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I met Mary in elementary school, and we went school together through 8th grade. I just learned yesterday, May 14th, that she was a victim of Floght 3407. My mind is flooded with so many memories it is hard to separate them. I last saw her awhile back at the Langford Jamboree, and again once since then. I lost touch a few years ago when my latest Christmas card was returned as undeliverable. I've probably known Mary for 35 years!! My thoughts go out to her family, especially her parents. Mary was a great person, and I am very lucky to have been able to call her friend.
I did not realize until today, while watcing the news on the "hearings" that mary was killed in the crash. my heart broke for her mother and her father and her siblings. My father (chris puleff) brought us to saint georges church when we where kids. we also had alot of fun at church camp. mary has a great family, and i always liked her mom and dad.
As we both ran in airports, we passed, a quick hello, a hug, with small talk as we both knew we had to catch our flights to where ever we had to be. This past week, I felt as if you were with me as I traveled into the big blue sky, you will always be with me in my thoughts and will miss you. You found happiness in all you did, never a bad word and all your kindness to those you touched. As we grew older, our families spread out, we could always feel that time stood stil when we would see each other. Will miss you cousin and will do my best to care for those you loved and help them heal the pain of their loss of not being here. much love your cousin Timothy
Mary & Family- My heart is saddened by the tragedy that has entered your world. As a former neighbor my heart was always gladdened and warmed as you walked your greyhounds! I know and understand the love and compassion of rescue adoption- what a special person to participate in such self-less care! You are on to greater causes, I wish you peace, and all the greyhound puppy kisses heaven can give you!
THE PERSONAL SIDE OF MARY Unconditional love was my nature, be it human or animal or plant freedom condensed then expelled when cruising with my "engine girl", my motorcycle, my cleansing in motion, shaking off life's concerns, worries, job stress - cool man, cool my head and hands as one tearing down walls, feeling and smelling of spackle, paint, caulk renovating my life I love change, it's good don't stand in my way goals to be met be my friend work with me, don't just stand there I am growing, I am creating I don't have time to be idle, even in downtime - rest man, rest walk with me, play with me let's plan a trip, no I will plan a trip I will say where and when you will be pleased, you will have fun - time to chill man, chill food for my soul sharing bread, breaking bread a spiritual time circle of family, friends around the table of life laughing, teasing arguing, helping with words of love my apple pie food for your soul food for your life - making my bread man, breaking bread man with you tick tock, tick tock time slowing down I'm ahead of you, old man time time to grab my girl run onto the path of adventure catch some fish ride the ocean tick tock, tick tock my minutes are longer Geneva! Jenny! mama says.... let's go!
Guest Book for Mary Julia Abraham February 19, 2009 Mr and Mrs Abraham, My dad worked with Mr. Abraham years ago, Charlie Carl. I was very saddened to hear Mary was on that plane. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marybeth Carl-Kozlowski (Charlotte, NC) February 19, 2009 To the wonderful family of who was in life, Mary Julia Abraham. My deepest condolences to your whole family. I knew and met Mary one time when Irma and Iris my friends took me to visit Tia Tita. What a wonderful time I had with your whole family. I remember Mary a spunky, fun loving and friendly individual. I will always remember her ...bright eyes and happy face. The world is a better place because of Mary. Be comforted, with the wonderful memories of such a giving person. She touched so many people in her short time here on earth. God Bless you all in this sorrowful time... RIP Mary. A friend, Marcelina Rodriguez-Rondon (Buffalo, NY) February 19, 2009 My deepest sympathies to the entire family. I just learned that Mary was on flight 3407. We will trully miss her. Tina Brown (Boston, NY) February 19, 2009 There is so much to write about Mary, I do not know where to begin. I have known Mary since we met at the 865th CSH in 1997. We instantly became the best of friends. We fished together, worked together, and she helped me when I was sick...her wonderful spirit changed a part of my life that I will never forget. I was blessed to watch her serve as my First Sergeant at the 5th Med Gp - she so cared for her troops. Mary retired on my birthday, and yesterday I had the greatest honor bestowed me in 25 years of service on my last day of service - presenting the Flag to Mary's mother. Mary will always have a place in my heart till we meet again. My retirement and future fishing trips will be in her honor...Mary was a true gift from heaven, and now she is a gift back to heaven. My prayers, my thoughts, and my love to Mary's family. CPT Denise Alexander (Columbus, OH) February 19, 2009 I've known Mary through our business association with Invacare for many years. She was more then that. A true and giving friend to me. We shared the love of riding and had many conversations about the freedom one feels. I pray that she has that Freedom for all of eternity. Bill Paton (Tonawanda, NY) February 18, 2009 I served with Mary in the Army Reserve many years back. Her genuine enthusiasm and willingness to serve will never be forgotten. She was certainly an inspiration to all. My deepest sympathies go out to Mary's family. CSM Dale Flagler, USAR (Alexandria, VA) February 18, 2009 And this is where Mary loved to pretend she was fishing... Steven Dyviniak (Springville, NY) Show picture February 18, 2009 To Mary's family, I worked with Mary and of course became a friend. As everyone has said, she was so full of life and love for living to the fullest. Bye Mar I'll miss you. Karen Roberto, (Depew, NY) February 18, 2009 Dear Tita, George and Family, Mary was more than just a neighbor. Mary was more than just a friend. Mary was an incredible human being filled with love and life. When I learned of her passing, all I could think of was her Orthodox cross and how much it meant to her. And if I can't convey the full impact she had with the preceding words, I have been blessed by her very being. Steven Dyviniak (Springville, NY) Show picture February 18, 2009 To Mary's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Mary had the unique ability to connect and relate to everyone she met. We spent a few days traveling around for work sharing many stories about family and the military. She was so enthusiastic and passionate about her job it was contagious. I appreciated her candor and the insight that her life provided to others. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. God bless you Mary. Matt Spence (LaGrange, OH) February 18, 2009 Mary was in our graduating high school class. Unfortuantely we did not keep in touch over the years, we last saw her at our 20 year reunion. She was a special person and many of us have been in touch this past week and have fond memories of Mary. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Rest in Peace Mary- Your West Seneca East Classmates Pam & Brian King (West Seneca, NY) February 18, 2009 "A Reminiscence" by Anne Bronte YES, thou art gone! and never more Thy sunny smile shall gladden me; But I may pass the old church door, And pace the floor that covers thee. May stand upon the cold, damp stone, And think that, frozen, lies below The lightest heart that I have known, The kindest I shall ever know. Yet, though I cannot see thee more, 'Tis still a comfort to have seen; And though thy transient life is o'er, 'Tis sweet to think that thou hast been; To think a soul so near divine, Within a form so angel fair, United to a heart like thine, Has gladdened once our humble sphere. Dear Mr and Mrs Abraham & family, Yesterday I read of Mary's passing, you have all been on my mind and in my prayers since then. She loved you all so dearly and what's more she wasn't afraid to show it either. I admired Mary for many things through our school years but the loyalty and devotion she had towards you was beyond measure. From the start, she and I were an unlikely pair, but because of the proximity to one another in our neighborhood, we were drawn together and initially connected to each other in that way. I was lucky enough to have called her my friend. During those years, she taught me so much through leading by example: unconditional love, tolerance for differences, tenacity to the task, humor whenever possible or needed, humility, and patience. She was rare, an inspiring human being, simply...UNIQUE. It's humbling to know that I was blessed enough to have had her in my life. Comfort to all of you as you remember Mary and how she has so obviously touched us all- Love, Kim Sweet (West Seneca, NY) February 18, 2009 May God bless you in your time of sorrow. I worked with Mary at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. She was an inspiration. Kellie Lightcap (East Concord, NY) February 18, 2009 My deepest sympathy to Mary's family and friends. Her great smile and wonderful personality will be greatly missed. Debbie Spieker (Lorain, OH) February 18, 2009 Only met her a few times but was a joy to be around. You'll be missed. May you REST in PEACE. Ernie Seeley (Elyria, OH) February 18, 2009 This has been a true loss for everyone who knew Mary. I speak for many of us in the Motor Maids. Mary brought joy and laughter to sooooo many of us. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God be with you, Brenda Hickling-Thatcher Motor Maids, Inc., President Brenda Hickling-Thatcher (Toledo, OH) February 18, 2009 You will always live in our hearts and minds with colorful memories of your spirit. Fran Spidare (Copley, OH) February 18, 2009 Dear Tita, George and Family, Your Mary was a beloved and cherished member of the Motor Maids. She enriched the lives of each of us and made us better people for having known her. We played together, enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of motorcycling. Her spirit will always be riding with us. We share your grief and sorrow and we will keep your family in our prayers. Patti Kientz (Toccoa, GA) February 18, 2009 Mary...Ride your bike across the sky! Debra Daniels (Swansea, SC) February 17, 2009 Ruthann and Family... My very deepest sympathy and prayers...My heart has been heavy from the moment I learned of your loss...I only hope your memories will be of some comfort... Blessings to all of you... Christy Lang (Charlotte, NC) February 17, 2009 My deepest sympathy to the loss of your loved one. May you be comforted knowing that Mary was well thought of by all that knew her. I went to school with Mary and knew her through friends after school. I remember last summer I was looking to buy a motorcycle and Mary offered to take me for a ride on her bike. I was so thrilled and full of excitement after the ride I decided to purchase one of my own. She took the time to talk to me about what to look for in a bike. The day I purchased my bike I thought of Mary and how I had hoped to ride again with her. I later learned that she had been taken from us on the day I bought my bike. I will remember Mary and her special way of helping and dealing with others. She was indeed a special woman. I only wish that time would have allowed for me to get to know her better. To Mary's closest friends and relations, may you be comforted in having known a very special and dear woman who loved all of you very much. Kathy Biryla (Cheektowaga, NY) February 17, 2009 Dear George,Tita & Family,Our prayers are with you all for your tragic loss. "May Her Memory Be Eternal" Love,Reg , May Woodward & family May & Regis Woodward (Niagara Falls, ON) February 17, 2009 Tita, George y Familia, Que el amor de la familia y amigos les brinden consuelo en estos momentos de dificultad y tristeza. Estan en nuestras oraciones. Dios les de mucha fortaleza y les bendiga siempre. Carmen Santiago & Librada (Rafy) Cruz - Hormigueros, PR (suegra y cunada de Victor (Vitin) Matos) February 17, 2009 When the news was told of that tragic night the hearts of every person at Invacare felt a deep pain and gasp of disbelief. Yes, Mary was employed by a company named Invacare, but in reality Mary was part of the fraternity we shared for all so many years. Not just a job, but a way of life that was only made better with Mary’s presence. We lost a member of our family last week, a sister who will be greatly missed. She did it right. Dan Girard (Oconomowoc, WI) February 17, 2009 My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mary's family. I'm sure that all your special "sister " weekends and dinners will bring back wonderful memories to you all. I have heard so many wonderful things about them. I have many memories of Mary helping her friends and family members and also bringing laughter into their lives and mine. I helped her select wallpaper for her house several times. She was very particular, so I harassed her a lot. I also remember Mary coming to see her sister and I at the Westfield Craft show every year and sometimes bringing her friend who was in a wheelchair and pushing through the crowds of people and not minding it. Mary was a very kind, helpful, and wonderful person. We will all miss her very much. All my love and prayers to the family. Kathi Comeau (Cheektowaga, NY) February 17, 2009 My prayers and heart felt condolence to Mary's family and friends. I too am sorry for the loss of our Invacare co-worker, I knows she leaves many memories to all of us here. Mary was one of kind! Bob Brown (New Orleans, LA) February 17, 2009 To the Abraham Family: My deepest sympathy to all of you. I too had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mary for the past 10 years. She was an inspiration and her laughter was so contageous that it would put a smile on your face. Everytime we spoke she would ask how my daughter was doing. She was a woman with wisdom beyond her years and was always willing to share that with anyone who was willing to learn. You raised a wonderful daughter and you should be very proud of all she accomplished. I will miss her terribly and so will the many others of whose hearts she touched. All we can do is live life unconditionally as "Mary" did. God Bless you Mary Julia Abraham! Holly Williams (Lorain, OH) February 17, 2009 To Mary's Family, May you find comfort and peace with the love and support from family and friends and all of your fond memories. Mary and I were friends and colleagues. Her enthusiasm will be greatly missed Karen Henderson (Indianapolis, IN) February 17, 2009 I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Mary's passing. She was such a caring and ourgoing person. She had the ability to make everyone around her laugh until they cried. I'll cherish my memories of this extraordinary woman. It was a gift to know her. JoElla Schrader (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 I spoke with Mary often when i worked over in corporate pricing. She was always so friendly and upbeat and I would enjoy it when i would hear her voice on the other end of a call. she was the kind of person that made you feel like you've known her a long time. My prayers go out to her family,May you take comfort knowing she is in Gods hands Donna Long (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary's family. Mary will be sadly missed. Kathy Roig (ELYRIA, OH) February 17, 2009 My deepest sympathy to all of Mary's family and friends. Mary touch many lives in her short life. She tought me to be strong and that you can do anything you put your heart and sole into. She was a very special lady. She will be greatly missed. I can only hope that your wonderful memories will help comfort you in this time of loss. Anyone that knew her will have a empty spot in their hearts. Sincerely Carole carole Grannnis (BINGHAMTON, NY) February 17, 2009 I have known Mary for 10 yrs and talked to her almost every week . She always brought a smile to my face and made any day brighter...My thoughts and prayers are with all her family ,friends and co-workers. We have all be blessed to know her. "The World is a less fotunate place but Heaven is Singing and Dancing with Mary's arrival." audrey kodger (elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 Our deepest sympathys from her friends at Homecare Newengland Scott Crowley (Cumberland, RI) February 17, 2009 Mary was one of my sales reps at Invacare before moving on to her Respiratory position. She was always wonderful to work with and willing to help in any way that she could. She would stop and see us F/S girls when she was in Elyria. Her visits always brightened the day. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. She will be missed. Denise Stump (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 didn't know Mary very well, but I liked her. I remember her having a spunky attitude,... a real "go-getter". Losing Mary is losing a friend... even to those who didn't know her well. Rest in Peace, Mary. Jenny Bliss coworker-Invacare Jenny Bliss (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow. Mary will be sadly missed by her Invacare family. Sandy Habecker (Lorain, OH) February 17, 2009 To the family and friends of Mary-my deepest sympathy for your loss. Mary always had a beautiful smile on her face and she welcomed you with a warm embrace. My prayers go out to her family and friends. Mary Jo Caserta (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 My thoughts and prayers are with Mary's family. I recently had the pleasure of finally meeting Mary face to face, after speaking over the phone for the past 10 years while at Invacare. She will be dearly missed. Always remember that Mary will be watching over us all. God Bless Margaret Sheldon (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 To the Mary's loving family and many friends, you have my deepest sympathy. I enjoyed each moment I was capable of spending with her, and found her genuine nature and warm smile enlightening each time we spoke. As a fellow veteran and motorcyclist, we found that we had very much in common, and always had something to share. And while I will miss that very much, I can't help but smile each time I think of her. Godspeed, Mary. Steve De Sha (North Ridgeville, OH) February 17, 2009 My deepest sympathy goes out to Mary's family. She was one of my first sales representatives, she helped me in so many ways. She always greeted me with a smile and a hug. She will be dearly missed by all of us at Dove Medical. Loretta Carr-Stock (Clarence, NY) February 17, 2009 I Do Believe by Jennifer Janiszewski There is nothing I can do, to make her come back There are no words I can say, that can replace her words you long to hear There are no answer's I can give, that will satisfy your questions There is not another soul I can introduce you to that will ever replace her And, there is no love I can offer that will ever replace the love you shared I can not promise your broken heart will ever be complete I will not say it could have been worse I will not deny it was a tragedy I will not lie and tell you she will come back She never really left I do promise she hears you when you speak I will say she loves you no matter the distance I will not deny she is in a better place And, I will not lie; she is waiting to greet you someday She is with every step you take She is in everything you do She is the air you breathe She is every beat of your heart "She is like the wind. You can not see her...but you will always feel her" Donna Wilson (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 To all who have had Mary touch their lives - we all know how sad and empty we feel - but rejoyce in her life and who she was and what she stood for - we all need to pay it forward for Mary - pass it on so to speak -- do something nice for someone with out need to or being asked to -just because .... that is how I will remember Mary ...always doing for others - just because it is the right thing to do....I talked with Mary often and will remember the life and the person....to her family I wish you Gods blessing and hope you find comfort in your family and friends. Invacare will miss her very very much. Marcia Stuart (elyria) February 17, 2009 Mary served as our Invacare rep for many years. I believe one of the finest tributes I can pay to Mary is to say that I never heard Mary say a bad thing about anyone. I have know very few people in my life who I can say that about. Doug Westerdahl (Rochester, NY) February 17, 2009 Sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayers are with you! Diana Pleaugh (Rochester, NY) February 17, 2009 I am so sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayers are with you! Diana Pleaugh (Rochester, NY) February 17, 2009 Mary was our Invacare rep for years and was one of those people you just loved having walk through the front door. Her larger than life personality and laughter were contagious. Her genuine interest and concern for others were always evident. She had a spirit that touched so many others. She was so proud of her "other" job (the Army). Mary and I talked a lot about our shared love of dogs and going up and down the thruway between Buffalo and Rochester to visit our sisters. Even after she changed positions and moved to Cleveland, we knew we could always call Mary for advice or help. She was a professional in every sense of the word. Mary made the world a better place. We feel fortunate to have known her, and will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, whom she loved so very much. Jan Haefner, Audrey Putney, and the entire staff of Rochester Oxygen. Jan Haefner (Henrietta, NY) February 17, 2009 I knew Mary from the Army Reserve. She was a true professional in every sense of the word. May God bless and comfort you in your time of loss. MAJ Rich Matuszak (Medina, NY) February 17, 2009 So sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful person to everyone! You couldn't meet her and not think of her as your good friend. I know we will all miss her. May you find the peace and comfort you need at this time. Donna Wilson (Amehrst, OH) February 17, 2009 To Mary's family and friends -my deepest sympathy for your loss. Mary had such an outgoing personality and will be missed here at Invacare Shelly Fada (Elyria, OH) February 17, 2009 Every time Mary would stop in to vist us in Financial Services at Invacare, I couldn't help but smile. She is a bright star that will be missed so much. To know her is to love her! My prayers to her family. God Bless! Roxi Lisi (Grafton, OH) February 17, 2009 I met Mary when she was part of my husband's reserve unit and I was Family Support Coordinator during Desert Storm. She was always the first one to see if anyone needed a hand or a shoulder to cry on or just to talk. She was there for me when my husband died and when things were the darkest I knew I could call Mary and she would have just the right thing to say to me to get me through. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go to her family and I know she is watching over you from above. God bless. Beth Williams (Lockport, NY) February 17, 2009 To the Family & Friends of Mary Abraham, I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Mary's passing. I met Mary in April 2007, and we became fast friends and work colleagues. What a wonderful, loving and enthusiastic person. Mary cared so much for those she considered friends and even acquaintances. She was passionate about her work, and life itself. She was the consumate professional. Mary had that unique gift of sincerity, what you saw is what you got. Mary was a genuine person and friend. We were like "Peas & Carrots"..that is how we referred to our relationship as we worked together, for 21 months it was the Mary and Rufus show. God has blessed all of us for knowing Mary, and may the God of our universe, comfort the family and friends of Mary Julia Abraham, Mary, you are missed, in Loving memory, Jane, Scarlett & Rufus Rufus Walston (Greenville, NC) February 17, 2009 Never before have I met someone so full of life as you. You will be missed. Bill Daniels (Wadsworth, OH) February 17, 2009 To the Abraham family- We at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital express our deepest condolences for your loss. Mary was a wonderful and caring respiratory therapist here. She will be greatly missed by all of her friends. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (Springville, NY) February 17, 2009 1SGT Adranham was one of the very best 1SGT the 5th Medical Group ever had as a dedicated professional Soldier who loved her troops. She was known for her wonderful cheerful smile, loving heart and passion for the NCO core. She will stand tall among the angles in Heaven. MAJ Kidd II Charles L Kidd II (San Antonio, TX) February 16, 2009 Christina & Family - Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache: but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. We are thankful that you have many happy memories of the special woman that was your Aunt Mary to carry through life with you. Brian & Dayle Cotter (Orchard Park, NY) February 16, 2009 The Family of Mary Julia Abraham: Please know that so many around the area are blessing your loved one as they make their transition. A neighbor who cares! February 16, 2009 In October of 2008, I had the great opportunity to work with Mary @ Invacare's Respiratory show in Anaheim, CA for 3 days. In many of our conversations, I will always remember her telling me she loved her life and job with Invacare. Your energy & enthusiasm will be missed within Invacare. Kye Osti (Seal Beach, CA) February 16, 2009 To Mary's brother George: My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the sudden tragic loss of your sister, Mary. Despite the fact that I never met her, knowing you and your father through my brother Guy and from all of the wonderful things said about her in this guest book, she was a wonderful person and deeply touched many lives. You and your family are in our prayers. Gail & Sadie Schaefer Gail Schaefer (Tonawanda, NY) February 16, 2009 Abraham Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ruth Breidenstein (W.S. Receiver of Taxes, NY) February 16, 2009 My deepest sympathy to your family in this time of an unimaginable tragedy. I went to high school with Mary & haven't seen her in many, many years. I remember a sweet, funny & kind girl, sadly gone before her time. God Bless Diane McCormick-Cwiklinski (Cheektowaga, NY) February 16, 2009 May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. SSG. D.M. Hickey usar ret. February 16, 2009 Dear Abraham Family, When my mother called to tell me I knew someone on that flight, my heart just dropped, then to find out it was Mary. We went to grade school together, grew up on Seneca St. together. It's a tight knit community and at times like this we realize just how precious family, friends and neighbors are to us. Mary could always brighten up a room with her smile. I remember going to my cousin's house (Kerner's) and playing w/Mary while they were building it, then we went onto high school, graduated together and she went off into the reserves. She was a wonderful person. Memories of her will keep her alive FOREVER within all your hearts and ours. God Bless. Debbie Block-Elliott (Oakville, ON) February 16, 2009 Dear Tina & Family, I can still remember the day you walked through the door of ProSource with your Sister. My God , I thought these two look like exotic movie stars. I think she said that she got the looks and you the brains. !!She was a pleasure to work with. My heart goes out to you. It was obvious how much you loved each other. May your memories bring you peace. Pat Gascoyne PAT GASCOYNE (AMHERST, NY) February 16, 2009 George , Barb and the entire Abraham family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you . Steve Kane (Lackawanna, NY) February 16, 2009 To Mary's Family, Mary visited me in Albuquerque while she was in Product Management and we spent a Great afternoon in Santa Fe, Georgia O'Keefe Museum and Shopping. I will miss her. We had trained together over 10 years ago at Invacare and I will always consider her a Great Friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Barb Kelly (Albuquerque, NM) February 16, 2009 Mr. and Mrs. Abraham and family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Mary through American Homecare Supply and will always remember her smile and vibrant personality. She had a true love for life and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you all. Alicia Rzepecki (Getzville, NY) February 16, 2009 Dearest George, Tita and family, Our hearts are broken, words seem so inadequate. Mary was such a beautiful girl, she hit the genetic jackpot from both of you. We just can't believe such a tragic thing could happen. Our sincere and deepest love and concern for all of you. Love, Bruce and Carol Bruce and Carol Belling (Amherst, NY) February 16, 2009 Mary was a true to the heart person. She stood tall and had the greatest sense of humor. I was blessed to have known her and she will be missed so much. Louise Shopoff (Lorain, OH) February 16, 2009 Nos unimos a la pena que embarga a la familia. Que Dios le de fortaleza , paz , consuelo y soporte espiritual en estos momentos. Sentimos mucho la pena, Dios le bendiga,- Carlos Torres ( Familiar) y Esther M. Olivencia Carlos y Esther Torres (Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico) February 16, 2009 I am so very sorry for your loss. Mary was my friend and colleague. I am left with many fond memories of her as we were roommates many times in the first several years that we worked at Invacare. May the Lord provide all of us comfort during this difficult time. Patti Coale (Port Orange, FL) February 16, 2009 Mary will be truly missed. Cheryl Cheryl Celotto (tonawanda, NY) February 16, 2009 Dear Mary: When I learned on Friday that you were on flight 3407, I prayed to God that it was a mistake. “Couldn’t be”, I said, “please ‘make this right’ and undo everything”; “Can we play Thursday over again? Can we put Mary on a different flight”, I asked. But it was too late, so I prayed that you didn’t suffer. I recall the first time we met at Invacare. A new TBM at Invacare 10+ years ago, visiting (HQ) and Sales Support for the first time, we realized that we had a common interest. Both involved in rescue – we shared photos of our ‘wayward’ dogs! In later years, I remember you coming over to TW and saying you were now retired from the U.S. Army Reserves when many people were not aware that you had even served our country. You were always modest when it came to that sort of thing – what you contributed … whether it was with the Army, Invacare, Dealers, or Patients – and, of course, our beloved rescued dogs. Mary, there are so many who will miss you … To Mary’s family: Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. Your daughter, sister, and aunt, will be sadly missed. Pat Repka (Wellington, OH) February 16, 2009 Mary's smile and bubbly personality will be very sadly missed but truly not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Abraham family. May God bless you all. Gina Dalton (Lorain, OH) February 16, 2009 I had just gotten to know Mary, being a new member of the Regional Training team that she was a part of, but her enthusiam and dedication was infectious. She was willing, without hesitation to share her time and expertise to help you. I will always remember her. Lois Brown (westlake, OH) February 16, 2009 Mary was awesome. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to loved ones she left behind. She will be sorely missed by her Invacare family. Liz Mowrer (Wakeman, OH) February 16, 2009 Dear Tina, Franco and family: Keeping you all in our warm thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. Love to you all. Lissa & Jeffrey Carroll (Buffalo, NY) February 16, 2009 Me uno a la pena especialmente a Tita y Familia que Dios te de la PAZ Elvin < TRACA > Pabon (cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico) February 16, 2009 Thoughts and prayers with you all! John Ferguson (Liberty, MO) February 16, 2009 It is so rare in our lives that we meet a person that always seems genuinely happy and full of life. We never knew Mary to be anything but cheerful. After meeting with Mary and absorbing her positive energy, she had the ability to change the outcome of your day. She was always helpful and willing to share her extensive knowledge. She will be sadly missed by everyone here fortunate enough to have known her. The Staff of American Homecare Supply, WNY (Buffalo District, NY) February 16, 2009 I am so sorry for your loss. Mary will be greatly missed. NOREEN PREGUN (ELYRIA, OH) February 16, 2009 Mary was one of a kind and will truly be missed. I had the privilage of knowing her and what a wonderful person she was. She just would light up a room she was sunshine!! judy kilbane (north ridgeville, OH) February 16, 2009 My deepest sympathies go out to all of Mary's Family and Friends. I was also a friend and co-worker of hers and she will be missed greatly here at Invacare. She was someone who could always put a smile on our faces and push us to get the job done. I am positive she is still in charge and loving it! May piece be with Mary and all of her loved ones. Tonya Schmidt (Elyria, OH) February 16, 2009 May the Lord hold Mary in his hands, and the rest of us will hold her in our hearts. To Mary's family, I hope all your memories will bring you comfort and peace. She will be missed. Kandee Koleski (elyria, OH) February 16, 2009 To Tita and George, our deepest sympathy! Jimmy and Cindi Ruiz (Amherst, NY) February 16, 2009 I would like to express my deepest sympathy to both family and friends. I have worked along side of Mary for over 10 years. We have sort of a kinship between us, in that we started our careers at Invacare at the same time and even went through training together. She will be greatly missed and I am so saddened by your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Jeff Dewberry (Little Rock, AR) February 16, 2009 Forever in our hearts. May you rest in peace. Scott Hassel (Manalapan) February 16, 2009 George and Tita Abraham Our prayers are with you and your family. May she be in your hearts forever. Audrey and Bryan Bleich and Family (Las Vegas, NV) February 16, 2009 My thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of Mary. Mary was always so friendly when she would stop by the office here at Invacare to say hi. Sometimes she would bring us little gifts from the Buffalo area. She was a generous, friendly and kind person. I will miss her. Mary Shufelt (Elyria, OH) February 16, 2009 Dear Abraham Family, I am so saddened to hear that Mary was aboard the tragic flight. I knew Mary from school—from kindergarten through graduation. Mary Abraham. She was such an integral part of our class fabric. She was always smiling her GIANT SMILE and had such a warm, loving way about her. For some reason, Mary always made you feel that everything was going to be alright. I last saw Mary at our 20th reunion, about 5 years ago. It was such a treat to see her. I always loved seeing Mary Abraham. And who didn't? She always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. My heart goes out to you. I wish you every peace. Lisa Francis Hoffman (East Aurora, NY) February 16, 2009 When I think of Mary I always remember her smile, her laugh and her real zest for life. Even though we knew each other through our work I always considered Mary my friend. She always left you knowing that there are happy, sincere people out there that really care about everyone they meet. May God bless you Mary. Your spirit and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kim Piccillo (Cheektowaga, NY) February 16, 2009 TO THE ABRAHAM FAMILY, MY DEEPEST SYMATHY ON THE TRAGIC LOSS OF MARY. I WAS ASSOCIATED WITH MARY WHEN SHE WOULD VISIT AMERICAN HOMECARE SUPPLY. SHE WOULD LIGHT UP THE OFFICE WITH HER INFECTIOUS SMILE AND KINDNESS. KEEPING YOUR FAMILY IN THOUGHT AND PRAYER. JUDY BEATTY AMERICAN HOMECARE SUPPLY February 16, 2009 Querida prima Tita y fa. Anoche tuve conocimiento de la inesperada y trágica muerte de Mary Julia. Sé que es bien doloroso, pero recuerden que Dios no pone cargas en hombros débiles, su confianza en El les traiga el consuelo, y la foratleza necesaria en estos momentos de profundo dolor. Estoy segura que así será. Nuestras oraciones estarán con ustedes. Mi confianza está en el Dios que todo lo puede, Jehová dio y Jehová quitó. bendito sea su nombre siempre. Un mensaje especial a nombre de mi querido hermano Víctor (Vitín), Dios les bendiga. Carmen Matos y fa. Solís Carmen Matos Martínez (Carolina, Puerto Rico) February 16, 2009 I had the privelege of getting to know Mary over the last 10 years as a partner at the Invacare Corporation. Her passion and caring for the people she met was her greatest gift and the world is a better place because of her. Even though we lived many miles apart, she left a memory with me that I will not forget Dean Olejniczak (Neenah, WI) Show picture February 15, 2009 Tita, George y Familia, Lamentamos muchos la perdida de Mary, especialmente cuando ocurre de una manera tragica e inesperada. Esperamos Dios le de la fortaleza necesaria para sobre llevar este momento tan doloroso. Nuestras oraciones y pensamientos se encuentran con ustedes. Familia Matos-Cruz (Cabo Rojo, PR) y Del Valle-Matos (Norwich, CT) February 15, 2009 With loving memories of dear Mary in East Jr High School musical productions, entertaining all with her joyful enthusiasm and vibrant smile. Althought it has been 30 years since, Mary remains one of this teacher's most memorable and loved students. With prayers and sympathy to her family and friends, Shirley Torch WS East Jr Music Dept (retired) email@example.com Shirley Torch (Clayton, NY) February 15, 2009 Dear Tia Tita and Tio George, I loved so much my little cousin Mary. I was so glad to see her grow as a kind and wonderful human being. I was very proud of her dedication to help others and her kindness toward her family. My son Alexander felt she touched his soul when they met 5 years ago. We are deeply sorry for her loss. We dedicated a mass to her in our parish. God bless, I pray that God will give you strength to find peace in this difficult time. We love you!!! Irma N Torres (Safety Harbor, FL) February 15, 2009 My family was blessed with Mary and her beautiful personality, we will always remember her for her love to us, her puertorican family. Our love and hugs to Tia Tita, Tio George and all my cousins. God bless you with Peace and Comfort. Iris Torres (Danbury, CT) February 15, 2009 When Mary stopped into Invacare's Customer Service department, she always displayed that infectious smile and had a great big hello for everyone. She will be missed. Andrea Collins (Homerville, OH) February 15, 2009 February 12th was the day I enlisted in the Army and from that time 9 years ago I never met a better soldier or friend than Mary Abraham..... or "Top" as we so lovingly called her. I last saw Mary at a get together of "Cool Army people" and she gave me the biggest hug. She was always the most warming, caring person and she made you feel like you were the most important person in the room..... no matter what rank you were. I am so devestated by this but I KNOW Top and I know she would tell me "Nelson get up and stop crying, we have a @%#%$ of a lot of stuff to do" and of course she would say it with that crazy Yankee accent. I love you Top and I will miss you till we meet again. Hooah and God Bless to the family that raised and developed such a wonderful human being as my 1st SGT. LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE!! Brandy Brandy Nelson (Anniston, AL) Show picture February 15, 2009 To the Family of Mary, I knew Mary from her association with American Homecare Supply through Invacare. She will surely be missed. She always had a smile and lit up the room when she walked in. My sympathys go out to you at very tough time. Eileen Karlis American Homecare Supply Eileen Karlis (West Seneca, NY) February 15, 2009 Dear George,Tita and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God Bless Mary and the entire Abraham family. Harold and Janice Sugg (Bayonet Point, FL) February 15, 2009 My deepest sympathy to the Abraham family ,Mary was a special person who made people happy to be around her. God Bless you all and know you are in my prayers. Kathy Diaz (Lackawanna, NY) February 15, 2009 I was heartbroken to hear today that Mary Abraham was among those on the flight. Mary was an open, warm, friendly, kind person who always had