Soar O’er Us in Painless Flight

Warrior, intrepid spirit
woman of heartfelt substance.
For two years
you wore a mantle of prayers,
held fast to hope and faith.

Rest now, dear friend,
your spirit on angel’s wings.
For surely your downright obstinacy
in the face of overwhelming odds
has earned you the right to soar.


My friend, Louise, lost her two year battle with ovarian cancer Sunday night. She fought so hard to live. She will be missed by so many. 

34 thoughts on “Soar O’er Us in Painless Flight

  1. Bev February 14, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    A lovely tribute to your friend. I’m sure her spirit soars!

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  2. frankhubeny February 14, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I liked the phrase “wore a mantle of prayers”.

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  3. Pleasant Street February 14, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I’m sorry you lost your friend…
    I always want to write tributes like this but I fail where you have succeeded. Truly lovely

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    • lillian February 14, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you. She was such a special person and she fought so hard to live.

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  4. Grace February 14, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    So sorry to read this about your dear friend Lillian ~

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    • lillian February 14, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you. I’d written about Louise several times. She fought so very very hard. I appreciate your kind words, Grace.

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  5. Janice February 14, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    A long battle with a terrible illness (it took my mother) I’m very sorry for your loss.

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    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 6:37 am

      She fought so very hard and in the end, slipped peacefully away in her sleep at home. I’m so very thankful she was at home. It is indeed a terrible illness…thank you for your very kind words here. And I am so very sorry you lost your mother to this disease…it becomes debilitating to the body while the mind, the heart, the spirit fights on.

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      • Janice February 15, 2017 / 9:15 am

        She was so fortunate to be at home. And what you said about the mind and heart fighting on is so true. Take care.

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  6. katiemiafrederick February 14, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    SMiLes.. my FriEnd.. Lillian..
    so sorry for your loss..
    Love lost love lives
    as eYes and words
    of love.. and my mother
    visits a doctor and hospital
    for the first time tonight.. in twelve years..
    sepsis.. delirium.. she only wanted it all at home..
    to live
    and die
    in peace at home..
    with no fear of death
    the gift of Loving Life.. ’till the end
    And beginning as gift oF aLL thaT is..:)

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    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 6:40 am

      Thank you for your thoughts here, Katie. I hope your mother will recover. And yes, my dear friend had been hospitalized for a length of time. But she fought and fought and was able to get home for the last few weeks of her life. I’m so glad she was at home, among her cheerful needlework art on the walls, family photos on cupboards, and those who care, living there, going in and out. She slipped away in the night while sleeping. That is how her family explained it….Such a mighty warrior she was.

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      • katiemiafrederick February 15, 2017 / 7:32 am

        So glad to hear your friend’s
        Passing was calm.. my friend..
        And i am so relieved my
        Mother is out of pain..:)

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  7. katiemiafrederick February 15, 2017 / 12:21 am

    And we just got the test results..
    Breast Cancer that went into Abdomen..
    Bone and Brain and the rest of her body too..
    with Cancer
    bleeding in
    Brain and the
    amazing thing is..
    a few days ago
    she beat my sister
    at Scrabble ..my friEnd..
    not expected to regain consciousness
    and when she did wake up incoherent it
    took three very large men to hold down
    her 120Lb body from escape.. my
    mother had has a will
    of steel..
    and
    she
    never
    gave up
    on me when
    i gave up on
    all of existence
    in life as death..
    she lived
    LiFE ’till
    the end
    with no regrets..
    i can only hope i do the same
    as Love wins when Life as LIGht..
    Love
    is
    worth Living..
    and death IS
    A blesSing for
    those who live liGht as Love..
    thaT
    spreads
    evermorenow..
    glad i had a person
    who is truly human to share this
    with in real time now online who cares..
    as Love does..Love..
    thanks Lillian..
    for alWays being
    a nice person.. to me..
    as
    liGht
    Lives Love..:)

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    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 6:43 am

      Oh Katie, I did not see this second reply until I’d already responded. I’m so so sorry to hear this news. Our mothers bring us into this world, and sometimes, we are privileged to be with them when they take their journey of leaving. My prayers are with you and your mother. Take care, my friend. Know there are people who care.

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  8. kim881 February 15, 2017 / 2:39 am

    I’m so sorry about your friend, Lillian. She lives on in your poem.

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    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 6:44 am

      Thank you, Kim. She was such a warrior and a very very special person. I so appreciate your words here. And I hope your kind heart is mending…and your life is in the living and remembering the wonderful with a smile in your heart and tears dried.

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    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you, Paul. I really appreciate your kind thoughts.

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  9. rivrvlogr February 15, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    This is a lovely tribute, Lillian. I’m sorry for your loss.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Thank you, Sanaa. Much appreciated.

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    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      You have that exactly right!!! 😦

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  10. oneta hayes February 15, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Sorry for your loss. You have shared beautifully with your tribute to her. Some people are so noble in the midst of pain and loss, especially those who “wear the mantle of prayer.”

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    • lillian February 15, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      She never gave up her positive outlook on life and her fight to live. Thank you for your kind words here.

      Liked by 1 person

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