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To Margaret, With Love

Friday, February 12, 2010

I was making the Red Roses quilt for my friend, Margaret. Let me tell you about her.

Margaret is a vivacious, 40-50ish lovely woman who is director and founder of "Sherry's House" in Massachusetts. she heads up the "Why Me?" program.

Sherry's House is a wonderful, God inspired place where families with children who have cancer stay and get loved on when the kids have medical appointments back to back days, but don't have to be in hospital.

Margaret loves "her" kids. She plays with them, holds them, sings to them, rocks them and feeds them. She has been completely devoted to these kids and the cause.

Margaret has been a huge venue for Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers. She has faithfully given out the quilts to the kids, and has always let me know when she is running short of them.

I love Margaret.

Margaret is one of the friends you get whom you just know will live forever, because she is always "there" for all of us. With her bright attitude, sunny disposition, laughter and humor, Margaret will always be there. Right? I mean, she has touched so very many lives, and made scary things disappear for a whole lot of people.

Margaret is very much loved and respected. Margaret is always right THERE for all of us in more ways than can be counted. We know we will always have Margaret to lean on.

It doesn't look like that is going to happen.

Margaret has cancer. She has stage 4 cancer in her liver, and has cancer in her pancreas. Margaret is going Home.

I wanted to make her a big bed quilt of roses, but I just learned that her liver has gone into stage 4. No time to make such a quilt and get it to her before she goes.

Plans change, and so do the quilts I work on. I wish you could see "Rainbows for Queen Margaret" in person. It is really much more beautiful that the photos show.

I will be mailing it out this evening. I am sure I will cry when I drop it in the box, and my heart will be very heavy and sad.

Yes, Margaret will leave a huge gap when she leaves. None whom she has touched will ever forget her. Margaret will live in our hearts, in that special place we keep just for people like her.

We are all richer for having had Margaret in this world. I think of Margaret suffering with cancer, and I ask "Why Margaret?" I am sure Margaret has asked "Why Me?" as well.

But knowing this wonderful woman, I am sure her answer is "Why NOT me?"

If you want more information about Sherry's house, you can find it on the internet. Also you can find information about Why Me.
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    Tears. Your gift of time, and talent are precious.... friends with cancer... so hard ... blessings on you for your sweet ministry of nimble fingers. emoticon
    3014 days ago
    What a great tribute to your friend. Lasting memories.
    3018 days ago
  • KIMIKO75
    God bless you and bless Margaret. I am sure that God has a special place saved for her with Him. You are blessed to have known her and we are blessed to have you.
    3019 days ago
  • AMYJEAN911
    emoticon I'm so sorry for you.
    3020 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this story and for sharing the photos. It is very sad and I'm sorry that you will be saying good-by to her.
    3020 days ago
    OMG, You are so blessed to know this wonderful, couragious woman and she you......
    I'm sure that you'll keep her alive in your heart as you go about making more quilts for "Why Me" and Sherry's House. What a blessing even though it's heartbreaking to say the least. emoticon
    3020 days ago
    Margret sounds like a beautiful person and an inspiration to those with whom she touched. This world will surely miss her.
    Good wishes for you in this troubling time.
    3020 days ago
    What a beautiful quilt. I'm so sorry that Margaret has to go through this. It's an awful thing this cancer. It takes too many lives. No matter what age. You are so lucky to have this special lady in your life. emoticon
    3020 days ago
    My heart is aching as I read your words, so lovingly written about someone very dear to you. Margaret will leave a huge void when she leaves all those who love her. I know there is a long list of people who have appreciated her selfless acts of kindness.

    Your beautiful quilt has been made with so much love, and I know she will cherish all that it represents. May you have a little comfort in knowing your gift will bring her much joy.

    3021 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder. I've had a few such people in my life. I'm learning to recognize them before they are gone.
    3021 days ago
    A beautiful quilt for a beautiful lady! Thank you for telling us about Margaret.
    3021 days ago
    I'm really sorry about your friend. :(

    Your quilt is beautiful & I'm sure she'll love it.
    3021 days ago
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