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Dedicated to my friend Willow Winds.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I have been incredibly sad since we lost her May 20th. The other day I came upon a prayer. I do not know exactly where it may be from but I intend no copy write problems. It is called a
PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Make me an instrument of Your Peace;
Where there is hatred, let it sow Love;
Where there is injury, Pardon;
Where there is faith, Hope;
Where there is darkness, Light;
Where there is sadness, Joy.
O DIVINE MASTER;
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Her contribution to my life and the spark family will be missed.
She gave to those of us who knew her a daily reason to get on line and to try and better our lives .I know she is resting in peace and that she is with God and no longer suffering pain or physical limitations. I call Russ weekly(her dear hubby) and try and help him deal with her loss. He is under so much demands for paperwork to be filled out. The red tape is overwhelming. He is trying to get work closer to home, rent the upstairs and live downstairs and then he will hopefully not loose his home he shared with Willow.I feel as if your system failed her. If she hadn't been medicare and poor that she would have received better medical care.Our system fails the old , poor and disabled .I think back to where she was trying to get her wheel chair fixed so that she could spend Thanksgiving with her family and it was so old they told her to wait until her 5 years were up and then request a new one. They couldn't get the necessary parts. Well she never got enough time to get her chair or bed fixed.I am bitter about the systems failure and concerned as to my care as I get older !
She was a great lady and I encourage all to go back and reread her blogs filled with hope,stories and great information about Holidays and such.Let her be remembered in our hearts and prayer forever.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/1/2011 4:57AM

    That was so beautiful Holly,the system is very flawed and not very helpful for those who need and depend on services.It saddens me the way things are and hope things will improve,not soon enough for Susan,we have her memories we hold dear to us.She is where she has love and happiness,someday we shall join her and what a reunion that will be.Take care of YOUrself Holly. emoticon emoticonDiana

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INFLATED 6/14/2011 4:35PM

    WILLOWWINDS lived out her faith and inspired others to be Christlike. The poem fits her well.

I pray for Russ and that he will be able to get things straightened out. I agree with you that the system failed WILLOW and is now failing Russ. He has health problems of his own.

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PUGRAD1995 6/12/2011 12:00AM

    Willow is missed, but in a better placd. I look forward to the day I meet her-both of us with new bodies and no pain. emoticon

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FILLANGES 6/10/2011 11:04PM

    I came to your page To pay tribute to Willow, as well. This poem is beautiful. i was raised in the Catholic church and I always loved this poem. We sang it as a song and it always touched me deep in my heart. I've since joined a non-denominational church, but i do so love the old songs. I found a version of the song and i'd like to share it with you. I pray you enjoy it and let it touch you as it does me. Willow is greatly missed by many but we also REJOICE in the knowledge that she is in the Loving embrace of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
take care and God Bless.
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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/10/2011 5:19PM

    She has left a true legacy behind in her blogs - so full of hope even in the midst of her difficult times.

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CANBDONE 6/10/2011 4:08PM

    WIllow will not be forgotten! She's earned a crown, that's for sure!

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SHERRY666 6/10/2011 2:01PM

    THANKS FOR THE LOVELY POEM........ WILLOW IS MISSED EVERY DAY...... emoticon

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JESS0107 6/10/2011 12:05PM

    That is a wonderful poem and yes, she will be missed by all but her memory is still alive. I am going to pray for the family!

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WHATAGRL42 6/10/2011 12:58AM

    I feel saddened to read your blog. You are spot on when you point out how horrific our system is at helping those who need help the most. It makes me angry to think Willow was slighted by our failing system. May she rest in God's hands.
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MILLISMA 6/9/2011 10:15PM

    Holly thanks for posting this. Please give Russ my best. You are a great friend.
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JAMER123 6/9/2011 8:34PM

    Thank you for sharing. She is missed by many but the poem says it all for us and her. Blessings to you and her family.

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0309COOKIE 6/9/2011 8:17PM

    That is a beautiful prayer. Thanks for sharing.

I miss Willowwinds too. Her blogs were always so uplifting.

