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FReeper GretchenM (formerly GretchenEE) has died.
Gretchen's son Mark | 31 July 2007 | DollyCali

Posted on 07/31/2007 4:57:53 PM PDT by DollyCali

I just received an Email from her son Mark.

I am Gretchen Erickson's son Mark, and I wanted to let everyone know who loved and appreciated my mother as much as I did that she is no longer with us. One comfort that I do have is the realization that she is no longer in any pain and is with God now. I still hear her resounding infectious laugh ringing in my ears as a constant reminder that she is having a wonderful time in Heaven. As I write this and I look at how many people she had in her contact list it show me that even with her limited physical abilities that she still made such a positive impact on the lives of so many different people throughout the vast expanse of our planet.

I wish I would have had the opportunity to communicate with all of my Mother's friends under circumstances that didn't bring such disparaging news.

At the same time,this turn of events might provide for a chance to hear from those people my Mother provided spiritual guidance, emotional support and general companionship to if the desire exists within those who knew her. From my personal standpoint, I would be greatly honored to hear any stories of how my Mother has inspired or helped anyone of you throughout the journey of your life.

As most of you who knew my Mother were aware, she has been struggling with emotional and physical problems for a very long time. She was feeling very weak and very sick over the last few days. Mike went to check on her the night before last, her body was rejecting the food she had tried to eat but she still appeared stable.

The next morning he went to check on her again and she wasn't in her bed. He then realized how quiet the house was and found her in the bathroom sitting on the floor. He tried CPR but to no avail, to much time had passed as she expired some time that night.

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My Mother has a very strong spirit that will carry on with those people she had the chance to cross a proverbial path with. I have never met another person that despite their circumstances never focused on how bad things were, but instead always looked for what was yet to come.

I love my Mother more than I can describe in words. She is the greatest woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I owe my livelihood, my table manners, my fervor and passion for knowledge, my love for God, and my wit, among many other attributes that would overload the internet if I were to list them all, to her and her alone.

She will live in my memory and my heart until I am once again rejoined with her in Heaven.

Beloved son of Gretchen

Mark



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A THREAD ABOUT GRETCHEN'S MOVE

Please list your memories, tributes & love for Gretchen


1 posted on 07/31/2007 4:57:56 PM PDT by DollyCali
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To: DollyCali

very sad to read. my prayers are with her and her family.


2 posted on 07/31/2007 4:59:40 PM PDT by rineaux (the powers that be are laughing at us)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for Gretchen and her family.


3 posted on 07/31/2007 5:00:51 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: DollyCali

God Bless her gentle soul.


4 posted on 07/31/2007 5:01:24 PM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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To: rineaux

A delightful soul
praying for her and family.


5 posted on 07/31/2007 5:02:08 PM PDT by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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Rest in peace, Gretchen. Prayers for strength and comfort for Mark and family...


6 posted on 07/31/2007 5:02:16 PM PDT by eureka! (Is power so important to the Democrats that they are willing to endanger our country? Yep.)
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To: DollyCali

So sorry to hear this. Prayers and condolences to her family.


7 posted on 07/31/2007 5:02:22 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Scratch a RINO, and you'll find a global elitist beneath the surface.)
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To: DollyCali

Sorry to hear this, my prayers and thoughts go out to her family.


9 posted on 07/31/2007 5:03:18 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DollyCali

May God rest and keep her soul and comfort her family. Amen.


10 posted on 07/31/2007 5:03:22 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: DollyCali

I never knew her but after reading a tribute about someone who had such a profound positive impact on so many lives I can’t help but miss her.


11 posted on 07/31/2007 5:03:46 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers Up.


12 posted on 07/31/2007 5:03:58 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: DollyCali

My God!


13 posted on 07/31/2007 5:04:49 PM PDT by silent_jonny (There's always one more thing you can do.)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers, Rest in Peace.


14 posted on 07/31/2007 5:04:59 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for the family.


15 posted on 07/31/2007 5:05:30 PM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for Gretchen and family.


