a special friend and amazing story--I am crying. I don't know why she was taken from this life, but definitely, she was a beacon who still shines brightly into the lives of others.
XO
Cindy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello LV,
What a wonderful tribute to your dear friend! I lost my best friend to cancer and she was only forty. She left behind many who loved her and I still miss her to this day.
Your pink rose is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing from your heart, dear lady and enjoy your pink weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Daniella said...

Oh LV.
That is a beautiful story. And I can see she was a blessing in every way.
As I am sure, you were a blessing to her!
xxDaniella

Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of friendship...surely makes this pink weekend special!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Oh LV, what a sweet and inspirational story - such a wonderful testimony of your friend leaving such a blessed spiritual legacy. I really enjoyed reading about her - it brought back fond memories of a dear friend of mine who died much too young of ovarian cancer. She, too, is safe and snug in heaven and won't we have a wonderful time someday when we get together for our eternal reunion. :)

Barbara F. said...

LV, this is a wonderful cause. I am joining today and linking to the other hostesses as well. xo,

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Happy Pink saturday LV, thank you for sharing ypur story of a wonderful friendship and loss, I totally understand and feel your pain. I lost my very best friend of 25 years to cancer in 1999 and held her hand when she passed from her hospice bed at home. A very peaceful but painful to watch passing. Hugs from me to you, Love Marilou

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Wow LV, that is such a heartfelt tribute. How wonderful that you were both lucky enough to enjoy a friendship that spanned 45 years! Your friend's faith served her well right until the end of her time here on earth. Thank your for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

Denise

A Vintage Green said...

Thank you so much for sharing Ms Polly's story. Tears and smiles.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

The story made me cry, LV... What a wonderful lady. My friend who died recently was in hospice for 3 weeks --and it was fabulous, some of the best care one could have.. Everyone was so pleased ---and Susan died at peace...

Great Cause, the Miracle Makeovers... I have already made a comment.
Hugs,
Betsy

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Ms Polly is in all our hearts now b/c of YOU, LV....my heart grew bigger and that is something very special indeed.

Emily said...

Oh LV, what a touching tribute. Your friend was an amazing lady of courage and strength. I'm sure you feel Blessed to have know her. I'm sorry for your loss, I see she was a special friend to you. Thank you for sharing your sweet friend Polly.
I sure hope you get rain soon. We were just like you, everything dried up. We've had a lot of rain and now the grass is green and the roses are blooming again. The temps are down from triple digits and lows next week low sixties. Thanks for sharing your sweet post LV.
Happy pink and a wonderful weekend to you.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Sharon said...

What a beautiful Pink Saturday post!!!

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us about your friend. Happy Pink Saturday and blessings to you :O)

Hugs,
Marie

Catherine Denton said...

I lost a dear friend in June from cancer. Thank you for sharing your story. Polly sounds amazing.
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Sares said...

Polly sounds like a beautiful soul. How lucky you were to have been blessed to know her and cherish her friendship. Bless you and Happy Pink Saturday.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Losing a dear friend is one of the most difficult things to bear. You were lucky to have Polly in your life. Thanks for sharing your and Polly's story!
Hugs,
Coralie

☆☆Mumsy said...

Wonderful post, LV, and really touching too. It's always amazed me how great the spirit and strong will of a person could be.

Beautiful rose for Polly!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Blessings to YOU and ALL for supporting this Event! A precious tribute to your friend Polly, LV! It is so hard to understand the loss of someone who gives so much and is so good. I struggle daily with that over the death of my brother to lung cancer. Next month will be a year...he was only 48 years old.

Tea Time Consultants said...

Wonderful tribute. Sorry for the loss of your friend.

Robin said...

Oh my goodness LV.....this is such a sweet post. You have me crying.
God bless you, and God bless your dear friend.

Wishing you a beautiful pink weekend....

Linda M. said...

Happy Pink Saturday LV, Thank you for sharing the story about your friend. She was a blessing in your life and you are a blessing to all of us. XO, Linda

designgivesback.com said...

LV!!!

What a beautiful tribute. There is absolutely nothing like an old friend or a little country church. The two are interchangeable. And the steeple a fitting monument to her life and love.