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WillowWinds Memorial

Friday, May 27, 2011

Willow Winds memorial will be on Saturday May 28,2011 at Newtown Reformed church 206 Buck Road Newtown ,Pa 18940 at 3p.m.

Spark members please bow your head and say a prayer for her family and for our dear departed angel. emoticon emoticon

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/29/2011 9:59AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I miss her greatly.

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GRACEISENUF 5/28/2011 12:38PM

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JAMER123 5/27/2011 10:07PM

    Thank you Holly. My sympathes, thoughts and prayers will be with the family as they travel this road of sorrow. Blessings!

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MILLISMA 5/27/2011 8:43PM

    Thank you, Holly. emoticon

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NELLIEC 5/27/2011 7:22PM

    I am praying and will be praying.

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MOM2ACAT 5/27/2011 6:25PM

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CANBDONE 5/27/2011 4:11PM

    She left a beautiful legacy. I'll keep her loved ones in prayer. She has finished her work on earth...God told Jesus...Enough, go get her!

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To Willows hubby Russ

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I know we have been talking on a regular basis but I wanted our Spark family to know how you stood by Willow and a little more of what you did for our beloved Willow. You didn't let her suffer needlessly and when they removed the tube you were there holding her hand. I know at some point you will break down but know that when you do a lot of us have been shedding tears at her loss. She was truly a light in our world. With her blogs and help I found my way back to a comfortable relationship with god and pray regularly through out the day. The two of you have been in my prayers for close to two years. I miss her and I am glad that you were her soul mate and you had one hand when God reached out with the other to welcome her home. I know she is better off and not in pain it is those of us left behind that suffer and cry at her loss. She was taken from us when so many of us needed her,A lot of us will be at her memorial in spirit and I look forward to you keeping her site open and for a memorial post from you and her sister. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DEBTEVELDAHL 6/12/2011 9:07AM

    I am terribly sorry for your loss and terribly sorry that I did not get to know Willow better. She was a very special person. May God love and keep you, Debi T.

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ECONLADY 5/27/2011 1:22AM

    I just found out and I have been crying nonstop. Please blog us and let us know about the memorial.

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SHERRY666 5/26/2011 2:53PM

    GREAT POST.......... THANKS..

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/25/2011 9:18PM

    Thank you Holly for posting this. Yes, Willow's Spark page will be a tribute to her, a lady we all miss so much.

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MILLISMA 5/25/2011 9:09PM

    Holly thank you so much for posting this. I can't help but cry. Will miss this wonderful lady.


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GRACEISENUF 5/25/2011 8:06PM

    What a beautiful blog in honor of Russell. He treated Susan with such love and compassion and she was very blessed to have a friend like you.

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ENUFF81020 5/25/2011 6:57PM

    God bless and protect all of those who are mourning Willow's passing into Heaven. I am so sorry for you all. I know that you know her life will be better now and will be better when her loved ones join her at their time. Take are of yourselves and I hope you have comfort in the fact that you are in my prayers.

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PAULASTRAS 5/25/2011 6:33PM

    you are an angel holly, and your words as you typed them were wet by your tears. so many will miss willow whose hearts she has touched. may we all find peace in knowing she is in the loving arms of the savior.
thank you for writing these beautiful words of endearment.

love and hugs, paula

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LOULOUBELLE2 5/25/2011 5:39PM

    Beautifully said Holly......I'm sure you have been a comfort to both Willow and Russ and will continue to be there for Russ in the future.
Prayers out to you, Russ and the rest of Willows family.
She's with "Our Savior" now and that indeed is a blessing.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/25/2011 5:36PM

