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REMEMBERING TOOTIE

St. Jean Beach, St. Bart with Susie and Richard

St. Jean Beach, St. Bart with Susie and Richard

Today we lost a beloved family member, Kent’s sister, Susie, known to family as “Tootie”.  She died much too young from cancer, having just reached her 67th birthday last month on April 15th.  She leaves a legacy of children and grandchildren,  a husband who adored her and an amazing perennial garden having spent her few “retirement years” becoming a master gardener.

 

We will miss your smile, Tootie

We will miss your smile, Tootie

We were blessed to spend several days with her in late March before we left for Croatia before her illness overwhelmed her.  We laughed and shared stories and did spring clean up in her garden much to her amusement.

 Susie and her husband Richard spent time with us on Destiny in St. Barth and St. Martin last year and we have wonderful memories to comfort us, but her passing is a great loss to everyone who knew and loved her.

 Today as we were traveling down the Gulf of Corinth heading for the canal, we saw beautiful wispy clouds that looked like a band of angels and we hoped that Susie had been relieved of her pain and was safely in God’s hands, and now we know that she was at peace and no more in pain when we shared that passing thought.

 

Clouds or Angels

Clouds or Angels

In retrospect we like to think that a dolphin that followed us for a time cruising along in our bow wake and jumping playfully was Susie saying goodbye and wishing us well. We later realized that Kent was unknowingly shooting video of this dolphin—very eerie.

Dolphin Farewell

Dolphin Farewell

God speed, Tootie.  We will never forget you.

Kent, Carol & Jolie

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