Lessons I've Learned from Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny passed away on Sept 25, 2012

I'm honored to have called Gangsta Granny a friend of mine. She came into my life in 2010, but the time span feels like a lifetime. She has left my life way to soon.

During the time I've known GG she had made a huge impact on myself and many others.

Gangsta Granny will forever be in Sunshine's heart, whether she wants to be or not. I'm thinking she might approve of my decision.

We met in a Facebook prostate cancer group because both of our husbands were victims of the dreaded disease. My husband continues to battle the beast.

I truly believe my guardian angel was looking out for me when I was sent Gangsta Granny. While chatting one day we discovered that Linda's sister and my mother both passed away of cancer on 02/20/02.

Maybe both of our guardian angels were looking out for us. Linda is now with our guardian angels.

Linda Palmer Kelly

RIP Linda Sept. 25, 2012
RIP Linda Sept. 25, 2012 | Source

Gangsta Granny

I call her GG for short. Even though we've never met, she had taught me more about strength and camaraderie during our friendship than text books could have taught me in a lifetime.

Those of you who are familiar with my hubbing activity know that I'm a pimp, so having a gangsta in my life seemed appropriate. Her nickname came about one day when we were discussing an upcoming movie about the life of John Gotti. GG informed me that while she was growing up in New York she hung out in the same hood as Gotti's cronies. How cool is that! She was also a loving, caring granny to her five grandchildren whom by the way aren't familiar with her alternate lifestyle. GG lived in the south, she went from being a Yankee to being a hick in the sticks who enjoyed being a beach babe!

While Dennis was on Hospice Care we were all still hoping for a miracle! "Never give up" is what GG always said! Dennis fought like heck to beat the cancer, but in the beginning he was misguided by his doctor. His cancer was already advanced when he was diagnosed over two years ago. On behalf of Dennis I would like to remind everyone once again, about the importance of being your own health advocate. Doctor's are human, they make mistakes. Don't be one of their errors in judgement. I wished Dennis the best with his journey.

GG was the sole caregiver to her husband Dennis. He passed away on January 10th, 2012. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on Nov. 16, 2011. This was sadly their last anniversary on earth.

GG was also the caregiver to her 90 year old mother who has dementia. Bless her heart. I can't imagine how she tended to both her husband and mother daily, on her own. With the help of no one. Each and every day she would tend to her husband's needs and then turn around and tend to her mother's needs. In the meanwhile she would pop onto Facebook to socialize with her Facebook friends and make them laugh. Yes, even when Linda was at her lowest she gained her strength from making her friends smile.

Lately when I've been faced with a dilemma in my life, I think of GG and how she inspired me. Her strength and valor reminds me that even when we think we don't have the strength to deal with the lemons of life, we really do! We just need to keep on squeezing! Even on her bad days she still offers hope, inspiration and smiles to her friends and family. She truly amazed me!

I was always amazed on how she never felt sorry for herself. Most people would say "why me?" not GG. Not Dennis. One day I asked her why she never had a pity party. Her response was short and sweet, yet sad..."There are so many others who have it worse than we do, we sympathize for them." Wow. I haven't had a pity party since that day. Her answer is the truth.

Now, when life throws me a curve I think of the children who battle cancer. They should be playing in sandboxes and riding bikes, not battling cancer. So unfair for them. So young, so innocent and cancer invaded their lives. My heart is sad for them.

In September 2012 GG wasn't feeling well. She hesitated about getting treatment because she had no one to watch her mom. Yet, her physician finally insisted she go to the hospital. She was diagnosed with small cell Lung Cancer. Linda continued to share her journey with her Facebook friends. She made us laugh. She continued to support her friends while she was on an oxygen machine to help her breathe.

After one week of treatment Linda died suddenly due to a Pulmonary Artery Rupture. Her friends and family were devastated. She was feeling so much better and was able to breathe on her own once again without the use of oxygen. Her airways were no longer blocked. She's now gone.

This November of 2012, GG and Dennis will be celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary together in heaven. May they have the time of their lives.

Thank you GG for teaching Sunshine that even though you came from the same neck of the woods as Gotti's cronies you could still had a heart of gold and that you don't need a machine gun to prove your point or to get what you want.