16 posted on 07/31/2007 5:05:53 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: DollyCali

RIP


17 posted on 07/31/2007 5:05:54 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; admiralsn; Alberta's Child; ...
Oh Jesus ...

I don't know what to say.

I can't believe this.

18 posted on 07/31/2007 5:06:06 PM PDT by silent_jonny (There's always one more thing you can do.)
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...she still made such a positive impact on the lives of so many different people throughout the vast expanse of our planet.

You can count on that, Mark! I'm an oldtimer too. She will be missed.

May the Lord God Almighty comfort you and all of her family and friends in this time of sorrow.

19 posted on 07/31/2007 5:06:16 PM PDT by Petronski (imwithfred.com)
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To: DollyCali

Our Thoughts and Prayers go out for her and all those who are touched by her passing.

May the blessings flow down as the prayers flow up. May GOD bring peace and comfort to those that feel grief. May her soul rest comfortably in his arms, where here is no pain or sorrow. AMEN


20 posted on 07/31/2007 5:06:33 PM PDT by SouthernHawk (Yatchoo! God Bless You!)
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To: DollyCali

Oh No!

Prayers offered.


21 posted on 07/31/2007 5:07:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DollyCali

Thank you for posting this sad news, Dolly.

I am just beyond words. Gretchen taught me first hand about the power of prayer and faith. And in such a kind and loving way that it just seeped in, packaged in love.

I am a different person having exchanged just a few freepmails.

I treasure the fact that she invited us to walk awhile with her.

Thank you, Mark, and God grant you and your family peace. Our love to Carrie also. She is always in our prayers.


22 posted on 07/31/2007 5:07:35 PM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (With love and forgiveness, we will not win the battle only to lose the war)
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To: DollyCali

Oh dear.

Godspeed Gretchen..

May God Bless your family and friends with comfort, strength and peace..


23 posted on 07/31/2007 5:07:52 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: DollyCali

rest in peace our dear Gretchen!


24 posted on 07/31/2007 5:07:52 PM PDT by Halls (check out my profile and it will explain everything!(Vote for someone who will seal our borders!))
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To: DollyCali

How sad! So young!! may god bless.


25 posted on 07/31/2007 5:08:45 PM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: DollyCali

Rest in peace GretchenM


26 posted on 07/31/2007 5:09:13 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for her family.


27 posted on 07/31/2007 5:10:30 PM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: DollyCali

She was a lamp burning bright in a world of darkness.


28 posted on 07/31/2007 5:10:53 PM PDT by Stallone (War with Iran - While Bush is President and Troops are Present.)
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To: DollyCali

I am so sorry to learn this. She was one of the nicest people on this site and I will miss her. I believe she was one of the first ones I “met”. God bless her family and friends. There is a little story about a ship leaving the harbor. Those on this side say, “there she goes” but those on the other side are shouting, “here she comes”.


29 posted on 07/31/2007 5:11:45 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: DollyCali

Thank you Dolly for posting this sweet letter.

Mark....I did not know your Mother...but I’m sure you were very special to her as I read your loving tribute to her.
You are a precious son to have such a tender heart toward your Mom.
May you and yours find peace and comfort through the loss of your wonderful Mother.
I know you miss her already....

God bless you and your family.....


30 posted on 07/31/2007 5:12:04 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Jesus is real, He will never fail...I will serve him now, and throughout all eternity! ))
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To: DollyCali

Sincere sympathy to the family of GretchenM.


31 posted on 07/31/2007 5:12:43 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: DollyCali

http://youtube.com/watch?v=iHNWJVm0LjA


32 posted on 07/31/2007 5:12:48 PM PDT by Eurotwit (WI - CSC)
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To: DollyCali

Thank you so much for letting us know. The world is poorer without Gretchen. I was lucky to know her and was awed by her faith as we prayed for her cousin, Carrie, over the last several months. Prayers for her eternal happiness.


33 posted on 07/31/2007 5:13:03 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: DollyCali

Sad day. Prayers for the family.


