Saturday, March 27, 2010

the loss of a dear friend.............

I have tried several different times to find the words to make this post. I have pondered back and forth as to what I should say and finally decided on this.

Some of you already know that we have lost a beloved friend and fellow blogger...... Retha, from A Window To The Past Blog and (the now closed web site) Cinnamon Creek Primitives was murdered this week.

I can't find the words to describe how I feel. Such a huge shock for all of us who knew her. Her husband has been charged and is in jail with no bond. She was a dear friend that Deb (Carolina Peddler) and I shared a booth with last year in Greensboro. Plus it was more than that, we were friends. I'll never forget her ringing my doorbell with arms full of projects and that dang bottle of Diet Mountain Dew she always carried with her. She used to come over often and we would "craft" together, work on our sites together and share ideas. I hadn't seen much of her in the past year, as she had gone back to school to be a nurse. But we talked on the phone when she had time. It seemed to me as if she was finally getting what she wanted out of life and the last couple of times we spoke she was happy with how things were going.

There's not anything more that I can say... but I will miss her terribly.

Bye Retha, until we meet again .......................

32 comments:

Janice Hough said...

Shari, I am so sorry. I watched this story on the news but I did not know at the time who it was. Now i know. I truly feel your pain. I will pray for everyone who loved her but always know that she is in Heaven now and nobody can hurt again. Love, Janice Hough Amy Lynn's Creations

denise said...

OMG,THAT IS HORRIBLE. I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FRIEND. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. DENISE

The Crafty Crow said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I am a new blogger, Retha sounds like a beautiful person that I would have loved to know, I will say a prayer for all those around her and know that she is at peace in heaven.

Blessings,
~Ronda~

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Shari,
I was speechless when I heard about this. I am soooo extrememly sorry about your friend. She certainly didn't deserve such an awful sad ending to her life.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and her loved ones.
Beth

LeeHillPrimitives said...

OMG!!! I am so sorry for your lost. That news are horrible. My thoughts are with you.

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

I'm so sorry for loss of your friend, Retha...I was sickened when I heard about this...
She's in heaven now and will no nothing but joy & peace, now & forever.
She'll always be in your heart....
hugs & prayers

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh my gosh I am in total shock..I knew her way back when I first started blogging..I purchased her stencils when she decided to sell the business to go back to nursing school..I just can't believe that she was murdered..I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and a good friend to many..

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

This is horrific....I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. May you find comfort knowing that she is in Heaven...and she shall never feel pain again.
Hugs,
Lynn

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I am in shock...I've been blogging for 2 years now and somehow I remember her name, I'm so sorry Shari, so horrible, my prayers are with you both!

Rondell

Julie said...

This makes me so heart sick-I am sooo
sorry Shari. Here is a great big bear hug for you and caring thoughts

Take care

aunteegem@yahoo.com

Sheila said...

I am terribly saddened to hear of this tragic death of a dear friend to so many.
May she rest in peace.

Farmhouse prims said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I am new to blogging and didn't know her. It sounds like you were very lucky and privilidged to have had her for a friend. I will keep you in my prayers as well as all the families involved in this horrible tragedy.

Pieced Pastimes said...

My deepest sympathies to you over the tragic loss of your friend. May you be comforted knowing that she is in a beautiful place now.

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

I am so very sorry for the tragic loss of you dear frend. Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way!!

Rocking Chair Stitches said...

I am so saddened to see yet another victim of domestic violence ....a beautiful woman. I work with domestic violence and divorced women and I saddened each and every time I see this. My prayers are with you, her family but most of all her....

Debbie said...

I am so shocked to hear this and so sorry for your loss Shari. *hugs* I had enjoyed her blog when she was posting and even purchased some paint books from her. I am saying a prayer for her and everyone who's life she touched.

Debbie

Craftyperson said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend...Sending thoughts and prayers your way...
Take care,
Prim hugs,
Trena

Brandi said...

It is really such a small world. My friend and I live in Okinawa Japan. She and Retha were friends as well. She had not heard from here in awhile, since shortly after she went back to nursing school. I came upon your blog tonight and read your post. It sent chills down my spine! I called her right away. She has emails from Retha about her issues she was having with her husband. I wont go into detail. You might already know. I have told her she might want to turn them over to the authorities in N.C. I am so sorry about your loss. It is such a deeply sad thing to loose a dear friend. You and Retha's family will be in my prayers. May she rest in peace. God Bless You, Brandi

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Shari, I'm SO sorry for your loss! I haven't been in touch with you lately, but heard from Betty about what happened to Retha. I know how close you two were and my heart breaks for you, and for her family. Hugs, my friend.

Brenda said...

I am so sorry Shari! I recall hearing her name before in blogland. This is just horrible! My thoughts and prayers to you and her family!

Brenda

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Seems like all the good ones get taken way too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hugs,
Donna

Farm Field Primitives said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Some things in life just never make sense. Take comfort she is in heaven now and she is still with you. You are in my prayers.
~Melissa~

At Home With Amy said...

Shari I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Words cannot express how bad I feel hearing this. No one deserves to have their life taken from them. I will be praying for Retha's family and for you as well.
Put this in Gods hands. He is in control of the situation now.
Warm hugs,
AMY

Lynn said...

Shari, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, Retha. I also saw this on our news but didn't know who she was..

My thoughts and prayers are with you..

Blessings,
~Lynn

Diane B said...

I'm truly sharing in your pain Shari, I remember all the many many telephone conversations with retha, she would always end the calls with ok luv yoooooooooo bye... Our trip to chicago to meet up with her for the weekend, I have so many many special memories of retha and as long as I live I will never forget her or how she touched my life. Until we meet again retha adios

Sandy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer go out to you and her family.

~Judy~ said...

Shari, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Keep praying for her.

Judy

Angie Berry said...

Oh Shari, I am so very sorry! I can't imagine how you, her family and friends feel. So tragic to hear this. I will be praying for all. God is still in control of all, look to Him for peace that only He can give. A big hug to you girl, love you!

Beth at Mehitable Puddington's Cupboard said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Shari.
You have said such nice things here, the world has lost a dear person.
*huge hug*
Beth

In His service, Anne said...

Oh my..I had no Idea!! She and I were followers of each others blogs!! I remember when she started hers, then changed it. Wow this is awful. Prayers going out to her family and friends.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

OMGosh Shari, I am so terribly sorry and how horrible that it was by someone elses hands...THIS IS UNTHINKABLE...Please know I'm with you in our grief and praying.
Hugs, Karen

Coco-san said...

Hi Shari~

Retha "commissioned" you to make some prim wooden stars and pumpkins for me a few years ago. I met her through her old website Cinnamon Creek Primitives and we got to talking on my 1st order and became fast phone pals. We would talk several times a month for hours~ God she cracked me up about her puppy and how she ruled the roost~ Her Christmas tree still up in the middle of June....I believe she was even talking about a contest to see who would come the closest on when it was going to be taken down.

I know she got extremely busy within the past year with her school. She was so proud of herself....like a kid on a new adventure. I still cannot believe that this has happened. I don't understand it. I look all over my house and I have dozens of things that she made that remind me of her. I will miss her and I pray you find peace and believe that she is in God's arms. God Bless~~Colleen~