Linda, you fought and you inspired others to fight. Even when our worlds are falling apart we still gather strength from our loved ones and we carry on! The pimp in me appreciates the gangsta in you. We can really go places with the connections we have. You are always on my mind and in my heart.

RIP Dennis Jan. 10, 2012
RIP Dennis Jan. 10, 2012 | Source

Some Lessons I've Learned From GG

Leaning on friends for support is not a sign of weakness.
Insanity comes natural. Don't fight it. Go with the flow.
Never assume just because I say I'm fine means that I'm fine.
Don't ever think I don't have your back.
Aging gracefully is really possible when you look at GG!.

Kewlness is a must have to be a Gangsta Granny!
Enjoy making memories because you will have them forever.
Listen to your intuition because chances are you're correct.
Linda is the best name in the universe ... no ifs, ends or buts!
You are never too old to bust a move! Go GG!

Rest In Peace:

Dennis Kelly Jan. 10, 2012

Linda Kelly Sept. 25, 2012

You are gone, but never forgotten. Your heroism, determination and your laughter will live on in the hearts and minds of many.

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ANITA 5 years ago

Oh my GG ... where would I be right now if it weren't for you ~ I love you to the moon and back again. Our friendship began in the same way as Sunshine, I hate cancer, but this journey brought you into my life at a time when I was reaching out to anyone who would listen, that someone was you and Sunshine! You have taught me the true meaning of the word "strength" and your wisdom has brought me far. As you continue your stinking journey (lol) you know that I've got your back with ALL my angels ^j^ and God will take care of the rest ~ muah xoxoxoxo


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

It just goes to show you Sunshine - we find strength in places we couldn't have dreamed up...no matter what happens in this life - people need other people - friends - encouragement. It just means so much doesn't it?

I was just thinking about you in this honorable way yesterday...there are people that don't find their way into our lives our lives soon enough. I'm pimpin:)


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Strength through others is the reception of a true gift.;)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I think fate has a lot to do with who we cross paths with in our lives. The friends we make and meet along the way. So glad that you and GG found each other. You my friend have so many people here at Hubville too that love and adore you.

Enjoyed your hub!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

From: Linda Kelly ... I am honored! Thank you Linda, but you are the sunshine in my life that keeps me sane and makes me laugh. I tried to comment on Hub pages, said try later, error occurred? I love you!!!


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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is a great hub sunshine! Gangsta Granny definitely sounds like a good person to be around. And I wish the best for her husband at this time. Voted up and funny!

P.S. I saw the CMAs last night and they were really funny! I really liked the Kim Kardashian song!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Alecia, Thank you for your best wishes! I agree about the CMAs...I liked how Brad and Carrie played with the Tim and Faith barbie dolls! lol


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

Aww.. this is such a nice hub, Sunshine! GG sounds like an amazing woman. I wish that I were as outgoing and cheerful as you are... I bet it's super easy for you to meet new people. Even on the internet, I let my shyness get the best of me :0/ Oh well!


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sunshine. A truly beautiful and heartwarming hub & tribute to your dear friend GG. There is nothing in the world to compare to the sincerity and comfort shared amongst people of a mutual heartache. When the struggle seems unbearable, hands reach out to pull you up. The power of silent understanding lives in your hearts and bonds your connection. This sweet and brave woman, GG, has surrounded herself with love by giving it, freely and sincerely. My thoughts go out to you and GG, all in your support group & every one who is touched by this disease. You know that I once walked that path too. Love to you all...........


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Jamie, I could corrupt you into being a talkaholic, I'll do it free of charge too!

Paula, I know you have once walked the path and I am so thankful for all the support you give me...I am TRULY thankful! Thank you for your words to GG, I know she'll appreciate them as much as I do.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Sunshine! I smiled all the way through reading this. What a great tribute to GG! The love and care she gives to others is phenomenal.

Sunshine, you are a treasure to so many. Thanks for always reminding me that there are good people in this world. Voted up, up and away!


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

It was so enjoyable to read about this amazing lady that you are able to call friend and more. It seems that once in a very little while, our paths and those of near angels meet and when it happens, you know right away that a blessing has been sent you way. It sounds as if GG is an all around blessing to anyone with whom she comes into contact. Strength and love to you and her!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Dex, phenomenal sounds about right. GG is one of a kind:)

Thank you for your comment, always a pleasure to hear from you.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for your kind words poohgranma. Both Linda & Linda appreciate them:))


Nebraska 5 years ago

Well NOW I find out Linda is a gangsta!!! I liked her before, but NOW she really is cool!! :) I know I only know Linda PK over facebook as well, but you're a special lady!


