Mother…February1923 – December 2013

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Blanche Canter, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend, and neighbor, whose door was always open for anyone to share a cup of coffee, delicious meal, or sympathetic ear, has shut the door behind on this life and embarked on a journey one must take alone.

We are heartbroken, devastated, sad, grief-stricken, and lost.  Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn her passing.

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  1. Oh….my deepest sympathy to you and your family, Renee. No matter our age (or theirs), losing a mother is just heartbreaking. Prayers for you and yours.

  2. My dear dear Renee, you are most certainly in my thoughts. Prayers? Well, I will admit that when I run out of options I do ask the one I don’t believe in. To help me out. Just this once. Till the next time. Not for nothing is he called ‘Father’.

    My own mother born in February 1933 I expected her a million times in the last few months to evaporate due to a rather odd affliction she suffered in September. I thought myself well prepared to either of my parents’ demise. Yeah, well. I am not.

    Be happy for your mother’s sake, Renee, and scant comfort: Leaving a big fat hole by her absence what more could she have wished for?

    Bear hug and more,

  3. What a beautiful woman! Renee, I am so sorry about her passing. We know we can’t keep them forever, but it is just never long enough. She obviously lived a long and full life and experienced a lot of joy and happiness. In the end, it’s what we all hope for. I hope your sorrow diminishes as you remember all the happy times and the love you shared with her.

  4. My heart goes out to you, Renee. Am praying for you and family for peace and love. I know what it is like to lose a dear mom/grandmother. It is never easy. May the Lord comfort you at this time and always.
    In sympathy,

  5. December has so often been the month of departure in our family. It’s like they’re trying to last out the year and Christmas with us. I still whimper “I want my Mommy” when I’m feeling down. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Renee, I am so sorry. No words can take away the pain of loss. What a beautiful photo and memory you have of her. I remember your telling us of this recent celebration. You will be in my thoughts. It’s an amazing thing to keep your parents with you after they leave. For me the emotion came in waves, and then it subsided. It came and went, until I could smile recognizing the things they left behind — a mannerism from another member of the family, a phrase, a tradition, the way they loved and went about their days translated by others. Yes, their spirit is always with us. Hugs.

  7. I am so sorry, Renee. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and sending you my profound sympathies. One is never prepared to lose one’s mother, the one person who has known us our entire life. Allow yourself the time you need to grieve, and accept my kindest, caring thoughts for you during this sad time .

  8. So very sorry to hear this. Prayers for comfort, peace and understanding for you and your family. What a lovely picture of her on such a happy occasion.

  9. Bless your heart, I’m so sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a beautiful woman.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this sad time. (((hugs)))

  10. You described her beautifully in one short paragraph, Renee. Thinking of you, and hoping you and the family are helping each other through.

  11. How terribly sad, Renee. I hope you find solace in the joy of her life and the good times you were able to spend together. When you return to blogging, please know that I gave you an award this week for your many beautiful photographs, including this one. Sending you hugs, my dear.

  12. Very sorry to hear about your loss, Renee. We lost my dad last February, just a couple of months after we moved back to the Midwest after being away for 15 years. So glad we had that time. One just never know how it feels to lose a parent until you lose one yourself. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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