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A poem, She loved the color of lavender

Updated on May 20, 2012
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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A picture collage echoes her love for her husband and family

She loved the color of lavender

I always knew

Just what to get her

A blouse, a coat, a skirt, even a purple straw hat

She would always smile and say,

" Oh you didn't need to buy that "

She was my childhood soulmate, my Sister Virgie whom we laid to rest yesterday

All of her loved one's were there

Those near and far away

A picture collage echoed her love for her husband and family

Her wedding day, the birth of a child, merry Christmas times

All smiling happily

My main focus, she is free, free of pain that was uncontrollable, finally peace and rest

The minister spoke eloquently concerning her life

Stating that she had done her very best

He spoke about a transition of peaceful sleep

His message I hold dear

And will forever keep

Locked within my heart until we meet again

My soulmate Virgie

My best childhood friend....RIP Sis.


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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, Thank you very much.....

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful poem. Sorry for you loss.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Yes, I knew it was you..HaHa..You SHINE...

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      Cheers, Ruby. HAH-HAH!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Integrity, Thank you for kind words..Cheers

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      You are a very deserving lady. I definitely voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree, Nice to see you..My sister was not into sewing, but she loved doing ceramics. I have some pretty pieces she made for me. Thank you so much for coming..Cheers

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      Lisa Chronister 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This poem is beuatiful and touching, I am sorry for your loss. I voted up and beautiful!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Your poem reminded me of my sister who used to stitch dresses for me. Nice tribute!

      Up and beautiful.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello raciniwa, I've been wondering about you. You haven't written anything for some time. I miss you too. Hope you are ok. Thank you for words of kindness..Hugs.

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      May she rest in Peace! it is sad to know that she's gone but i know her memory lives...you're such a sweet soul Ruby...miss you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Picadilly, So nice to see you. Thank you for your uplifing comment. It means a lot to me..Thank you for prayers..Cheers

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 

      6 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      My dear your sister although gone from this world is still so much with you I am sure! A new angel with wings to watch over you as you complete your journey her in this world. What a lovely woman she is to embrace the color of purple... a passion for the loving of life I feel she embraced. You have been so brave to share thhis facet of your life with so many..thank you! I keep you in my thoughts and prayers! xo

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lord, Thank you so much for reading, your comment touched me deeply. You are correct, when sadness hits us, the first thing we want to do is grieve on paper. Eventhough she is gone, her memory is with me daily..Cheers my friend..

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      So Sorry Always,

      there are times that we keep a fast pace in our schedule, but came back to get a surprissing read and sadly, your soulmate is gone to join our maker. The more we see life as a second of time for our creator, the better we appreciate it. This really moved me to tears... We as writers have a different spirit and we attempt to lay it down in our own creativity. Thanks for sharing a very important part of you in this hub.

      LORD

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello acaetnna, Happy to see your beautiful smile. Thank you for hugs and prayers..Blessings my friend..

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      acaetnna 

      6 years ago from Guildford

      Beautiful work as always but such a shame it was in these circumstances. Hugs and prayers to you Ruby.xx

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello unknown spy, Thank you so much. Your words bring comfort...

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Beautiful write Ruby, though when I read your sister passed away, i felt sadness.

      May God always be with her and to your family as well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, Somehow I missed your comment. Thank you so much for coming and for your blessings. I know i will see her again, and she will be pain-free, that's the wonderful promise God gave us..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Erin, Thank you so much. I must say that this has brought a hurt that lingers, I know in time i will heal. Thank you my kind friend. Thank you for love. I appreciate you more than i could ever express...

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      Erin LeFey 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      Ruby, you have my heart dear sister, I can only imagine how you must feel. Your words are a loving tribute and your sister, I'm sure, is missing you too. May you be comforted by love and memories and knowing you are loved by so many who are praying for your peace and healing through this time. Love always, Erin

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      ruby, you made me choke, while reading this beautiful poem.

      bless you, my friend!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, Sweet of you to come by. Thank you. I will always have treasured memories. Cheers my friend..

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      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Aaawh, such a sweet tribute. Sorry to hear about that. I'm sure you will Treasure those sweet memories you have - the time you spent together. Take Care.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello shiningirisheyes, Happy to meet you. Your comment touches my heart. thank you so much..Cheers

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Ruby - First- I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones. Losing a sibling is a loss like no other. You did your dear sister proud with this eloquent ode to her wonderful life. I am honored for having read this.