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

my comment will simply be this : An amazing woman finds another amazing woman...


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Nebraska...I absolutely agree 1000%!!!! She's our gangsta granny!

Frank...Thank you for your sweet words, coming from you that means a lot! :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Sunshine - this is an exceptionally beautiful tribute to the friendship between GG and you. How wonderful that you found each other. Makes me think of that popular quote which I may have garbled a bit: “Some people come into our lives ... stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.” I've discovered that to be true and so have you.

BTW, loved your last quote about love. I often feel the same way.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

This was a very Inspirational read Sunshine, and truly a Beautiful Tribute to a Wonderful Friend. I'm sure it's a two way Street for GG as well. Loved the" Lessons you learned" from this Terrific Lady...and the Humor you both share is Priceless and a Hoot!


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Your friend is one tough lady! The Lord never gives us more than we can handle. Really. I've been there, done that. With Him, all things are possible.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hello drbj ~ b. Malin ~ Susie!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments! We appreciate them very much:)


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

It sounds like Gangsta Granny is an awesome person who is giving lots of love and support. I love the Linda Kelly anagram very nicely done. It sounds awesome that Gangsta Granny has entered your life as well. I really enjoyed reading this hub. Voted up and awesome. Please note no greats in this comment only awesomes....lol.


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Stokermm 5 years ago from Gainesville, FL

Such a sweet hub. :) Happy anniversary to the happy couple! Prayers are going out for Dennis.


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

Great hub - real friends are there for the sugar and the sh*t - sounds like GG tells it like it is and has lots of stickability - she sticks to people like glue, that's always a great attribute in a friend. Lovely acrostic poem as well. Voted up.


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Dave Ligler 5 years ago

Great friendships are rare and to be treasured. Linda and Dennis Happy anniversary ! Great Hub Sunshine


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Aw what a lovely sentiment to your friend, I'm sure she is a great friend it's always wonderful when we find friends like that, as I'm very happy to have met you:)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Ge! You are my Gee and Linda is my GG ... I really appreciate and adore my G's:))


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a gem and without a doubt I vote up up and away here.

I wish you a great day.

Eiddwen.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Eiddwen for your comment. Happy Tuesday to you!


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Such a wonderful tribute to your friend--it is also a wonderful tribute to those things in life that you hold dear--


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spectech604 5 years ago

This beautifully written tribute to Gangsta Granny, and all the comments that follow, had me thinking...what a special person she is, and how much I admire her for her strength at a time when most would be falling apart. How her determination forced the insurance and pharmaceutical companies to say "yes" when they said "no" time after time, so her husband could get the best possible care. How she takes care of her 90 year old mother, who is more than a handful, while seeing Dennis through his radiation and chemo treatments, always hoping for a miracle when being told there is nothing more they can do. It's true that God only gives us as much as we can handle, and He has surely given her the test of a lifetime. I have always loved Gangsta Granny, but now have a new found admiration for her. As this holiday season approaches, she will be cooking as usual, as all of us will gather to celebrate. This Thanksgiving, I am going to tell her how much I love her, hug her...and tell her how proud I am to call her my sister. Happy Anniversary, Linda and Dennis...Love, Lisa


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Happy 43rd Anniversary Linda and Dennis!!!


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Such a touching hub and a lovely tribute to GG. It seems that special people are sent into our lives when we most need them. GG sounds like a remarkable lady and I am sure that the strength she has instilled in you has been returned with the sunshine and support you have given her has helped her to cope.

Happy that you found each other


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

she sounds like a super swell lady. What a nice tribute! How is Dennis?


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Dennis is hanging in there. Thank you for asking PDX!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

What a heartfelt tribute to a special person Sunshine. GG sounds like a real life Angel. It is nice of you to share her story. She is the real hero. Votes up.