Thank-you for reaching down and sharing this emotional and meaningful story. I so appreciate you and this post.

Your Design Angel wings are embossed with P's...and simple white ...like a little country church.

In gratitude...

Kelee & Charlie

Jenny's Heart said...

Thank You for sharing Polly with us.

racheld said...

The loving, living tribute you wrote for your friend is as lovely as that vibrant pink rose.

Pat said...

Heartwarming story - thanks for sharing. Happy PS!

Pat said...

It's a wonderful cause. I hope they raise a ton of $$

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful post and a lovely tribute!

Annesphamily said...

What a beautiful story! I love knowing you as you write so beautifully and share from the heart! Love Anne

bj said...

This is one of the sweetest and most heartfelt tributes to a friend I have ever read.
You have truly blessed me with your story of love, courage and faith..I thank you, LV.
love, bj

Nicole Blean said...

LV, you are an extreemly cool 80's something woman to be blogging and telling your stories. I love it! Loved the story about your friend Polly, even though it was sad. Happy Pink Saturday. Pretty rose.

mercedes scott said...

Such a beautiful and inspiring post... thank you for sharing with us.

SavannahGranny said...

What a lovely honor to your friend. She was surely a special person and exemplified our Saviour while here among us. Thank you for sharing her story with us. She lives on through the memories of those who love her.
Blessings, Ginger

Marianne C. said...

Very sad, but beautiful story, LaVoice. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Marianne

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Mrs. LV, thank you for sharing that sweet story. It reminds me so much of my mother who had a similar experience of cancer, not knowing anything was wrong. She had it in her lungs, and it spread. She never smoked either. It doesn't make sense. Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your comment.

Self Sagacity said...

Thanks for your visit. It is a wonderful giveback and your post is very moving today.

alicesg said...

Thanks for sharing your story. My mom died of cancer too. I still miss her. Happy Pink Saturday.

Leovi said...

Nice tribute, a beautiful and sweet story.

Terry said...

Such a lovely tribute! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Have a lovely Sunday!

suesueb said...

This is a beautiful story of a beautiful person! God blessed her and you for knowing her. Thanks for stopping by and Yay for Charlie's cause!!

suesueb said...

This is a beautiful story of a beautiful person! God blessed her and you for knowing her. Thanks for stopping by and Yay for Charlie's cause!!

Cathy said...

It's obvious how much you loved your friend, and what a great tribute to her. Also thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my deck project. I appreciated it.

The Painted Garden said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful and inspirational post and for participating in the Miracle Makeover.
Have a lovely day.
Blessings,
Erin

Vhincci Subia said...

From just our mere conversation in blogging, I can say, you're a GREAT FRIEND! This post is inspiring! :))

World of Vhincci

Marydon said...

G'morn, Would you please come join me at our efforts for this Makeover for Charlie also.

Thank you.
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Beverly said...

Oh, dear LaVoice. Thank you so much for sharing memories of your Polly with us. I am in tears. You were both blessed to be such loving friends.

Thank you for participating in this very special Pink Saturday. I hope your visitors will come over to comment and help us to raise more money for the next Miracle Makeover. The good news is that you can leave a comment each day through the 18th, and each comment earns $1.00. So, please come comment again and again.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

LV this is such a beautiful post about Polly. You see, I had a special friend who had a similar experience. She too had lung cancer that was inoperable. From the day she found out, she lived 8 months before going home to be with the Lord. She was the very best friend I ever had. We had been friend for almost 20 years. She passed from this life into the next on the heels of Hurricane Jeanne on September 26, 2004. I still miss her laugh and her uplifting phone calls. My friend, Diana, and Polly are having a blessed time together praising the Lord. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

pinkim said...

Wow LV what a beautiful tribute to a beautiful friend...you have done her proud...how fitting for our celebration this week. Pinkim

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

With all her good works she will live on in the hearts of so many for a very very long time. Thank you for sharing LV. HPS

Lynn said...

Hi LV,
Thanks for sharing that touching story of your friendship.

Mom&Daughter_Crafters_Extraordinaire said...

Thanks for sharing that beautiful story.
René

vanilla143 said...

Thank you for sharing your friend...