a smile and who I believe was the first person to befriend me -- a self-conscious, awkward kid -- in the 7th grade when I switched schools. She decided right away that i was going to be her boyfriend, and although that didn't last long, we remained close friends through senior year. I saw Mary at our 20th year high school reunion in 2003 and she was the same down-to-earth person as ever. I tried to contact her last year but her email had changed, and I regret not trying harder to locate her and reconnect. I only have good things to say and warm warm memories of Mary. Positive energy to Mary's family and friends and all others who have been affected. xxoo mike Mike Chiodo (New York, NY) February 15, 2009 Mary, queda a tus padres y a mi, tu tia carmen un tramo corto para recorrer por esta tierra... Dios te ha enviado por ti, muy temprano para nosotros y doloroso a su vez. El consuelo es que tu seras una de las estrellas que nos guie y la luz que ilumine el camino por los cielos de Dios. Mary querida,no olvido tus visitas a mi casa en Puerto Rico y lo que lo disfrutabas. Tita y George, ya la veremos pronto y la demas familia, aceptacion y fe en Dios, que bien la acogera en su seno,los ama tia carmen,de PR Carmen Flores (Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico) February 15, 2009 I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. My condolances to the Abraham family. I worked with Mary at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. May you find comfort knowing Mary served her country proudly and that she touched so many lives through her career. Lisa Pettit (Arcade, NY) February 15, 2009 My deepest sympathies to Mary's family & friends, you are in my prayers and may your heart thats filled with sorrow soon be replaced with all of the wonderful memories of a peaceful Mary. I too was a friend and co-worker of Mary's at Invacare, she will greatly missed. May she rest in peace. Yvette Burks (North Ridgeville, OH) February 15, 2009 You will always live in our hearts and prayers. barbara Knauer (LTC USAR, Ret) (Williamsville, NY) February 15, 2009 My deepest sympathy to the Abraham family. I knew Mary through work and learned so much from her over the years. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met and I will truly miss her smile as she always lit up the room. amy brunner (Buffalo, NY) February 15, 2009 To Mary's precious family, She has been granted her wings. Mary and I served together in the US Army Reserves. As always, she radiated professionalism. We served with the 98th Division in the 865th and the 11th BN before she left for a First Sergeant position. I have so many fond memories of her and can't forget that big smile. My world was better for having known her. Sincere sympathy and I will keep you in my prayers. Sharon Johnson (Calgary, AB) February 15, 2009 Mary was my aunt Jen's best friend since grade school. I remember sledding down her backyard with my brother and sister. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Jen, I wish I was there with you to give you a big hug. You will carry her spirit and life forever. I love you. Carrie D'Angelo (Cape Coral, FL) February 15, 2009 My sincere simpathy to the Abraham family and all the friends that knew Mary. To know her was to love her. She offered such energy and love to all, what an incredible spirit. I met Mary many years ago when we worked as Respiratory Therapists together at Betrand Chaffee Hospital and she touched my heart then and through the years. I will never forget her and her incredible love for her family, friends, pets, her home and the military. I will miss you "Sarge" Sharon Phillips (lake view, NY) February 15, 2009 Mary was a wonderful person. At one time, Mary was our Rep from Invacare, until she moved on to better opportunities...After working with Mary for so long she became a friend..She will be missed by all...My prayers are with her family and friends...John Pirrone John Pirrone~Respiratory Therapist~KABA Healthcare (Williamsville, NY) February 15, 2009 I don't know why I even read the Obituary's today. I was shocked to see Mary's name. I worked with her at BryLin, many years ago. She was so full of life! I had not seen her name on the passenger list till now. My heart goes out to you. She was so very supportive when I lost my son suddenly. Mary and her passion for life will be missed. Helen Mateer (Boston,, NY) February 15, 2009 May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Debi Kingsland-Brown (Newport, NC) February 15, 2009 Dear George, Tita and Family: We are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We know your hearts are breaking. There are no words to truly express the sorrow from the loss of your loved daughter and sister, aunt. May you find some comfort in your many memories of Mary. You are all in our hearts and prayers at this most difficult time. Frank & Joann Koletar (Hudson, FL) February 15, 2009 My sincere sympathies to the loved ones of Mary Julia Abraham. I met Mary on February 12th, and spent many hours with her at work in New Jersey, before she left for the plane ride home. She exuded a very happy spirit and touched many patients in her work. Though I only met her that day, she left a memory that will never be forgotten Michelle Silber (East Orange, NJ) February 15, 2009 To Mary's family, how can I begin to express the loss I feel for you as I know my heart is broken. Mary and I have been friends for close to 35 years, she was my best friend. She was a loyal, caring, trusting, loving, reliable, giving, warm light of my life. I loved her and she was part of me. She welcomed me into your syrian/puerto rican house and changed my life forever with her smile and spirit. She was there for me through everything, even when my own mother buried her child, Mary was my rock. Heaven now has her, she finished her work here on earth, she was happy and content. She wanted so much to move back home to be close to her family, she had her house, her dogs, love, finished her degree and loved her job which she excelled at. Riding her bike, working in the yard or on the house, doing puzzles or spending time with family and friends, she gave us so much of her. I am better because of my friend and I have been blessed to know her. She will forever be a part of me and my heart. Thank you for sharing Mary with me. Jen Pfentner (Clarence, NY) February 15, 2009 My deepest sympathies to the entire Abraham family. Mary was a friend and co-worker at Invacare. I will miss her smiling face and her "get it done" attitude. May she rest in peace. Vicki Frisbie (Olmsted Falls, OH) February 15, 2009 My cousin Mary such a short life and yet you lived it to the fullest. Prayers to our family and many friends that you have touched. Rest in Peace Pamela Priano (Carmel, CA) Show picture February 15, 2009 I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a good friend of mine and will be missed. She and your family will be in my prayers. Karen Taylor (Amherst, NY) February 15, 2009 mary-you touched the lives of many,gone way too soon,keep on hitting that ball up in heaven,my prayers are with you and all your family and friends. christine mellerski (lancaster, NY) February 15, 2009 My sincere sympathies go to the entire Abraham family especially to Mr. and Mrs. Abraham and to my dear friends, Ruth Ann and Mike Stilwell. I met Mary when she was a teenager. She was fun loving and always had a smile on her face. I know she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Rosanne Wagner (North Tonawanda, NY)
I just found out about Mary this afternoon and I'm sorry I was not in attendance for services today. I didn't spend as much time with Mary as I would have liked, but in the brief time I did spend in her presence, it was easy to sense that she was a unique and special person. I'm sorry I'll never get the chance to know her a little better than I did. Her family and parents are warm and beautiful people and to them, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies. I'm so sorry that nobody from the Whiting branch was there, but please know that you are in our thoughts and will remain in our prayers. Sending much love and wishing for you more peaceful days ahead.
