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16 June 2006 @ 12:41 pm
Prayer for Iolanthe  
I don't know what to say. Just a few minutes ago, I received an email from Leigh informing me that our friend Susan-- better known on the MASH-Slash list as Iolanthe-- died last night.

I can't really make that register. I never met Susan in RL, never did anything more than exchange emails and LJ comments with her, but I was so glad to know her. She had such a wonderful sense of humor. Even though her health was so delicate, she always seemed to hold her head up high. I had nothing but the utmost respect for her, both as a writer and a friend. Her stories were wonderful, a mix of wry wit and human emotion... the talent lept out at you. More than that, she was a concerned and generous friend. She had a big heart.

I have no words. I keep opening my mouth, moving my fingers, but I simply can't say anything real. All I can do is tell you how lovely she was, and how vibrantly her personality come through even over a medium as impressional as the internet.

Thank you, Susan, for your kindness to me, your encouragement and your help. I know your soul is strong, where ever you are.

This is one of the few things I remember from Presbyterian Church growing up-- we used to sing it in Sunday school:

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Insufferable Know-It-All: p/a rememberladyaeryn on June 16th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: frozengarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you.
gamesiplaygamesiplay on June 16th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Oh, Meredith. I went into the bathroom and just cried after reading this.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: violetgarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
*hugs Leigh tight* I didn't mean to make you cry, sweetie. I've been on the verge all day, doing laundry and other mindless tasks because it just won't sink in.
gamesiplaygamesiplay on June 17th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
No, don't apologize for it. I was on the verge all day too, and putting it off, and then I read this and thought, NO, you know what, people deserve to be cried for.

*hugs you some more*
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayutwicegarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
*hugs Bea back*
You're so special to me, you know that?