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

Wow...first hub of yours I've had the pleasure to read, and happy to say, I'm hooked. What a truly special person GG is...and you must be too, for her to befriend you. She be cool...and you tell her I said Happy Anniversary, and prayers go out to Dennis for his recovery. You just got a new fan, ma'am :)TR


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you kindly TR! I'll be sure that GG gets your message:)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

So glad to meet your friend GG through this hub. Sounds like both of you have cornered the market on being sweet, loving and kind. Everyone needs friends like you!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Sunshine,

What goes around comes around, and I believe that means good stuff too. You are getting back the love and caring and kindness and friendship that you so freely share with so many. Sounds like you both feel fortunate to have found each other. Wishing you & GG and your hubbies all the best!

Sharyn


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Sharon. Friends like you and GG make it easy to share the love:)


blessing980306 4 years ago

This is inspiring story Aunt Linda!I am so happy you found someone like GG!I like her name!What kind words you spoke about her.Never lose that friendship there hard to find!XO


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Blessing Ida! Thank you and I agree:)


Fenn 4 years ago

This is a great Hub. Funny and completely right! I especially like the mention that it is not a sign of weakness to ask for your friend's support, that is completely true. Thanks and voted up!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for your comment Fenn! Gangsta Granny is holding strong now as her husband is not doing well. Your message will be appreciated by her.


Fenn 4 years ago

not a problem :)


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

My condolences to you, if you have more friends like Sunshine, then you are truly gifted. You will never stand alone or ever be alone. I pray that Dennis RIP and he is smiling down at you and will always be with you as one of your guardian angels till you meet again on the other side of this plane we live on for now.

Peace and blessings to you and thank you Linda for bringing this Hub to our attention. God speed, hugs from the Saddle.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Ok, I will give you that Linda is the best name in the universe. My MIL is a Linda and she will never let me live it down that I named her first granddaughter something other than LINDA hahah It also didn't help that I named the same granddaughter after my MIL's MIL - does that make sense?

I will take the lessons you learned from your Linda and I will apply them to my own life, especially the bit about accepting insanity because its natural, why fight it?!

I will keep both Linda's in my heart in the coming weeks and I will send comforting and healing vibes to both of you.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Linda, this is an awesome hub. I was particularly struck by the second to last paragraph, where you say how when you are faced with a dilemma you think of GG and she inspires you, and that she has taught you that we think we don't have the strength to deal with life’s hardships, we really do.

How wonderful that you have each other, that you have gained so much from your friendship and give so much back.

GG Linda, though I have never met you, you have my condolences, and I am glad you have Sunshine Linda to help see you through this.


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

The bonds of love can travel to and from people who have never met in "real life" and surly this is the case with you and Linda. While I don't know either of you personally, my heart aches for your loss but also celebrates the kind of love each of you have been blessed to have with your life mates. Some of us are going to lose those we love from this world much sooner than seems right, but I know in my heart of hearts that kind of love lives on. You are in my prayers GG Linda and you too Sunshine for the sadness you feel for your friend. God bless you both.


SilverGenes 4 years ago

This hub speaks volumes about two extraordinary Lindas! The love just shines through every word. The joy, sorrow, tears and laughter of Linda and Dennis's 43 years together is something truly special. How wonderful life is with such love! And how incredible to have such friends when we need them most. You are both amazing women! During this very difficult time for Linda, I'm so glad she has a little Sunshine in her life. Hugs to you both!


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American View 4 years ago from Plano, Texas

This is a wonderful article about two wonderful Linda's. I have never met either, but feel I know them both and consider them both friends. I am honored to have met them both here and they are truly the best life has to offer. Thank you both, I hold you both in my heart and hope the best for you both.

I know GG has lost her best friend today. There are no words for such an event, I know first hand. Take solace in the fact he was loved and he loved others. When that happens, one can never be forgotten, therefore they live forever. GG Please accept my best wishes during this time.