I work with individuals who have disabilities and need assistive devices to overcome their chalenges. That is how I met Mary. The following is an email I shared with the staff at Neighborhood Legal Services. I was impressed years ago to find out that the entire population of the planet earth is linked by supposedly no more than seven degrees of separation. I remember thinking to myself. "Wow, I know someone, who knew someone else, who knew someone, who knew someone, who knew someone else, who knew someone, who knew somone, who knew or was related to John Lennon, Ghandi, John Kennedy, or anyone else of importance." Now, with the horrible crash of flight 3407 and the loss of 50 lives, I am overwhelmed how the crash and total loss of lilfe involving a small commuter plane has deeply affected all of us. No longer are there seven degrees of separtation, there are one or two, at the most three. Ellen's son has lost his cantor. Wally knew one or more of the Northrupp Grumann execs. Several people knew someone who was supposed to be on that flight but, didn't make it for some wonderful reason or another. I just found out that the State AT Project lost a close friend, Mary Abraham on this same flight. When I was doing so much of this grant work by myself, it was very hard at times to be all things to all people. Mary was a regional rep for Invacare Products (the wheelchair company promoted by Arnold Pallmer on TV.) When I needed product info for fair hearings, Mary was there. When I needed a demo on a product Mary was there. If I wanted to know where a good Lebonese bakery was located, Mary was there. Mary got a promotion to Invacare's education staff and at the time of her death was coming back from an evaluation workshop for Vet's in New Jersey. She knew the importance of meeting the needs of the hundreds that we sent off to sacrifice themselves so that our sons or husbands wouldn't have to go. After all, she was retired Army sergeant, herself. I really didn't want to believe it when I saw her name so I called several local wheelchair stores only to find out that they were all on a skeleton crew because most of the staff were at services for Mary. While many of you may not know it, you know me and I knew Mary and Mary knew NLS and appreciated the work that we did for our clients. She often referred to us as, "the guys who fight the good fight!" Good bye Mary, till we meet again.
I remember Mary from the Indiana Convention of the Motor Maids. She was a real delight. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, and she will be truly be missed by Motor Maids everywhere.
I worked with Mary at Associated Healthcare when she did oxygen. She was one of the nicest people I know. We went to Ohio to the Invacare plant and then spent a night in the flats having a "few" cold ones. I will truly miss her and her radiant smile. I am keeping her and her family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. She will be truly missed in the medical community as well. Mary made everyone's life better by just being a friend. I will miss you and talking to you about your "babies" God bless you.
Mary was loved deeply by her friends and her family. She always had a smile on her face and was a very loving person. I cannot even imagine the pain that her family is going through. For the time she was here, she brought joy into many lives. She will be greatly missed. I send strength, prayers and love to all her family.
I knew Mary through my husband's reserve unit. I was Family Support Coordinator during Desert Storm and Mary was always there willing to cheer up someone or help out in any way possible. She kept me going after my husband died and I knew when the days were the darkest I could call her and she would have just the right thing to say to me. She will be missed by everyone her life touched in any way. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and I know she will always be watching out for you from above. God bless
Always smiling -- the first time I met her at my mother's 80th birthday party, she was smiling. The little times I spoke to her on the phone I could hear the smile in her voice. I did not know her too well since I live so far away but I knew, from what I heard and what I saw, she was a great person. My family loved her. That says a lot. I know Mary will be truly missed. Her spirit and her energy will live forever. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you asthe world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -- John 14:27
I knew Mary from my years in the Army Reserves. She was one of the finest soldiers I ever had the privledge of knowing. She will be missed by all those who came in contact with her.
Mary was a very dedicated motivated soldier... "A Soldier's Soldier." She rose thru the ranks fairly quickly thru her motivation and dedication. All gave some.. some gave all! Mary wil be sorely missed.
My name is Kit. I went to school with Mary from first grade through high school. We were together in most classes as our last names both started with an A. I saw Mary the last time at our 10th High school reunion. It was a long time ago,but when I heard her name I felt like it couldn't be true. Mary had the biggest smile and a very quick wit. She always had so much going on and yet always had time for others. I knew back then that she would leave her mark on the world. Her family was always her passion and especially her nieces and nephews. Mary loved having friends over back then and parties in the backyard. She really enjoyed "football" parties with as many people as she could get. At one of these parties she introduced me and my husband. She thought we might like each other and set things in motion. I have never forgotten that and remember her laugh when told that we were going to see each other. I was thinking of her not so long ago when my oldest son became a U.S. Marine. I thought wouldn't she be surprised to know that what she helped start brought two great men into the world. I never was sure she was really serious about going into the Army,you know how teens change their minds all the time. When she came to our class reunion wearing her uniform my first thoughts were she really did it!! And then I knew how strong she was. It always showed when she was young but I admired her for giving her life to the Army. I was so proud of her and told her that. She smiled and said it was what she wanted to do. As usual she just shrugged and acted like the sacrifices she made were just"part of the job". Even when you don't keep in touch with those you knew from your youth it feels as though you will never forget them. It is my loss for not trying to keep in touch with Abe. Thank you Mary for all the memories growing up. East Senior would have been a lot less fun had you not touched so many lives. We are blessed to have known you. Thank you for your service to our country. God Bless you . To Mr and Mrs Abraham, family and friends, you are all in my prayers. May God give you the strength to face each day and may your memories forever keep you smiling as Mary would want. you to do. Celebrate her life,honor her and live! Mary would not want us to mourn her,we can be sad but she would want us to laugh and smile when ever we think of her! Our memories will never forget her. Thank You God for the gift you shared with us.....we are grateful. Rest in peace Mary. Forever a friend, Kit
The energy that Mary brought to the Motor Maid gatherings will be remembered. The first meeting with Mary was to hear her shout out "OHIO!" at covention in Onterio Canada. And the last was a big wave good bye from her as we rode out of the Indiana parking lot. She will be missed.