34 posted on 07/31/2007 5:13:31 PM PDT by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: GretchenM
Mark, there's so much going through my mind right now ...

I want to cry, but I'm too shocked.

There's so much to say, but I don't know where to start.

Gretchen was one of my best friends here. I knew she suffered with so much and it's a relief to know that she's now free of pain--forever free, and all her tears are wiped away.

My goodness ... this is starting to sink in ... I'm shaking.

35 posted on 07/31/2007 5:13:39 PM PDT by silent_jonny (There's always one more thing you can do.)
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To: DollyCali

Sincere sympathy to the family of GretchenM.


36 posted on 07/31/2007 5:13:59 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: silent_jonny

I am utterly stunned.


37 posted on 07/31/2007 5:15:18 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Pharmboy

Gretchen's Last Post

Revolution was won around here ^
  Posted by GretchenM to Pharmboy
On General/Chat ^ 07/23/2007 10:08:47 PM EDT · 28 of 30 ^

I was educated in the North and had about the same amount of ink in my public school textbooks regarding the Revolutionary War battles and strategies. It was always a mystery to me why the blood was drawn out of that war but not our Civil War, which got considerably more coverage.

In the last several years I’ve been reading books on the campaigns, leaders, and character of the Revolutionary War. It remains a mystery to me why this information is shunted aside and almost all of the *glory* goes to the guys with quill, paper, and debating skills, for founding our nation.


38 posted on 07/31/2007 5:16:04 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Inspectorette

I am sorry to hear this. Prayers for Gretchen’s family.


39 posted on 07/31/2007 5:16:17 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: DollyCali

Nuts.

Rest in Peace, Gretchen. May you be free of pain and troubles in the Lord’s loving embrace.


40 posted on 07/31/2007 5:16:40 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: DollyCali
OMG, I am stunned. Gretchen spent all her time helping others and I never even knew she was ill.

Mark, your heart must be aching, I know that mine is.

I can't write now, I feel like I lost a dear friend.

41 posted on 07/31/2007 5:16:54 PM PDT by McGavin999 ("Hard is not Hopeless" General Petraeus)
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Jonny, me too.. I have had to ask the mods to fix one of my posts it was so messed up.. hugs to you dear friend....


42 posted on 07/31/2007 5:17:23 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers offered


43 posted on 07/31/2007 5:18:04 PM PDT by Lost Dutchman ("Weep for the future Na'Toth, Weep for us all." (G'Kar-Babylon 5))
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To: DollyCali

She was a wonderful woman! God rest her soul! Prayers for her and her family.


44 posted on 07/31/2007 5:18:43 PM PDT by samiam1972 (http://imrunningforpresident.blogspot.com/)
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To: DollyCali
True comfort Mark, is knowing HIM and knowing your Mom's relationship with HIM was immediate ... and now complete.

HE knows we are but clay and HIS promise is to never leave nor forsake us.

Write, if you want to talk.

Frank

45 posted on 07/31/2007 5:18:59 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: DollyCali
Condolences to the family. She will certainly be missed.
46 posted on 07/31/2007 5:19:06 PM PDT by Beowulf
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To: silent_jonny

Oh jonny , this so hard........ prayers....


47 posted on 07/31/2007 5:19:19 PM PDT by tiredoflaundry (The greatest danger to our sovereignty is the Congress of the United States.)
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To: silent_jonny; DollyCali; snugs; Brad's Gramma; trussell; Kitty Mittens; Pegita; rodguy911; onyx; ...

OMG .. too too shocking!! Gretchen? May the Lord Of All blanket her with His peace and joy. Mark, I am so so stunned and sorry to learn this. God be with you.


48 posted on 07/31/2007 5:19:29 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: DollyCali

Very sad news. Mark, you have my deepest condolences and sympathies. Your Mom sounds like one we all wish we had.


49 posted on 07/31/2007 5:19:45 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers for Gretchen and her family.


50 posted on 07/31/2007 5:21:16 PM PDT by mysterio
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