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GabeCanales 4 years ago

Thank you for posting Linda and God Bless Linda and Dennis. I appreciate you all sharing your journey with others...we continue to stand with you and offer our prayers and support. Much love to you all. - Gabe


Anita 4 years ago

I am loving an amazing woman today who supported her hero to the very end. I am throwing back at her some of the love and happiness she has so freely given to me ^j^


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Linda/GG....My heart aches with yours, sweet Linda. I feel your sense of loss and emptiness at this sad, sad time. All the love you shared through the years with your precious Dennis, surrounds you in comfort, for he is ALWAYS near you. The treasure of beautiful memories, embraces you, for they are the blanket that will keep you warm. Linda, your strength, devotion and unselfish spirit in this world, are those sacred gifts Dennis holds tight for all eternity. My heart, my hand, my silent understanding are yours, Linda..use them as you wish..........Paula JayEm


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Gangsta Granny, my heart aches with sadness for you. You lost your high school sweetheart, your best friend of 43+ years. Dennis was an amazing husband, father and grandfather and I will always remember the stories you've shared about him. His memories will forever live on with his wonderful family. Sunshine's got your back. XO


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geegee77 4 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Linda/GG I've never met you personally either as I've never met sunshine, but it's so amazing how we can never meet face to face and share such an awesome friendship. We've interacted quite a bit on fb and I love your sense of humor and I know you are a strong woman, I want to send my condolences to you and your family for the loss of your husband/best friend, I know this must be a very hard time for you and your family. Just know you have a lot of friends out here in cyber land and personally that have you in there hearts and prayers so that God will give you the strength you need to get through this. God Bless you Linda, sending love your way :)ge


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very sorry for your loss. My family's hopes and prayers are with you and your family.


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Dave Ligler 4 years ago

Today we lost a great warrior, the Force has a hole in it today. Linda ,I never got to have a beer with Dennis but tonight I will and celebrate his life as we sit on the beach in my dreams. Much love and all my support at this time and always.


Linda aka GG 4 years ago

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your prayers and kind words. My dear Dennis passed today, but he fought a hard battle, never once complaining or feeling sorry for himself, in fact he always said he was good, when I knew he wasn't. My thanks to Sunshine for all her support and love, she is truly an inspiration and one hellava writer!

Thanks again to all

Linda K (Gangsta Granny)


BumptiousL 4 years ago

My heart goes out to GG. I pray that God gives you the strength & comfort that I know you need badly. You are in my thoughts & prayers.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Gangsta Granny for stopping by and sharing a message with us! Dennis will always be remembered. You will always be adored. xoxo

Thank you Laura for your message for GG! You are awesome!

All of your thoughts are appreciated! Sending some HubLove out to all.


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Stokermm 4 years ago from Gainesville, FL

I'm so sorry for your loss Linda/GG. It is so nice to see lots of love and supporting going your way through hub pages. May the good Lord give your heart a big hug as you go through this difficult time.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

sorry to hear about Dennis.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

Sunshine, it sounds like you and GG were both incredibly fortunate to find each other. Your honest and outgoing personality shines through in every word you write.

I can't say I know the lovely Linda K, but you talk about her with such genuine affection here that it almost feels as if she's a close friend of mine.

I was saddened to read that Linda's husband passed away, but relieved at the same time to know that she has you to look out for her.

Look after yourself, Sunshine.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you VendettaVixen for your kind words. I'll be sure and share them with GG:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

R.I.P. Gangsta Granny. Thank you for all you've done for everyone else. Your good deeds on this earth will never be forgotten. You are once again with your soulmate Dennis. I'll forever miss my GG.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Thank you so much for writing this Linda. It hits very close to home for me. My husband's mom passed away from liver cancer a few years ago. She never told us about it and we didn't know until the very end. She never complained, she always had a smile. I wish I'd spent more time with her. My dad was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He had an operation and it seems to be in remission. Cancer is so common today, and you can't take anything or anyone for granted. Linda sounded like such a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing her qualities with us and making us realize just how important life is, and especially spending it with the ones we care about. Thinking of you today x


Sue Parkinson 4 years ago

So sorry for your loss SS.


Glyn Burles 4 years ago

Such an inspiration to all. A beautiful lady, now reunited with her darling man. Thank you sweet lady for considering me a friend XXXX


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

So sorry for your loss, Sunshine. This is a great tribute to your friend.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

A great tribute to an inspiring lady, Linda. So sorry for your loss.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I feel very selfish after reading this Hub. I have been grieving for our Shih Tzu who died after giving birth, and then I read this.

I do believe God sends certain people into our lives (maybe they are angels) to add to our own lives, and maybe to teach us lessons in life. Linda sounds like an angel to me.