    Beautiful Holly,I am crying all over again. emoticon emoticonI miss her so much,as so many.I could never describe well with words what she meant to me. May all your hearts of pain mend and have peace once again. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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Help others.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I called and talked with Willows Husband Russ today. I feel so bad for him. He is sitting there trying to go through all her papers to fill out required paperwork without and electricity. I can't believe they shut it off knowing while she was there that she required electricity for her oxygen. No wonder she had the fluids build up in her lungs until she suffered cardiac arrest. I know Willow tried getting help from agencies, churches anywhere she could think of. Our communities fail the sick, the elderly the needy. When was the last time you took time to help someone. Especially someone not family? When ever I had a few twenties I would send it to her to help with food for her and her animals. I also help those on the corner you need help. If I have cash on me I share . If i have enough for a fast food trip I skip the calories and help feed someone standing out there in the cold instead. I support animals groups and some children's organizations. Have you helped any one lately. If not step up. Give your time, items you aren't using like clothing. It doesn't have to be money . We need to reach out to each other. Our civilization is falling apart. Due something for someone else and you do something for yourself. When Russ goes to his sister in laws he is going to go on Willows page to read about how much we cared.Lets show him how much our spark family cares and spread the caring around. Pass the goodness on!

  
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ENUFF81020 5/25/2011 6:52PM

    I belong to a wonderful church that lives this life--it does more for the downtrodden and needy than most organizations that are receiving pay for this time of work. We are gearing up for our summer feeding program where we give meals to children who cannot eat at school during the summer. People don't have to fill out paperwork or present IDs or be bugged for any proof of need. If you are a child from 0-18, you eat a healthy meal. Anyone can contribute time or resources to this program--and the elderly who often volunteer to sit and be there with the kids get to eat for free as well. I am often proud of my church because of the good work it does because it is right to do so.
It is a long story of doing good and I am glad to be a part of it. It makes it easy to take the next step and just do something for someone. We collect items for the elderly and for new immigrants. We collect things for the inner city school and its students down the street from our church. We have set up groups to work for the rights of the poor and the elderly. I do think that if Jesus were walking down the paved roads in America, that these would be the tasks He would challenge us to do.

You are right, Holly--I think the greatest gift we can give another person is a gift of our time. Being a listener, a friend, a helper, a confidant...is something that can keep a needy spirit to keep on going. We can do this, we just have to try!!

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TRIGFROST 5/23/2011 3:34AM

    I try to give out to others each day......the Bible says...
"what ever you have in your hands...do not w/hold"... (My words)...

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IAM_HIS2 5/22/2011 7:54PM

    Oh, now sad. I sincerely appreciate your blog and the berautiful heart that you have. Thank you so much.

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DISP715 5/22/2011 3:03PM

    I agree. I too would send her something when I could. I remember reading her blog about how she only had the awful holey towels so I sent her some new ones. I think you are right when you talk about helping others. A small gesture or gift can make such a huge difference. Thank you for being such a good friend to her. Sending hugs to you too!

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CAROLIAN 5/22/2011 2:48PM

    I agree there are many that are less fortunate than us. I was brought up to help others that were not as well off as us though we were a family of 7 kids and didnt have a lot but we never turned our backs on anyone that was needy.I really feel for Russ though i never really came accross Willow pages till it was too late,she seemed a well loved lady lol emoticon

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W8WHITTILER 5/22/2011 2:39PM

    I agree, there is not alot of help out there, our church is really stepping up to help the homeless in our area now, we feed them 2 times per month, a nice hot meal and provide clothes and health kits for them as well.
And recently I joined in with another church to help with the same thing at our local Homeless Coalition.
It is so sad to see so many people hurting, and when you see the face of a homeless child your heart just breaks.
I did not know Willow, but it breaks my heart to know that she suffered due to not having electricity! I thought there was a law that stated (in all states) that is there is a medical reason the electric has to be on they cannot shut you off..that may have changed.
My prayers are with her family and all her friends here on Spark, it sounds like you lost a really good friend, just wish I had joined before just so I could know her, she does sound like a very caring and loving person from what I have read in all your blogs and on her page.
I know she is with Our Lord now, and she no longer hurts..
Love to you all!
Patty

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To: WILLOW WINDS

Friday, May 20, 2011

I haven't had to many calls like this and have tried to think of the right words. This morning early my time Russ, Willow Winds husband called me. At 7 a.m. his time she passed away .We weren't able to talk much as each of us was in tears. I did ask for his permission to post her address so you can send cards or donation, flowers or words to help Russ through this horrible time.
The response to my blogs and team letters assures me that I am not the only person to miss this great lady.
Willow Winds
aka Susan Distler
3906 Nichol street
Newportville, PA
19056
Please let Russ know how much we valued her and how much sparks will miss her.

