Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Celebrating Jacqueline

          

I'm very sad to learn that a favourite blogging buddy passed away earlier this month -- Jacqueline of Randomosity and Cranky Bar blogs. Some of you may have been among her readers as well. Last year, she suffered a stroke and was hospitalized since then. I believe it was another stroke on February 6th which ended her life.

Today various blogs are honouring Jacqueline's memory as a final tribute to a wonderful woman gone too soon.

Jacqueline's two successive blogs were always a fun place to visit. She had a great sense of humour and a big, BIG heart! Jacqueline loved to post about her culinary adventures, her favourite music and dealings with family and friends. She was also a talented writer and often posted entertaining and imaginative short fiction based on photo prompts.

But Jacqueline's most inspiring characteristic was her positive, upbeat attitude in the face of serious health issues and other vicissitudes of life. Although she called herself "The Cranky" in her second blog, Jacqueline never appeared to give up in the face of adversity. She celebrated the good times when her arthritis pain and Parkinson's tremors decreased and persevered in bad times when she was more debilitated. I admired her greatly for her strength of character in meeting the many challenges of life.

Jacqueline often posted videos of her favourite music which I always enjoyed because of our similar musical tastes. She introduced me to a lot of great songs and artists, including the European singer In-Grid and her hit Vive le Swing. Jacqueline posted this video two or three different times on her blogs. It was one of her favourites and has become one of mine too. Hearing it always makes me think of her and I'm glad.



Thanks to Rawknrobyn of Life by Chocolate: Robin Alana Engel's Blog for organizing this special blogosphere tribute day.

46 comments:

strangelynaked.com said...

It's always sad to lose an original voice, someone who was willing to share her thoughts and touch others. My deepest condolences.

Melancholy and Menace said...

Such a sad loss. My heart goes out to her family.

This is such a lovely tribute 🖤

Lynn said...

I did not know her, but she sounds like a wonderful, strong woman - someone to admire. Lovely tribute, Debra.

anne marie in philly said...

I did not know her, except through comments she left on john gray's blog. she persevered. she is at peace.

Bob Slatten said...

She sounds like a wonderful woman.
Hopefully she is at peace today.

DEZMOND said...

so sad :( It's nice of you to honour her this way, Debs

jaz@octoberfarm said...

so sorry you lost your friend. sometimes i think blog friendships are tighter than face to face ones!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I'm so sorry about your blogging pal, Debra. This is a lovely tribute to her.

Mitchell is Moving said...

Thanks for the "Jacqueline Music." I wanted to include something, but couldn't figure out what. Your choice is perfect!

The Blog Fodder said...

Web friends are still real friends and losing them is hard. A great tribute

AntiquityTravelers said...

Perfect tribute to Jacqueline. She was an original soul, heart as big as Texas and no matter the physical adversity she persevered. I wish I had her strength! I will miss her voice in the blogosphere. Thank you for this post

Miss Val's Creations said...

So sad. It always feels wrong when someone passes away from anything other than old age. :( People like Jacqueline are so inspiring keeping up humor during extremely difficult times. Beautiful dedication. This song is uplifting and fun so I can see why it was such a hit with her.

Harry Hamid said...

I hate to see this happen. I've lost a couple people whose blogs I have followed and it's a weird feeling.

I didn't know her blog, but I trust she left behind an interesting and set of writings for us to remember her by!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Ah, that song. I haven't heard it since her blog. What a great way to remember her. I never once saw a bit of crankiness in her. Just beaming positivity, in her food, the music she enjoyed, and her writing.

Dr. Theda said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Friend, dear Lady Debra...
Remember her for the times her posts gave you a pleasant smile.... and keep your fond memories of her alive... Stacey
... we loose Too many of those whom we care about...
take care and be thankful for the loved ones that are still a part of your life....

Linda deV said...

Lovely tribute to someone I would have liked to have known.

Holly said...

May she go forth shining and may all her words shared and ideas that inspired give your heart warmth as she goes.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You have a similar gift with words, Debra. And Jacqueline worked magic with words - even her comments impressed me. As you mentioned, though, her most remarkable trait was her phenomenal spirit in the face of countless obstacles.

Thank you, and gratitude for the mention. It was an honor to coordinate this in our dear friend's honor.

Love and light.

Magaly Guerrero said...

May her soul find rest...

brewella deville said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Debra.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I did not have the privilege to visit her blog, but I am sad nonetheless. Its true what others have said and I shall echo, sometimes those in blogger land are closer than those in real life. May she journey well.

Rosemary said...

I didn't know her blog but this is a lovely tribute from one blogger to another.

Marie Smith said...

I am soory for the loss of your friend, Debra. It is wonderful to honor her this way!

Insomniac's Attic said...

I didn't know her but it's always a sad day when we've lost a dear friend - online or otherwise. :(

Ol'Buzzard said...

Sorry,
the Ol'Buzzard

LL Cool Joe said...

I didn't know her but from the way you've described her, I wish I had. I'm so sorry. Blogging buddies dying hurts like hell.

mistress maddie said...

A beautiful post and tribute Debs. Yours is the second blog I have seen this on. She sounds like a pip!

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear about her passing abut a lovely tribute to this lady, who sounds like phenomenal force. May she pass into the next life and carry on her inspiration.

Willym said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your (blog) friend. Such a lovely tribute to her. May she rest in peace and may light shine forever upon her.

Kay G. said...

May she rest in peace. Beautiful, sweet words here, Debra. God bless.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend. It's amazing how close we can be to people we have only ever met online.

Mark said...

I didn't know much about Jacqueline myself, or follow her blogs, but this makes me wish that I had. It sounds like the world has lost a wonderful person and will be a little worse off without her.

The Captain said...

I hadn't come across her, so sorry to hear a voice go silent.

Susan said...

Lovely tribute. I am sorry that I did not know of her blog, but hope that her family keeps it up for a while so we can enjoy it, and her through it.

Jim said...

Jacqueline sounds like she was a good human being. So sorry for your loss, Debra. It is tough losing our blogger friends.

Missy George said...

What a nice tribute..Sorry for the loss of your blogging buddy..I was not fortunate enough to have known her..Love the swing video..

Adam said...

I don't think I knew her

Magic Love Crow said...

I am so sorry Debra! May she rest in peace! She sounded like a wonderful person! A very beautiful tribute! Big Hugs!

Elsie Amata said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Debra. We're so blessed that Blogger has given us a way to connect with so many people, but it's also opened up a whole new avenue of loss. Hugs.

Cheryl said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Your post is a nice tribute to her.

I really enjoyed the video clip. Catchy tune!

I Lorkyn I said...

A lovely tribute, dear Debra! I think she would be very happy to read this <3

The Happy Whisk said...

Sorry you lost your friend, Debra :-(

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Jacqueline. This was such a lovely tribute to her.

Julie

Colette said...

She was good and she was kind. And she was so many other wonderful things. I am sorry she is gone.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm sorry that you and others lost a blogging friend in Jacqueline. I did not know her or her blogs, but she sounds like an inspiring person.

Dr. Theda said...

Hello, dear Lady Debra ... Sorry to hear of the passing of your Friend.... take care and have a pleasant weekend...
and Hello from Marshville....