Marianna's Sunflowers

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Last Christmas, Joe's SIL, Marianna, lost her battle with lung cancer. (Photo of her on my page)

She never smoked; never lived with a smoker. No one in her family ever had lung cancer.

At the memorial service, packets of sunflower seeds were handed out. Marianna was a Master Gardner, (just one of her many talents) and the sunflower was her favorite. She planted a lot of them at her home. Her garden club facilitated that giveaway of sunflower seeds. I'd never heard of anything like that being done, but it is such a wonderful way to remember someone!

Needless to say, Joe and I planted sunflower seeds in our yards. Mine are blooming now and it is indeed a wonderful reminder of a sweet, gentle person, every time I walk out into the yard.

Seeing it makes me smile, just the way I smile whenever I think of Marianna.

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  • DGAIL51
    So fitting a tribute - a piece of cheerfulness to bring you happy memories. emoticon
    2855 days ago
  • IWILLBE145
    It is a beautiful tribute to plant a living thing in memory of a loved one, and the Sunflower is a great choice, it blooms with such a huge, sunny face, and the birds love the seeds, and you can replant the seeds every year. Thanks for sharing such a touching story.

    2860 days ago
  • JENNY888
    What a great way to remember memories of the past than with a cheery sunflower. I know Marianna is somewhere looking at all of the beautiful sunflowers planted in her honor.
    2861 days ago
    What a lovely tribute. Nothing brings cheer quite like a sunflower.
    2862 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    A beautiful tribute to Marianna and a wonderful way for you to remember all the good times.
    2862 days ago
    I remember your blog about Marianna too. This is a sweet way to remember her. The Sunflower is beautiful.
    2863 days ago
    She sounds like someone I would have loved to know. My husband and I love sunflowers too. It's nice that you and she had such a good relationship.
    2863 days ago
    I remember your blog and the story of the sunflowers. Now that they are blooming what a wonderful remembrance to see everyday.
    2863 days ago
  • SHASTA11
    Sorry for your loss.

    Beautiful picture for a beautiful lady.

    2863 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    My sister in law is fighting the same battle. She is such a sweet woman (NEVER smoked or lived around smokers), so it is a puzzle. I guess the non-smoking lung cancer is even more deadly. She's fighting a good fight.

    The sunflower is such a wonderful memorial!

    2863 days ago
    Of course, the sunflower is beautiful, but what a sweet way to remember a loved one.
    She must have been a special person.
    I know you miss her.

    2863 days ago
  • JUSTJO66
    This is a beautiful picture and a wonderful tribute to Marianna. When my dad passed away we all planted a tree (a pear) in my Mother's front yard. Like you with the sunflowers...I love to see the changes his tree goes thru every year....the white blooms every spring, the beautiful colored leaves in the fall. Just knowing it's out there "growing and alive" is a soul inspiring reminder of my dad.
    2863 days ago
    What a beautiful thing to do.......Tis blog caught my eye because my daughter just loves sunflowers. I have a packet in the garage and will make an effort to get mine going to continue the memorial to all sunflower lovers. emoticon
    2863 days ago
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