      Blessings

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drpastor, She knew the Lord. Bless you for coming by. Love you too.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Wynnestudios, Your comment is so true..Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Prasetio, Bless you for coming by. Thank you for thoughtful words...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello ShalahChayilJoy, Happy to meet you. Thank you so much...

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Hi Ruby love you much!Pray tht your sister knew the Lord, absent from the body, present with the Lord she is.

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      wynnestudios 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Remembering the best moments mean the most. Great hub!

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, Ruby, I am so sorry for your loss. I believe that your sister is smiling on the heaven. My love and my pray always for you. God bless!

      Prasetio

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      Shalah Chayil 

      6 years ago from Billings, Montana

      Such a beautiful tribute to the love shared between sisters.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello girltalksshop, Happy to see you and thank you for kind words. Cheers my friend

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      girltalksshop 

      6 years ago

      Sorry for your loss of a beloved sister. Obviously still close at heart. Beautiful poem tribute too.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, Thank you. Spend as much time with your Sister as possible. Hugs to you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Docmo, Thank you for a thoughtful comment. I have lots of good memories of her..Like they say, " Gone but not forgotten. " Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Girish, Nice to see you. Thank you for commenting. I appreciate your kindness..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello b., Thank you for comforting words. Gone but not forgotten, True. She had two daughters and five Grandchildren who will miss her terribly. Thank you again my friend...

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Oh Ruby, I am so sorry for your loss. I would be bereft without my sister. Hugs to you across the miles my dear!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Dear Ruby , please accept my sincere condolences ( and hugs) on your loss. This is a beautifully breathtaking eulogy. She will be so proud of your thoughts and memories.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      very nice, deep and loving hub, a beautiful tribute to the sister, Kudos.

      Girish

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      What a Beautiful Tribute to your Sister, Ruby. I am so sorry for your loss. You've got a lot of Happy Memories and stories to share with the family and friends who also loved her...Gone, but never forgotten in our Hearts. LOL, dear Friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello snakeslane, Thank you. She was here before I was born so i've never been without her, there's an emptiness inside that will heal in time. Thank you again for kind and loving words..You're welcome, I love the song too..

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Dear always, I can feel the deep love you shared with your sister Virgie in the words of this lovely elegy. She loved the color of lavendar is such a sweet reminder that the important moments of our lives are shared with the people who know us best. Kind regards and sympathy, snakeslane. Thanks for the song.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, Your words are so true. Memories of her will forever be with me. Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dexter, Thank you for coming by. All of my friends commenting makes it easier. Thank's again...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Donna, Thank you. Your comment is very touching. I appreciate your kindness..

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Even though people pass away, they will always live in our memories.

      Your composition is so wonderful.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi AE. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Thanks for sharing with us this tribute to your sister and friend.

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      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      My condolences, Ruby, but what a wonderfully touching way to pay tribute to your honored friend. You are awesome!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am well Hyphen. Thank you so much. I'm getting back into reading hubs. I am so far behind. Cheers my Dear friend.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I just came back to let you know that I am thinking of you and hope you are well today.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello WannaB Writer, Your comment is so comforting. Thank you so much. Cheers my friend..

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      It's a lovely tribute you've written for your sister and "soulmate." How fortunate you were to have her in your life. What a loss for you to lose her. I wish you peace and comfort as you continue life without her on earth, but with her in your heart.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello EPI, It's good to see you. I have been out of the loop, trying to deal with this death, plus so much more. I will be around. I've missed you too. Thank you for sweet words. Warm wishes to you my friend...

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      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      RUBYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY - where ya be?

      I love my Ruby and I miss you.

      This lovely heartfelt tribute says as much about 'she' as it does 'you' - the lady behind the pen with the lovingly pure heart and the beautiful mind.

      lake erie time 11:54am and sending my warm wishes and good energy to you

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello leigh anns Page, Happy to meet you. Thank you for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lesley, Thank you so much for thoughts and hugs, I appreciate you..Cheers my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Debbie, Good to see you. Thank you for thoughtful words. I've been out of the loop, I'm sure I've missed some of your poetry. Cheers my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ytsenah, Thank you so much, and yes, Susan Boyle has the most beautiful voice. Cheers Thank you again..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, Thank you so much for comforting words. I do miss her. I know time heals pain..Cheers my friend..

