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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Farewell Adriana

I've been trying to compose this post in my head for over a week now. No words can do this woman justice.




In the wee hours of Sunday, November 10th, my favourite 97 year old stitcher went to Heaven. I'm not a person of faith but I know Ariana is up in Heaven stitching up a storm. This past Friday we said goodbye.

I am honoured to have known Adriana, been in her presence to call her friend. I've been so lucky to know this woman for the last ten years of my life, and I'm richer for it.



When I first met her I can recall that she was stitching on Aida, that she was too old for linen/evenweave. It didn't take much for us to encourage her to pick up evenweave again. She never gave up evenweave again, because she was "too old". Adriana taught me that age truly is a state of mind, she wasn't 97 years old, she was 97 years young.

She was a woman of deep faith, a lady who always wore a skirt or dress, she was a proper lady, kind to all, never had a bad thing to say. She was graceful and beautiful and would fill a room despite her petite stature. She was loved and we could feel her love for us.



She handled life in stride and with grace.

If I could grow up to be like anyone, I want to grow up to be like Adriana.



- thanks for reading!

32 comments:

Dee said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Adriana sounds like quite a lady.

Lee said...

You have written a lovely tribute to your special friend.

Catherine said...

Such lovely words for your friend...she sounds like an amazing woman and definitely did not look to be 97!!! I think I want to grow up to be like her too...

Gillie said...

Blessings, Dani, I had an American *mum* like that whom I was so blessed by. Sending hugs, a beautiful post.

Justine said...

So sorry to hear of your loss but you were clearly blessed to have had such a friend. I will remember her and those who knew her in my prayers today.

Annette-California said...

Beautiful tribute to to your special friend Dani! Sorry for your loss.
Prayers - love Annette

feather-stitching.com said...

I think you said it perfectly ... and it brought tears to my eyes ... she has always sounded like an amazing woman, and that anyone who knows her is blessed - I'm truly sorry for your loss {{{hugs}}}

Brigitte said...

I remember you mentioning Adriana in your posts whenever there was a get-together and she was present. Your words are a wonderful tribute to her.

cucki said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet friend..
She is a very sweet lady
Big hugs xx

Chris said...

Dani, I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a big part of your stitching group and such an inspiration.

Bette said...

Dani, I'm so sorry for your loss. You were so lucky to have her as a friend. Cherish your memories.

Annie said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend. She looks like she was a sweetie.

Claudette497 said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Vickie said...

It may have taken you a week Dani, but you said it all and beautifully.

Cole said...

Lovely post Dani, I'm so sorry. Sending a hug xo

Anna van Schurman said...

So sorry that you have lost your friend.

Carol said...

What an amazing woman--I'm so sorry for your loss, Dani... I'm sure you will always remember your sweet friend.

Giovanna said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend - I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences to your friend Beatrice and her family.

Lesleyanne said...

Sending my condolences. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman. A beautiful post.

Kielrain said...

I am happy you were able to know a women who sounds so lovely. A hug to you for your loss.

Linda said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend Dani. She sounds like a wonderful person.

Linda

sharine said...

Beautifully saidxx

claudia said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady! I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful friend!

Michelle said...

So sorry for your loss, what a beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend.

Karen said...

Very well said Dani. She sounds like she was a great lady. Very sorry that you have lost your friend.

Sally said...

I am so sorry Dani. It sounds like she was an amazing lady.

♥ Nia said...

Sorry for your loss sweetie :( you wrote a lovely post! Thank you for sharing with us

Melanie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. :(
This post was a great tribute to her. We need more people in the world like her, not less. :(

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Ive read about Adriana on your blog before and admired her.
So sorry her time has come but thank you for introducing her to the wider world. She will be missed.

Karoline said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend

ollie1976 said...

beautiful tribute
-Jen

Julie said...

I've followed this lady and her stitching through your visits with her and your other friends, so sad for you all (hugs) x