You are such an inspiration to all of us. I'm glad you are in my life!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Mel, Suzie, Glyn, Michelle, Deb, Mary ... Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it. I'm sure Linda's family will also appreciate. Whenever Linda was having a down day I would share this hub with her and she would smile again. She will be missed.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Linda, I am finally home today and had a chance to catch up read this. GG sounded like a wonderful woman and am so sorry for your loss in this beautiful inspiring woman. I have shared, voted and tweeted in memory of her.


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Such a beautiful story and I am so sorry for your loss!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Linda, Sunshine......I feel as though I have just had the breath knocked out of me. My heart is heavy with such sadness for the loss you are experiencing. To lose a cherished friend, leaves a void no other can ever fill.

Although this was sudden and unexpected, the spirits of Dennis and the love of his life, Linda, always knew that one day they would be together again and their promise to one another has been fulfilled.

You have my heart, my hand and my sympathies......Peace, GF.......


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A very sad day....my thoughts and prayers Gangsta Granny's family and friends.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

It seems to me that Linda wanted to be with Dennis seeing as it will be their 43rd wedding anniversary in November. :) As sad as this is it is also a beautiful love story of two wonderful people who loved each other so much they couldn’t be apart. My thoughts and prayers go to GG’s family and friends and I hope GG and Dennis are having a wonderful time together wherever they are. RIP.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Janine, Jen, Effer, Cogerson, Trinity ... Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wishes.

Trinity I like how you think. Nov 16th would have been 44 years of marriage for Linda and Dennis. I also hope they are having a wonderful time ;)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

GG sounds like a wonderfully inspirational and strong woman. It is indeed sad for her family and friends to lose her, and I'm so sorry for your loss. Your hub is a touching and beautiful tribute to her...her memory will live on in it.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Another testament of bravery, love and dedication. I'm saddened to hear about the loss of another wonderful soul who has bene an inspiration to you Linda. This is a beautiful tribute. My thoughts and prayers with their family and friends. A great big hubhug for you sunshine as know what it is like to lose what it feels to lose such a treasured... My heartfelt condolences.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

September 26, 2012

Linda (Sunshine625),

I was so sorry to learn of the death of Gangsta Granny. My heart goes out to Dennis and Linda Kelly's family...and to you.

You have touched the lives of so many people. It's an honor to call you my friend.


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

My prayers for the peace of the departed soul. Nice tributary hub dear sunshine........votes up and away


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Linda,

I think I am very late in getting here, my heart goes out to GG's children and grandchildren for their loss. Sorry Linda for the loss of a very dear friend who you never met. This is the greatest strength of friendship - you don't even need to see the person to love them. I call you a very strong woman with a great sense of humor and when you call GG a stronger woman with an equally great sense of humor, I can understand what a wonderful person she was.

May God give GG's family and you the strength to bear her loss. My prayers are with you and the family.

GG was very happy by this wonderful tribute to her, right? She would have been very proud of you for being a beautiful friend. You are blessed Linda for having a great friend in GG, a strong woman full of love!

Cheers and hugs, Rema.


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

How lucky to have had an angel like GG in your life to laugh with and help you through challenging times. I enjoyed learning more about her life and your friendship.So sorry for your loss!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a lovely tribute Linda. Not much more I can say. Its hard to lose those that mean so much to us. Your hub will be a lasting tribute.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wonderful tribute to a beautiful, caring and courageous woman. I can understand how it feels to lose someone who has been an inspirational and motivational ideal. May you and her family find strength to bear this loss.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Beautifully done as only you can. Hugs xx


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate each and every one of them.


Anita 4 years ago

I am proud and honored to have called GG my forever friend ~ to infinity and beyond.... My heart aches daily that she is no longer with us but I thank God and Sunshine for bringing her into my life at a time when I needed laughter and strength~ heaven has surely gained one amazing angel and we here on earth have lost a true legend ~ RIP my sweet Linda and please continue to guard us with your spirit, I will love you forever ^j^


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Anita for sharing your thoughts about Gansta Granny. She'll always be missed and always live on in our hearts. We were quite the trio :)


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Vellur 14 months ago from Dubai

Sorry for your great loss. GG is wonderful and an inspiring woman and sad she had to have a sudden Pulmonary Artery Rupture. Am sure she and her husband are looking out for your from above.


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Sunshine625 14 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Vellur.

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