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      leigh anns page 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Beautiful,wonderful poem. Sorry for the loss of your sister

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Dear Ruby, I am very sorry to hear about your sister, this is such a beautiful tribute to Virgie, to experience a bond like this is so very special...

      I am sending you love and hugs and am thinking of you, Lesley x

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh How beautiful.. and so sorry your lost your friend.. Bless you my dear. You picked a great video.. Susan can sing wow!!

      debbie

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      Cathy 

      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      So sorry about your loss. Truly. And what a powerful singer, Susan Boyle, is to close your language of tribute. Best regards.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      My dear Ruby, so sorry about your sister. I know the bond I have my brother and can only imagine how you feel. You are in my prayers Ruby, as well as my family. I am sure in time she will know exactly how you feel and all you left unsaid Ruby. This tribute says a lot. In time my dear friend, she will wait. Know that this is only the beginning Ruby. Always in my heart, Ricky.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Becky for coming back to give me a hug. Bless you..Cheers

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hugs Ruby. Just to let you know I am thinking of you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I haven't been able to express my gratitude the way I wanted to. I want you all to know that I appreciate you all very much. Your words of comfort means the world to me. You all are like family to me and I dearly love you all. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Poetic, Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg, Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj, Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Hyphen,Thank you my friend..

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      Ruby, so very, very sorry for your loss. How fortunate you were to be so close to your sister and to call her your best friend. Your poem is a beautiful, loving tribute to her! God bless you.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Just had to drop by and offer my condolences, Ruby, on the loss of one so dear to you. It was a beautiful tribute to your dear sister and a lovely poem, truly a chance to express your love and deep connection with your soulmate. My deepest sympathies on your loss.

      May God send you comfort in this difficult time.

      Love,

      Peg

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I am picturing you, Ruby, with tears running from your eyes as you typed this lovely tribute to your soulmate sister, Virgie. And I can see you smiling as you recall how much she loved the color, lavender, and how grateful she was when you gave her a gift in that color.

      She is now at peace and looking down on you with love and gratitude. Your beloved memories, my dear, will keep you strong. Trust me, I know. Love, bj

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Your poem perfectly describes why I always wanted a sister. It is a lovely tribute to Virgie. I know you miss her so much and faith in Jesus gives us the hope of seeing loved ones again someday. It will be a happy day when you get to embrace her again. Bless you dear always exploring.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello BeyondMax, Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello bearnmom, Nice to meet you, Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Flora, Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sophie, Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blaise, Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kris, It was good to see you too. Your Grandma Virgie was always me big sister protector. We share a lot of memories. She was so proud of you and your sister, each time you got another degree she would brag. I went to your counselling site, very impressive. Thank you for commenting, stay in touch..Love

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Ruby,

      My heart is heavy for your loss that you have expressed with such love, wonder and beauty. I can only imagine the feelings you are experiencing right now.

      I am sending you all of the love and hugs I possibly can. Today, I will also wear lavender. Your sister will "always" be with you, my dear friend.

      WHAT a powerful heartwrenching song, so perfect!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Becky, Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Janie, Thank you for commenting...Cheers

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      BeyondMax 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Dear Ruby, I am so sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers to you! This is such a heartfelt loving tribute to a sweet dear sister, you are amazing!

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      Laura L Scotty 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      This is very nicely versed. I'm sorry for your loss. Keep writing. In times of loss, I find I write my best poetry.

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      Flora Breen Robison 

      6 years ago

      This is a beautiful tribute to your sister and best friend. We should all be so lucky to have such a close relationship with our siblings. Hopefully your memories of her will bring you comfort.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Ruby I am so sorry to hear of your loss. A friendship that lasted so many years and will continue in your memories. Sending you big (((Hugs)))

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      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Ruby, I am sorry for your loss. A lovely tribute to a lovely person.. (((((Hugs)))) to you my dear. Take care.

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      Fehl Dungo 

      6 years ago from close to you...

      I'm sorry for your loss. *hugs* This is so beautiful and touching. Your sister is surely happy and never leaves your side. xoxo

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. You write of her through love, and your years of friendship will always remain with you. She found peace without pain and there is alot to be said for that. I am sorry you lost your friend, your sister someone so dear to you.

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