  
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REBELBLITZ 3/16/2012 3:00PM

    Sending prayers to you. I know that Willo Winds will be missed. I can see that she is loved by many. May you find Peace.

In Christ name, Cheryl

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ENUFF81020 5/25/2011 6:42PM

    I'm sorry to hear of this. Although I didn't know her, the outpouring of feelings and caring in her behalf is strong. He positive spirit will stick with those who did know her and the rest of us will just have to understand we missed someone wonderful.

Prayers for those of you who are grieving--and thanks to you for sharing, Holly!!
Sylvia

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SHERRY257 5/24/2011 5:32PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I will get a card in the mail today. I will pray for Russ and family and for you--a good and caring friend.

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TEALADY0531 5/22/2011 9:12AM

    This has hit me hard - she was always a friend - always lifted everyone's spirit's even when she felt so frustrated herself. Thank you so much for letting us know, and posting the address. Russ is in my prayers, and you are in my prayers, my friend! emoticon Susan will be so missed by so many. emoticon

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MIMAWELIZABETH 5/22/2011 2:33AM

    How telling that Willow's last blog told the story of "The Secret"... I hope her DH Russ and her family and friends are comforted by knowing she's in the Hands of God now, no longer limited by the physical, and surely feeling great joy.

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PAULASTRAS 5/22/2011 1:48AM

    a great lady, and friend will be missed.my prayers for russ and family, and friends. she will not be forgotten as her inspiration and encouragement will always be remembered.

love and hugs, paula

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/21/2011 2:32PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Russ for this will be an extremely hard time for him. His special angel has gone home to be with her Lord. She was such a special person and a great inspiration to so very many. My heart is breaking...what a great loss to all those who knew her on SP and at home. Praise the Lord she is suffering no more and is with our Lord.
Prayers and hugs,
Helen

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SPATTERS3 5/21/2011 10:53AM

    This world is a little darker without her bright spirit. She was the epitome of optimistic.

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LADYIRISH317 5/21/2011 10:41AM

    I am so very sorry.

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KJWILSON211 5/21/2011 10:30AM

    She was amazing, she always tried to lift peoples spirits even though her own might have been low. Hers was the first blog I found when I joined sparks I looked forward to reading them everyday, I will miss her, I thank god that he let us share his angel for a time. May he grant her family peace.
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PUDLECRAZY 5/21/2011 9:08AM

    I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to her family.

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MUSIC2HISEARS 5/21/2011 8:51AM

    Thank you for posting the address. She will be missed.

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CHRYS13 5/21/2011 8:48AM

    Thank-you for the address. I'll be sending a card today....

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/21/2011 7:54AM

    She will be greatly missed. She was a true friend to me and many others. I wrote a blog in her memory with a link to yours for address information if anyone wants to send a card. Thanks for posting it.

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RORYLYONS 5/21/2011 4:12AM

    What a huge loss for all of us here at spark. Willow will be missed... Love & prayers for her dh & family. Thank you for letting us know..

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/21/2011 12:45AM

    Thank you so much for posting this & letting us know about the passing of our dear friend and sister/sparker WILLOWWINDS "Susan". My prayers go out to her family & friends... and the spark community who will sadly miss her. emoticon emoticon

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ROSEMARDORF 5/20/2011 11:57PM

  I will miss her greatly!! I already do!! Thank you for letting us know!! emoticon emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 5/20/2011 10:41PM

    Holly, I am so sorry that you have lost your friend. I was not acquainted with her, but with all that's been said here she must have been a wonderful lady. I'm sure she's with her Savior and at peace. I am keeping you, her DH and her family in my prayers. Keep her memory always in your heart.
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KATRINAKAT23 5/20/2011 8:50PM

  Thank you for letting us know. I subscribed to Willow's blogs. I had so much respect for her. She always tried to lift others even though she was going through her own trials. She will be greatly missed.

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CAPER85 5/20/2011 8:17PM

    Sounds like she was a wonderful human being! For sure, she will be missed by her Spark Family. I never knew her but I know she was a good friend to many of you from reading all your posts.

