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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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  • Kaye Byerly October 08, 2018

    May her journey be easy and her family comforted. Your tribute says so much about her and you too. Thank you. I needed to see this today.

  • Rhonda A. October 08, 2018

    Marivene, thank you so much for blessing us with your incredible wisdom for so many years. You will be very missed by this community. Thank you kindly, Brandy, for letting us all know.

  • Megan B October 08, 2018

    I was so afraid that your post was about Marivene when I saw the title (I’ve always worried when there was a break in her posts). This breaks my heart. She and her family will be in my thoughts. I’m sure they know, but if they read this - Please know what a blessing she is to our community and thank you for sharing her with us. You will be missed.

  • Patsy Bingley October 08, 2018

    Oh dear, I'm so sad at learning this. I've loved reading Marivene's comments and her energy and love for her family. I too pray that she meets her Lord with gladness. Please let her know that she has touched so many lives with her comments.

  • Laura October 08, 2018

    That was a lovely tribute Brandy. Thanks for letting us know.

  • Florrie October 08, 2018

    Oh gosh. So sad to hear this. Marivene's wisdom has helped us in so many ways. I, too, have learned from her to tackle weed pulling just one bucket at a time. Until then, it was a dreadful, overwhelming task. Thank you, Marivene!

    Thank you, Brandy, for letting us know and for mentioning her full name. I pray for her smooth and comfortable passing, and for her safe journey to her destination. Also, praying for strength for her family during this very difficult time.

  • Florrie October 08, 2018

    Oh gosh. So sad to hear this. Marivene's wisdom has helped us in so many ways. I, too, have learned from her to tackle weed pulling just one bucket at a time. Until then, it was a dreadful, overwhelming task. Thank you, Marivene!

    Thank you, Brandy, for letting us know and for mentioning her full name. I pray for her smooth and comfortable passing, and for her safe journey to her destination. Also, praying for strength for her family during this very difficult time.

  • Stacey October 08, 2018

    Thanks Brandy. My daughter and I had a good cry at breakfast. We've never met Marivene but her comments have always meant so much to us. 65 is so young, and her thoughts about learning that God's plan is always best really hit home. I often struggle with learning that myself. She will be missed.

  • Kim October 08, 2018

    What a beautiful way to view cancer and death. I pray that I have this sort of grace and dignity when it's my time. Praying for Marivene and her family. Thank you for sharing.

  • Libby October 08, 2018

    Thank you Marivene for sharing so much of your knowledge and wisdom with us over the years. I've also loved reading your comments.

    Sending prayers to you and your family.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. October 08, 2018

    Thank you, Brandy, for letting us know. I always learned something new and interesting from Marivene's posts. I will miss hearing from her. I'll be keeping her and her family in my prayers. May God fill them all with His peace.

  • Mary Ellen October 08, 2018

    I join the rest in praying that Marivene has a peaceful passing and that her family find comfort in knowing she will be free of pain and suffering.

    I learned much from her and will miss her posts.

  • Pauline in Upstate NY October 08, 2018

    Dear Marivene, I’ll add my voice to the chorus of thanks and appreciation for all of the wisdom you have shared over many years as part of this blog “family.” Peace be with you, my friend, and with your family. May the rest of your journey be gentle.

  • Becky @ Becky's Place October 08, 2018

    I am sorry to read this this afternoon. Thank you for sharing, Brandy. Marivene, you and your husband are in my thoughts.

  • Wendy October 08, 2018

    Bless her soul. Much love.

  • Jill October 08, 2018

    Thank you Brandy for writing this post and updating us. I always looked for Marivene's comments because I always learned something from her. Marivene's family, it was evident how much she loved all of you, especially the grandchildren. Praying for Marivene and her family.

  • Juls Owings October 08, 2018

    May blessings and strength be with her and hers... we shall miss her wisdom. I too put a grape leaf in my pickles because of her.

  • D in Moneta October 08, 2018

    Brandy thank you for letting us know. I always read everyone's posts but rarely comment. I will miss Marivene's kind words and wisdom. Your blog has created a wonderful online community.

  • Lillianna October 08, 2018

    Just can't post. Too many tears.. was so touched by her posts.

  • Lynn from NC Outer Banks October 08, 2018

    Oh Brandy, thank you for sharing this, although it is heartbreaking news. I, like everyone else, have learned so much from Marivene through all these years and will miss her posts. She has imparted such wisdom in many areas, and there is great wisdom in this, her last message, as well. Her calm and peace are great blessings. I am praying that her transition to her next life will be an easy one with strength for her husband and family. It is a testament to this wonderful blog and all its gentle readers that I am weeping for a person I never met.

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