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#13 Jeanie Wallace 2011-04-02 04:43
Sorry, I thought the site would automatically identify me. That last comment was mine.
Jeanie Wallace
#12 Jeanie Wallace 2011-04-02 04:42
A am soooo sorry to hear this news. Josie and I met in the 5th grade, and were good friends. We lived just a couple of miles from each other, in the country outside Morgan Hill. Our lives went in different directions after high school, and we lost track of each other eventually. We just reconnected on facebook a couple of months ago, so I am thankful for that. We still had quite a bit in common, and I would have liked very much to have gotten to visit with her in the years to come. My heart goes out to her family and current friends. I hope you all have a lovely time today.
#11 Beverly Heckford 2011-03-30 11:23
My daughter Josie, my first precious child...When she was very young, she started saving her
money. I remember the day when she first spent that money. It was her own idea. She did not
buy anything for herself as most children do, but bought black patent shoes for her sister, Judie.
She was a gregarious girl and generous with her whole essence to everyone. She loved learning
and was reading the holy scriptures by her own choice at the age of six. When she was not much
older, Santa Clara county’s San Jose Mercury published a front page photo of her knitting while
attending a school function. She was always busy doing something beneficial. I remember the
first essay she wrote, not for school, but just because she loved writing. She was around thirteen
years old. Several of my friends were at my home that day. Her writing was so powerfully
presented that it put tears in the eyes of all who read it. Saddly the first time I heard the
comment, “When life gives you lemons; make lemonade.” it was from Josie. Life was not
always the great world I had hoped she would have, so she made “ lemonade...She became all
that I prayed she would be...
Neola Mace
#10 Neola Mace 2011-03-30 08:13
Can anyone give some specific information about where we will be meeting in Balboa Park on Saturday? Balboa Park is kind of a big place.
Neola Mace
#9 Neola Mace 2011-03-30 08:11
I am devastated. It was just February when we were talking and laughing together. When we hugged goodbye, I had no idea it would be for the last time.

Josie brought beauty and culture and an international perspective into my life. She was brilliant and talented and kind and wonderful and so funny. I remember her best as having a big smile after making a witty remark.

This is such a big loss for me and for the world. She meant so much to me and to everyone around her.
#8 Diana Lovejoy 2011-03-28 17:30
I am heartbroken to hear this news, but I will remember Josie fondly.

I had the good fortune to work with Josie for several years...and she became a caring friend. She was bright, real, thoughtful, artistic. I also got to talk with her just before her tumor was removed. She was remarkably upbeat, and I so enjoyed connecting with her. Beautiful, colorful Josie. May she be surrounded always with light, color, music, and love.
#7 Judie Gruber 2011-03-26 12:51
We have all lost two very special family members very close together and are all hurting deeply. This is new to our family. It's been a long time thankfully; to have to lose some of our loved ones.
Unfortunately, there are things never said, or done that should have been, calls we meant to make and never did, thinking we had time; that makes the hurt even stronger.
There are things that have happened or been said, that are unexpected and sad, but endearing, and wonderful that tug hard at our hearts.
One example I heard today for the first time was about how the week in which our Dad passed away, Dad asked Jerry if he would hold him as he thought he was going to die that day. Jerry had the wonderful opportunity to do just that. I am so very thankful that Jerry was there to comfort our dad, and for Joan, who was able to have him in her house and help nurse him with Jerry's help the last couple of months. I am also thankful for those that were able to talk with our sister Josie, just days before she left us so that she new she was loved.
I just wish I had not been so busy with other things, not realizing how much time had passed since talking with Josie, or my dad. I have missed so much, but it did not have to be that way. We need to let our loved ones know how much we care before they leave us; wrestling with deep regrets that will be with us forever.
Life is too short and we never know when we will lose our loved ones.
I miss my dad and my sister very very much, and can't wait for the time we will be reunited in heaven.
#6 Rose Mireya 2011-03-22 11:59
Sleeping at last, the trouble and tumult over,
Sleeping at last, the struggle and horror past,
Cold and white, out of sight of friend and of lover,
Sleeping at last.

No more a tired heart downcast or overcast,
No more pangs that wring or shifting fears that hover,
Sleeping at last in a dreamless sleep locked fast.

Fast asleep. Singing birds in their leafy cover
Cannot wake her, nor shake her the gusty blast.
Under the purple thyme and the purple clover
Sleeping at last.

~ Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
#5 Lori Tacelli Hart 2011-03-22 10:51
Amber heard the sad news today and want you to know that I'm throwing you a big hug right now! My prayers are with you and your family.
#4 Abigail 2011-03-22 10:29
Amber God has called another one of His Children home to be with Him. I pray for you and your family to stay strong in this hard time. Nothing OR NO ONE can replace your mother. Remember her and keep her alive in your spirit and heart. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed.

My LOVE out to you and your family.

Aunt Abby

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