Sorry to hear of her passing. My sincere condolences to her immediate family, friends, her DH & her SparkFamily!

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VAMANOS 5/20/2011 8:15PM

    I haven't been online much today, so was late getting this terrible news from FLYER99. My heart breaks for Russ, who I know will be lost without his dear wife. And for us, because we will no longer have the joy of reading her blogs. Bless you for being a good friend to Russ and Susan both. My card is on its way.

Cheri

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INFLATED 5/20/2011 8:00PM

    If WILLOWWINDS could write us a note, I'm sure she would say, "I'm having a wonderful time, I wish you were here!" She had a great testimony in the midst of great adversity. I am glad she counted me amongst her friends, she blessed me daily with her blogs and encouragement.

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KAYDE53 5/20/2011 7:45PM

    I'm so glad Willow will not have to suffer any more!! She had so many friends here, and we will all miss her so!! Praying for her dh. Thanks for sharing the info! emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 5/20/2011 7:10PM

    She was such as inspiration to all of us. May she rest in the loving arms of her AFather in Heaven

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    emoticon I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. emoticon

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LISAWILLBEFIT 5/20/2011 5:55PM

    I am crying as i write this.I loved her blogsd and was praying for her daily.I will miss her.I will continue to pray for Russ as i know how much she loved him and he loved her.

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GRACEISENUF 5/20/2011 5:06PM

    I will miss her dearly.

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SHERRY666 5/20/2011 4:33PM

    HOW SAD........... I'M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE KNEW HER WELL..... SHE WAS ON MY TEAM...... A WONDERFUL PERSON...... I KNOW SHE HAD BEEN SUFFERING FOR AWHILE....... IT'S GREAT THAT HER HUSBAND GAVE YOU THE ADDRESS......... I'M SURE LOTS OF SPARK MEMBERS WILL BE SENDING CARDS.... THANKS FOR LETTING US KNOW.....

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NATNOEL 5/20/2011 4:10PM

    I was afraid to read your blog. I feel so bad, she seemed like an awesome person. Someone really special. I will definitely send her husband a card. Thank you for the information.

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DISP715 5/20/2011 3:48PM

    Oh, how sad. What a wonderful spirit she was. Thank you for updating us. My prayers to you and to her husband. Thank you for the address.

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DREAMGIRL76 5/20/2011 3:34PM

    Russ, although I did not know your wife here at Spark People I share in the condolences being sent to you this day. May you know that Willow being a member touched many lives. In belonging to groups, writing blogs, we all share a common goal, better health. Nobody understands our struggles than those that walk in our shoes. We laugh together, embrace our smallest of victories, and make friends beyond our imaginations. We don't forget those like your wife that through interact touched our life, inspired us and gave us that one word of hope that helped us to not give up on ourselves.

I know you are hurting and I pray that God will through his grace and our prayers comfort and guide you. Just as others here savor every moment they had with her through this website, you have precious memories as well, and those memories live on. Just as she will live on, in a wonderful place, where she will not suffer or hurt anymore.

Take care Russ and God Bless You for allowing a member here to share of this news so that we might let you know we too are thinking of her and you today.

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MILLISMA 5/20/2011 3:05PM

    My heart sank when I saw your blog. So sorry to hear. She will be dearly missed. Thanks for the information. emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/20/2011 2:24PM

    I was almost afraid to read your blog when I saw your name. I am so sad to hear the news. I will pray for her and Russ. Thank you for the address.

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DEE107 5/20/2011 2:16PM

    oh my goodness hugs and so sorry what happen I know she went off line because of no internet hugs oh my

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/20/2011 1:48PM

    Oh this is a moment I always dread on Spark.I am speechless and just about,am now in tears,she will be missed so much.God has taken her to heaven,she will have eternal life and now she will be in a much better peaceful place and be in no more pain.How is Russ doing? Please tell him our hearts our heavy and sad and wish and send our prayers for his strength and healing from this loss.Oh Holly,how are you doing?I could feel the presence of God when I read about her yesterday worse.A sad day for SPark People,we will miss her and her blogs so much. emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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