Farewell, JoanneDorel. Thanks for what you brought us.

Merry Andrew
Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 05:58 pm
There are no words except to say that I truly feel your pain, David.

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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 05:58 pm
Jesus Christ!! She was so sweet and had so much to share.

I knew she'd tapered off quite a bit, but I'd seen her peek in recently and never knew she was having such a horrible problem.

I am so sorry. This is horrible. Jesus Christ. Will NO ONE please be so depressed and not tell everyone?? Don't anyone else let those who cared about you say wonderful things about you to each other after you're gone.


David-- Bless your heart. I am so sorry.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:07 pm
Oh my gosh! I am so sorry!
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:13 pm
Words elude me.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:19 pm
Joanne, peace be with you.
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Region Philbis
Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:19 pm
me as well...
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:35 pm
Words are very hard to come by at the moment, but I'll try.

Thanks for letting us know, David. I do hope you'll come back here and read about all the people who cared for Joanne. She was one of a kind.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:36 pm
Yes, peace.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:49 pm
The Parting Glass

Of all the money ere I had, I spent it in good company,
And all the harm I've ever done, alas was done to none but me
and all I've done for want of wit, to memory now I can't recall
so fill me to the parting glass, goodnight and joy be with you all.

Of all the comrades ere I had, they're sorry for my going away,
and all the sweethearts ere I had , they wish me one more day to stay,
but since it falls unto my lot that I should go and you should not,
I'll gently rise and softly call, goodnight and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend and leisure time to sit awhile
there is a fair maid in this town who sorely has my heart beguiled
Her rosey cheeks and ruby lips, I alone she has my heart in thrall
so fill me to the parting glass goodnight and joy be with you all.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 06:59 pm
I have been wanting to go reread some of her posts.. so many of them have been happy, so many have sparked good conversation, so many of them have been hope filled.

I have this odd-for-me, who is usually comfortable with silence around my house, need to see what music she liked and see if I have any of it to put on my cd player loud. Or soft, depending on what it is..

Back in a bit.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 07:10 pm
I am so sad tonight to learn about this. She was one of the pillars of A2K.
My deepest condolences to her family.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 07:26 pm
Don't even know what to say. I'm so stunned and saddened by this news.

I still come across Cav posts that bring tears to my eyes. I know it will be the same with Joanne. I will miss her very much.

Thank you, David. My heart goes out to you.
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Bi-Polar Bear
Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 07:55 pm
don't know what to say. terrible.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 08:18 pm
I wish I could be articulate. I wish there was a way to get it all across. Is there a way to speak of this without sorrow? I don't think so.

For those who do not know, Joanne was our 104th member. Her account dates from November 5th of 2002, before we started actively advertising on Google. But she was actually here before even that. She posted as a guest a few times, before Craven tweaked the settings so that guests could not post. Here is a post from then, http://www.able2know.com/forums//viewtopic.php?p=73#73 The date is September 15th of 2002. I am guessing that that is the only post that remains from her posting as a guest.

To give you an idea about A2K on September 15th of 2002, there were exactly 10 accounts. Two were administrative-type accounts (Administrator and Moderator), two were Craven and me, one was Craven's brother, one or two were students of Craven's in Brazil, and the remainder were ehBeth, Rae and Phoenix32890. Most of the first 100 or so posts were tests of the site's features. But there were also a few where we welcomed one another. And Joanne was there.

And there was before A2K, Abuzz, and she was there, too, in the thick of things, always with a kind word. I have known her since I opened my account on Abuzz; that was just before Halloween 2000. So I have known her for nearly 5 years. Others here have probably known her longer, as she was a veteran on Abuzz by the time I joined that site. Five years, maybe six? That's a lifetime, and not just online.

There's a big Joanne-shaped hole. And it can't be filled. So I think the thing to do is, it's the only thing to do. Throw your arms around the rest of A2K. Everyone. No exceptions. She was one of our own. That is all, I suppose, anyone can say, I wish there was more, I wish there was a better way to convey it, but maybe there isn't maybe that's enough.

She was one of our own. And in our hearts, she always will be.

Love and godspeed, click your heels three times. Good night, sweet princess.
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Stray Cat
Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 08:21 pm
I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out you.

I'm hoping and wishing that you have a lot of people around you to give you the love and support you need.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 08:31 pm
Her family's loss is great and we sympathize.

As Jespah said,

She was one of our own

and we mourn deeply.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 08:59 pm
David, you have our condolences and deepest sympathy. Thank you for sharing this awful news; it must have been terrible for you. Please know that we appreciate the strength and love it took for you to come here with a message of such great loss.

She was one of a kind with so much to give, yet with so much to overcome. I'm immensely sad that her pain proved to be larger than her ability to cope.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 09:01 pm
That was a very nice eulogy, jespah.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 09:15 pm
Oh, no. Not Joanne!

I am dumbstruck at David's courage to come here and tell us what happened so soon after the fact. I once lost someone dear to me this way, and I couldn't talk to people for several days.

You evidently have a great deal of strength, David. That is good. You will need it to get through the days ahead. If I can offer you any advice to help you get through the coming storm, it would be this. You don't owe anyone an explanation. You don't have to say anything at all if you don't feel like it. Guard your privacy for as long as you want. It takes time to heal. Treat yourself gently.

Godspeed, Joanne. I'm sorry we never managed to meet face to face. Perhaps one day we will. Thank you for brightening my days. You were one of a kind.
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2005 09:29 pm
I loved it when JoanneD joined the Red Hat Society, and reported on the giggles here


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph
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