Valfal

Valfal

Posted on 03/23/2017


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PARKS AND PUBLIC GARDENS TO DREAM

Tribute to a Dear Friend

Tribute to a Dear Friend 

Yesterday I received bad news; my dear friend, Jean, died suddenly on March 3, 2017. I have known Jean for most of my life and always regarded her as my second mother. After I moved from my hometown in New Jersey, we kept in touch through letter writing and visiting each other when we had the chance.

Jean was a vibrant and healthy 88 year old who could run circles around people half her age.She was an anachronism, preferring "snail" mail instead of email and "land line" instead of cell phone. She rode her bicycle to get from one place to another, and was fiercely independent until the day she died.

Among the many things that interested her in life, gardening was her favorite pastime. Her green thumb was second to none, and each year she treated her neighbors to a riot of colorful flowers throughout gardens she planted in every space she could find in her yard. It was her joy to teach other people the secrets she learned that made her garden special. I wanted to give back to her, so two years ago I had the privilege of taking her to Winterthur Gardens to see the peonies in full bloom. It was a most special day for both of us. I am so happy that I snapped this photo of her enjoying these marvelous flowers, some varieties of which she had never seen before.

There is so much more that I could tell you about this amazing woman, but suffice it to say that the world has lost a very special soul who lived to make the world a better place; I will miss her very much.

Dominique Sarrazin, Elbertinum, Faubion, Christina Sonnenschein and 35 other people have particularly liked this photo


56 comments - The latest ones
Gilloudu95
Gilloudu95
coucou
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Gilloudu95
Thank you so much, Gilloudu.
18 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Oh I am so sorry to hear this bad news, Val !! She certainly was a treasure of a friend for you.
Nice picture of your friend surrounded by flowers. All flowers must be sad now that she is gone.
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you so much for your condolences, Marie-claire. I will miss her lovely gardens.
18 months ago.
Heidiho
Heidiho
Ein erfülltes Leben hat sich vollendet.
Und die Erinnerung bleibt. So viel Glück.
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Heidiho
Vielen Dank, Heidi. Jean's Leben war voller Schönheit, die sie anderen gab.
18 months ago.
k.e.s_kloset
k.e.s_kloset
Oh, Val, I'm so sorry... She sounds like she was a great person and one who lived life in her very own beautiful way. You're so lucky to have had her as a second mother.

This is a lovely tribute to her. xo
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to k.e.s_kloset
Thank you so much, my friend. Jean was an inspiration on how to love and how to age gracefully. I will miss her greatly.
18 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
A lovely tribute Val. Thank you for sharing your story.
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Thank you so much, June, most appreciated.
18 months ago.
Liliane LR
Liliane LR
J'espère pour elle que son esprit se promènera à jamais dans ses jardins....
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Liliane LR
Merci beaucoup, Liliane. La vie de Jean était pleine de beauté qu'elle donnait aux autres.
18 months ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
A Wonderful tribute Valerie.

Sooty to hear of your loss.
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Stormlizard
Thank you very much, John, most appreciated.
18 months ago.
Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard
Un bel hommage à cette belle dame ! je suis de tout coeur avec toi ! amts
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Hélène Lombard
Merci beacoup, Helene, Le plus apprécié. xx
18 months ago.
Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx
Un bel hommage " si elle le voit le là-haut elle sera heureuse pour ce partage "
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Josiane Dirickx
Merci beaucoup, Josiane. La vie de Jean était pleine de beauté qu'elle donnait aux autres.
18 months ago.
Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
So sorry for your loss Val, a nice photo and wonderful tribute.

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18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Dave Roberts 2014
Thank you so very much, Dave, most appreciated.
18 months ago.
Eve
Eve
De tout coeur avec toi dans ces moments difficiles, bel hommage !
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Eve
Merci beaucoup, Eve, Le plus apprécié.
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Dave Roberts 2014
Thanks again, Dave.
18 months ago.
christel.k
christel.k
ich fühle mit Dir, Val, eine sehr gute mütterliche Freundin hast Du verloren!
auf dieser schönen Aufnahme ist gut zu sehen, dass sie eine glückliche Frau gewesen war!
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to christel.k
Merci beaucoup, Christel. La vie de Jean était pleine de beauté qu'elle donnait aux autres
18 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding shot!

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18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to William Sutherland
Thank you so much, William, most appreciated.
18 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
A very touching tribute indeed. Well done.
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Larry Drummond
Thank you so very much, Larry, most appreciated.
18 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Dear Val....

You love for her shines... and that shining comes through in the word you wrote.

Jean was a wonderful and special soul.. and her spirit lives on in you... with the joy she gifted you of the flowers and plants.

She is alive in every petal and blade of grass. She lives on a vibrantly as she always did.

Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Pam J
Oh dear Pam, thank you so very much for your beautiful and very moving words. Jean was an inspiration to me on how to enjoy life and spread the joy to others. Every flower blooming and bird chirping will remind me of her. <3
Big hugs!
18 months ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
:(
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Annemarie
xxx
18 months ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
A lovely tribute to what was obviously a beautiful person
Thanks for sharing
18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to Judith Jannetta
Thanks so very much, Judith. Jean was as beautiful as the flowers she grew, and left the world a better place.
18 months ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
A special tribute to your dear friend, Val! She was truly remarkable and this is a very lovely photo!

Vu et admiré/Admired in
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18 months ago.
Valfal has replied to sasithorn_s
Thank you so very much, Sas, most appreciated!
18 months ago.
Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath
Jean sounds as if she was a remarkable lady indeed, Val. No doubt, over the years, many plants from her garden have found their way into those gardens of her friends and neighbours, who will remember her by her gifts of love.
18 months ago.
Martine
Martine
Un bel hommage très touchant. Bon week-end. Martine.
18 months ago.
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
At least, she left our world without suffering and maybe even knowing ...
We can see that she was a special person ...
Have a nice week end, dear Valerie.
18 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
She sounds like and amazing person and you've captured some of her enthusiasm and vitality in your portrait. Our sympathy in what must be an overwhelming loss.
18 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Nice and colourful tribute.
Sincere condolences.
18 months ago.
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj ) I LoVe it here !
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!…
Very sad indeed Val, you must have a lot of cherished memories to hold tight !!!
18 months ago.
Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann
A beautiful image and a great tribute!
18 months ago.
Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac
Très belle hommage et très belle photo. Cordialement. Nicole.
18 months ago.
Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Vu et admiré/Admired in
www.ipernity.com/group/nous.-nature
18 months ago.
ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo
Très bel hommage à ton amie..
bonne soirée Valérie,
amitiés, roland
18 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
A wonderful tribute, Val !
18 months ago.
Pandarine
Pandarine
I am so sorry for your loss - this is a very moving tribute!

Your friend reminds me very much of my mother who passed away last January. I believe she was the oldest Ipernity club member, and she still uploaded her own pictures when she was 91 years "young". However, other than your friend, she didn't use snail mail but wrote me an email every day, even from the nursing home.

Those memories will last forever, they will always be in our hearts!
18 months ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
Very sad for you. She looks a lovely lady and you have this beautiful picture to remember her by. My dear mum died last year at the age of 87....still miss her so much.

Best wishes to you.
18 months ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
I pay tribute to your image of HER.
18 months ago.
Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
A lovely tribute to a lovely woman. I am sorry for your loss of a dear friend.
18 months ago.
Elbertinum
Elbertinum
Ein sehr guter Nachruf -
Irgendwann muss jeder aus dieser Welt gehen -
14 months ago.