...on my mothers 80th birthday. For 2 hours or so I'll describe a first and only impression of Mary Abraham. Confidence...she just emitted confidence.Smart,witty and carried herself with class. I'm thinking this lady reaaaaallllly has her stuff together! She was too good to be true! Where's the flaw at...as I questioned this I saw the answer. I caught her in a private moment with my mother.A woman I see as a living angel.And I saw her treat her with love and respect . She kneeled close to my mother and told her she loved her on this celebration of her 80th year on earth. A big hug was exchanged and a big dose of respect was just earned on my behalf. Of course I'm thinking that I have all of this time to get to know Mary better and was looking forward to it. On February the 12th He reached out for an Angel and Mary was called to serve once again! God Bless Mary's family and help them through this very difficult time. To my sister Maryellen I know its a dark time for you. But it's time that will heal and the faith that Mary would want you to live strong once again. Honor her life through yours to come. I love you big sis.
Mary lit up more than the room with her presence ,her warm character, and her smile .She was like a Joan of Arc to me,showing us anything is possible ,and GOD willing ,conquer any adversities that lie ahead.IM sure i can speak for all the Maddens,Mary is woven thru our family roots and will never be forgotten.Mary was an angel on earth ,but now has a higher calling with JESUS. LOVE GARY
Dick Madden - There will be one more star in heaven tonight.
Mary was a tremendous person.Ihave only knew her a cpl yrs but i could tell what a special person she was.Very bright;intelligent;helpful;caring;and most of all a great friend to all.Leaving us all so unexpectedly was a shock.But what i got from Mary was being a strong individual and to conquer tasks head-on with ur best abilities was the only way.The positive attitude will always be present in us..from her..I wish her family the best and to keep strong..as Mary would want us to be.....God Bless
Here are two books that have help me immensely - when it comes to Death and God http://theshackbook.com/index.html Please take a look if you have time http://windrumors.com/ If your interested, I just order 5 copies and they will be here Wednesday. This book is a bit more challenging - take a look at the videos and you will get a feel of what she is trying to convey. Thanks and love, Guy http://www.thework.com/index.asp From Byron Katie A doctor once took a sample of my blood and came back to me with a long face. He said he was bringing bad news; he was very sorry, but I had cancer. Bad news? I couldn't help laughing. When I looked at him, I saw that he was quite taken aback. Not everyone understands this kind of laughter. Later, it turned out that I didn't have cancer, and that was good news too. The truth is that until we love cancer, we can't love God. It doesn't matter what symbols we use-poverty, loneliness, loss-it's the concepts of good and bad that we attach to them that make us suffer. I was sitting once with a friend who had a huge tumor, and the doctors had given her just a few weeks to live. As I was leaving her bedside, she said, "I love you," and I said, "No, you don't. You can't love me until you love your tumor. Every concept that you put onto that tumor you'll eventually put onto me. The first time I don't give you what you want or threaten what you believe, you'll put that concept onto me." This might sound harsh, but my friend had asked me to always tell her the truth. The tears in her eyes were tears of gratitude, she said. No one knows what's good and what's bad. No one knows what death is. Maybe it's not a something; maybe it's not even a nothing. It's the pure unknown, and I love that. We imagine that death is a state of being or a state of nothingness, and we frighten ourselves with our own concepts. I'm a lover of what is: I love sickness and health, coming and going, life and death. I see life and death as equal. Reality is good; so death must be good, whatever it is, if it's anything at all. A few months ago I was visiting Needles, the small desert town in southern California where my daughter lives. I was at the grocery store with her when some old friends of the family whom I hadn't seen for decades spotted me. "Katie!" they called out, and they came up to me, beaming. They hugged me, they asked how I was, I told them, then they asked, "And how is your dear mother doing?" I said, "She's wonderful. She's dead." Silence. Suddenly the smiles were gone. I saw that they were having a problem, but I didn't know what it was. When Roxann and I were outside the store, she turned to me and said, "Mom, when you talk to people like that, they can't handle it." That hadn't occurred to me. I was just telling the truth. Until you experience death as a gift, your work's not done. So if you're afraid of it, that shows you what to question next. There's nothing else to do; you're either believing these childish stories, or you're questioning them-there's no other choice. What's not okay about dying? You close your eyes every night, and you go to sleep. People look forward to it; some people actually prefer that part. And that's as bad as it gets, except for your belief that says there's something else. Before a thought, there's no one, nothing-only peace that doesn't even recognize itself as peace. What I know about dying is that when there's no escape, when you know that no one is coming to save you, there's no fear. You just don't bother. The worst thing that can happen on your deathbed is a belief. Nothing worse than that has ever happened. So if you are lying on your deathbed and the doctor says it's all over for you and you believe him, all the confusion stops. You no longer have anything to lose. And in that peace, there is only you. People who know that there's no hope are free; decisions are out of their hands. It has always been that way, but some people have to die bodily to find out. No wonder they smile on their deathbeds. Dying is everything they were looking for in life: they've given up the delusion of being in charge. When there's no choice, there's no fear. They begin to realize that nothing was ever born but a dream and nothing ever dies but a dream. When you're clear about death, you can be totally present with someone who's dying, and no matter what kind of pain she appears to be experiencing, it doesn't affect your happiness. You're free to just love her, to hold her and care for her, because it's your nature to do that. To go to that person in fear is to teach fear: she looks into your eyes and gets the message that she is in deep trouble. But if you come in peace, fearlessly, she looks into your eyes and sees that whatever is happening is good. Dying is just like living. It has its own way, and you can't control it. People think, "I want to be conscious when I die." That's hopeless. Even wanting to be conscious ten minutes from now is hopeless. You can only be conscious now. Everything you want is here in this moment. I like to tell a story about a friend of mine who was waiting for a revelation just before he died, saving his energy, trying to be completely conscious. Finally his eyes widened, he gasped, and he said, "Katie, we are larvae." Profound awareness on his deathbed. I said, "Sweetheart, is that true?" And the laughter simply poured out of him. The revelation was that there was no revelation. Things are fine just as they are; only a concept can take that away from us. A few days later he died, with a smile on his face. I had another friend who was dying and felt sure he knew when his last moment was coming. But we die at exactly the right time-not an instant too soon or too late. This man was intent on doing the Tibetan Book of the Dead thing, and his friends had promised to come to his bedside and do the rituals from the book. When he called them, they all came, and they went through the rituals, and then he didn't die. They went home, and a few days later, once again, he was sure he knew when his last moment was coming, the friends showed up, they did all the rituals again, and again he didn't die. The same thing happened two or three more times, and finally everyone was thinking, "When is this guy going to do it?" They had been called so many times! It was like the boy who cried wolf. He asked me if I would be there on such-and-such a day for so many hours, and I said, "If I can get there, I will." But as he was dying, finally, the people he left in charge didn't even bother calling me. It wasn't the way he'd planned; it was perfect instead.