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Goodbye to a Reader

Rose Petals The Prudent Homemaker

Marivene is a reader who has commented on my site for years, and I have learned so much from her comments. Because of her, I put a grape leaf in every jar of pickles I make, so that they are crunchy.

In the past, when she has not commented for a couple of weeks, I have always received emails from different readers, asking if she is okay because they have missed her comments.

Her time on this earth is coming to an end.

She says, "I entered hospice care a little over a week ago, & it is moving quickly. I am comfortable and at peace. I have been blessed to understand that it is simply my time to go home. Cancer is simply the vehicle, not the enemy. Knowing that my husband has been granted the same understanding is priceless. I love my Savior, & after 65 years, I have learned that His plan--whatever it is--is always better than mine!"


Marivene Amelia Zohner, we will miss your wisdom. Thank you for all that you have taught us.


Updated from her daughter, Julie, who posted the following message in the comments 10/16:

Hello everyone. I am one of Marivene's daughters. We just wanted to let you all know that she passed away peacefully yesterday morning. She was able to read the comments on this post and shared it with us prior to her passing. She enjoyed being part of your community. We are working on compiling a list of all her posts (there were a lot....), and hope at some future date to be able to provide this to those who may be interested. Thank you so much for allowing her to share her wisdom and appreciating her contributions.

Her funeral will be held on October 20th in Spanish Fork, Utah, for those who would like to attend. Details here.
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  • Alissa D. October 07, 2018

    Oh my. I have missed her comments and have wondered. Thank you for letting us know. Marivene, say hi to our Savior & Father, as well as all our brothers & sisters. Prayers for peace & comfort for family & friends.

  • Charley October 08, 2018

    If she or her family read this, I screen shot her words so that I might remember them again when needed. Her wisdom will be here long after she is not. Brandy, thank you.

  • Susan M. October 08, 2018

    Praying for her and her family!

  • Lorna October 08, 2018

    Thank you Brandy for letting us know both Marivene and her family will be in our prayers at this time. I am glad she is spending time with her loving family.

    I will also remember Marivene for her bucket of weeds and building her walls on her garden beds too bit by bit.

  • Kelly October 08, 2018

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. I enjoy and value all the commenters on your blog, and think of them as helpful as your posts Brandy. She will be in my thoughts today as I will pray for her peaceful and pain free moments.

  • momsav October 08, 2018

    Thank you for sharing, Brandy. My heart is heavy.

  • Jennifer October 08, 2018

    Thank you. I always looked forward to Marivene’s wise and practical words. May her memory be a blessing.

  • AndreaG October 08, 2018

    Thank you for letting us know. This is a lovely site when we make the folks who comment here our friends and feel their pain and triumph. I will pray for Marivene and her family as they spend their last time together on this earth.

  • http://Melonie K. October 08, 2018

    I hope she or her husband see this post and comments and feel thr love. I'm so sorry to see this news but love the peace she shared. Marivene taught much through her comments here.

  • Sierra Moxley October 08, 2018

    I’ve always enjoyed her comments. She will be missed.

  • Marion October 08, 2018

    I have read the comments for many years and not made a comment of my own . I love this blog because Brandy is such a loving and positive person. I get so much more out of reading the wonderful comments everyone makes than how to economize, so many of the readers are going through life with that same loving and kind heart.
    Blessings to Marivene and her family. Blessings to each and everyone of you. Thank you .

  • Marybeth October 08, 2018

    God bless Marivene and her family at this time. They are all in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you Brandy for letting us know. She will be missed.

  • Natalie D October 08, 2018

    I’ve enjoyed her comments. My prayers are with you Marivene. God Bless.

  • Elizabeth M. October 08, 2018

    Marivene, I've enjoyed so many of your posts and will miss you as part of this community. I am glad that you are at peace with this and thank you for all your friendship to us on this blog.

  • Mary in AZ October 08, 2018

    Oh I ask sad to read this! God bless Marivene and her family during this difficult time. You will be remembered by many.

  • Ruth October 08, 2018

    Brandy, thank you for sharing this. I'm thinking of Marivene and her family. Her final comments of peace and acceptance were an encouragement and blessing to me as my husband is in hospice care after a 10-year battle with cancer.

  • Lori @ Myvintagewhimsy October 08, 2018

    I've always enjoyed reading Marivene's comments over the years, as I do each and every one of your followers who share such helpful information for us frugally minded folks. I'm praying peace for her and her family as she transitions to her heavenly home. How wonderful is it to know that when our time on earth is over, we have a kingdom to go home to? I know we will all miss her here on earth but will rejoice in knowing that she will no longer suffer and will be in the presence of our Lord.

  • Mandy October 08, 2018

    I have loved reading Marivene's posts and found so much wisdom and inspiration in them. I will miss you, Marivene, and pray for peace, light, and love for you and your family.

  • Marie October 08, 2018

    So very sad. I was always surprised when she didn't comment, it never occurred to me that she was ill. I witnessed some horrible deaths...I am happy to hear that hers should be peaceful and surrounded by family.

  • Diana H October 08, 2018

    Sending prayers for Marivene and her family during this time. May she continue to have peace and comfort.

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