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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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  • Kandace October 08, 2018

    Brandy, Thank you for letting us know about Marivene. I've been reading your blog for years and if I don't have time to read all the comments, I would scroll through them until I found hers. I've missed them the past few weeks. I thought perhaps she was with 'Lil Stuff.

    She will be in my prayers and I will continue to pray for you and your family.

    Thank you again for letting us know.

  • Heather October 08, 2018

    Oh, sweet Marivene! I envision you being enfolded in the loving arms of Jesus as he greets you on you arrival. Thank you for all you wise comments. Every week I searced for your comments, often going page by page to make sure I didn't miss them.

  • Jenny October 09, 2018

    I will miss Marivene, both her good sense and her humor.

  • Jen@FrugalSteppingStones October 09, 2018

    Marivene, I hope your transition is painless and peaceful. I, like many other commenters, have followed your advice to pull a bucket of weeds at a time. It's advice that could be generalized to just about any unpleasant task. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  • Patricia from Canada October 09, 2018

    Oh, how sad! I too am a new commenter here, but have read your blog for a few years, and have come across Marivene's comments. Like others, I've wondered "where she went"? But now we know as you've been thoughtful to inform your readers what has happened. Blessings to Marivene and family - lean into the Saviour's arms and find your peace.

  • SJ in Vancouver BC Canada October 09, 2018

    I saw your post on Facebook and knew the post here would be about Marivene. Thank-you so much for letting us know. I too would look for her comments and felt a connection with her. Once again, the community you have built here, Brandy, is amazing and so touches me to the heart.
    One of my favorite comments from Marivene was how most of her long term storage for milk was in the form of hot chocolate mix. Or something to that effect. I will often think of her when I make a cup of cocoa.
    I also send prayers for her and her loved ones.

  • Sara October 09, 2018

    Is there a way to search comments for a collection of Marivene's helpful comments? I couldn't find them using the search function and would love to read her comments.

  • I can't even do it on the back end of the website, unfortunately.

  • Cindy in the South October 09, 2018

    Prayers for Marivene and her family

  • Heather October 09, 2018

    Brandy, Could you ever do one post that is simply all of Marivene's comments? I would so love to have them all in one place and it would honor her too. I hope you can, but not if it is too much trouble for you.

  • I would have to search hundreds of thousands of comments by hand, just in the same manner that you would. It would be a huge ordeal, so unfortunately, I cannot.

  • Heather October 09, 2018

    Thanks for the reply. I didn't know if you had an easier way that we do, but none of us want to add to your work load!!!

  • Athanasia October 09, 2018

    Brandy, thank you for sharing this sad news. I always enjoyed Marivene's posts...hearing what comes in and out the the "cubby", her holiday decorations, ripening fruit, trips back and forth to care for family, her many finds at the thrift shop, to mention just a few. As many mentioned she proved that much can be accomplished by doing it bit by bit...break a daunting project into smaller pieces. We will be praying for Marivene and her family.

  • S. CO Mary October 09, 2018

    I too was in tears when I read this news. Marivene was one of the commentators that I remember from my first days of reading Brandy's blog. She always exhibited steadfast wisdom in her comments. As many others have mentioned I now think of tasks that seem overwhelming as "just one bucket" tasks. Her deep love of her family was so evident. Rest in eternal peace.

  • gabrielle October 10, 2018

    Oh Brandy...I'm so sad to hear this. I always enjoyed her comments. I hope her passing is peaceful and pain-free. Thank you for telling us.

  • Krissy in Sacramento October 11, 2018

    If you are seeing this, Marivene, thank you for the many, many posts you’ve posted on Brandy’s site. I always looked forward to reading them. Much love to you and strength to your family.

  • cathy October 12, 2018

    Brandy, thank you for letting us know.
    I've always enjoyed Marivene's comments and, like many others, went out of my way to look for them. She always seemed to have so much going on at her house, in her garden. Enjoyed hearing about her ever-expanding orchard, setting (yet more) Lodgestones, and her no-nonsense approach to life. Since I also live along the Wasatch Front, I've appreciated her gardening wisdom for our similar climates. And as a huge coffee drinker myself (and assumed Marivene abstained), it has always made me smile when she's mentioned stopping by Starbucks to pick up another bag of Grounds for Gardeners.
    Thank you, Marivene. Go in peace.

  • Linda Higgy October 13, 2018

    I have feared this was the case and am so sad to be correct. I have often used the words "blog friend" when describing many whose comments and wisdom I have shared with other friends. It is time to drop the "blog" from this description. Dearest Marivene has been a friend for years, someone whose wisdom and knowledge I learn from and whose love of family warms my heart. Your family will go on knowing the love you have given and the strength you carry with you. You will be missed, friend, but I look forward to meeting you in our eternal home. Gods arms are open and waiting to gather you home.

  • lizajane October 14, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this information with us. It was always a pleasure to read her comments. I hope you are able to pass along these comments to her family at some point. I'm sure it will bring them some joy to read all these comments praising her from the online family of readers.

  • Mary Rose October 14, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this update. I found your blog many years ago. I love reading your accomplishment each week and I found myself just as excited about everyone else’s accomplishments. Marivene’s accomplishments I would search for - I loved reading about her coffee grounds hunt and her garden. This news is very sad. I think about her children and grandchildren. I hope she finds her peace.

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