Fern with Tippy, her first dog, December 1940:
The sad eyes of the little girl became bright, beautiful and happy during our almost thirty four years together, but they have closed upon this world for the last time. The brave smile for her only companion carried her through the dark days until her new life with me, but now her spirit has taken a new path to join Tippy and all the other animal friends she has touched in her life waiting for her on the other side. Just as they can return to visit, so she can and has. Her vision is clear and her suffering is over, she is no longer limited by the body or its ills. She earned it.
Fern put up quite a fight to stay but in the end when it was her time, she passed quietly in her sleep. This was something she always wanted to do. On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 just before midnight she moved on to her new adventure.
Thank you to all who sent your good wishes, crossed paws, prayers, etc. as well as those who donated to help with her care.
Part of me died with her but part of her lives on in me, and in everyone who she touched online and in person. A wonderful legacy. Her spirit shall continue forever.
If you wish to honor her do something special with someone, furry or not, that you care for and think of Fern.
Fern with Amanda, the picture she carried in her wallet:
A beautiful way to remember her, as she may well picture herself.
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I'm so sorry Tom. My heart goes out to you at this time. We all loved Fern and her love for all animals. She was so special to them and to all her friends that she had as well. I will remember that she loved to show us her flowers and the racoons and she loved making soup with her fresh veggies.We will miss her but so glad that she is free of pain and we will see her someday. I have thought of her and wondered how she was doing.ReplyDelete
Our condolences to you Tom!!
Diana, and Oreo
Ohhhhh Tom ...... thankyou so much for letting us know. Dear, dear Fern ..... such a special lady! Mum grew very fond of her and wishes she had found her earlier than she did. You must miss her so much. Those two photos are very special. Thankyou for sharing them. Goodbye for now Dear Fern. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, TomReplyDelete
Oh Tom. We are so very sorry to hear this news. We always loved Fern's wonderful take on life, her love of all her animals and especially her great love of you. We will always remember her with love and affection. Know we have her in our hearts always. No worries and love, Stella and Rory, and Carol xxReplyDelete
What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful Fern!ReplyDelete
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Dear Tom, what a lovely tribute, Fern was such a lovely lady and we will miss her.ReplyDelete
Take very good care of yourself, sending you lots of luffs and hugs
Loves and licky kisses
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What a beautiful tribute to our sweet, sweet Fern. We will never forget you, Auntie Fern - not ever♥ReplyDelete
Huge hugs to you, Tom. We love you.
Mitch, Molly and Sue
Tom, I'm so sorry. Your tribute to Fern and her special love for animals was beautiful. I'll never forget the time I actually got to speak with Fern on the phone. We talked and talked for quite a while...mostly about our pets. We all missed her in Blogville but we will never forget her. Hugs......ReplyDelete
We are so very sorry for the Loss...
Fern has left us with so many LOVELY memories and Wise Words. We will TREASURE them and try to live our lives with the kind of Love and Zest that she did.
I'm so sorry for you and your Fern... she was one of the people who are in my heart forever...ReplyDelete
Oh, Tom we are so very sad to have lost Fern. She was a wonderful blog furiend and I especially enjoyed when she posted about her love for her raccoon families and how they visited her and brought their babies to meet her. She was very, very special and my family loved her. Sending you warm hugs and we hope you continue to post once in a while to say hello and let us share your life with you. Beautiful photos of Fern.ReplyDelete
Sarge, Lori, and Stan
We really enjoy those old pictures and the stories that accompany themReplyDelete
Lily & Edward
Sending condolences to you, Tom, and the kitties. Fern touched us all.ReplyDelete
-Ruby and Otto
Oh Tom, we are so very sorry to hear about Fern. Although we'd never actually met, we felt close to her in a family kind of way. We will always remember her and her kindness and love.ReplyDelete
My heart goes out to you, Tom. You were a great husband to Fern. She always said so. Thank you for this post and the wonderful tribute? My sincere condolences to you!ReplyDelete
I am sorry for your loss. It was wonderful that she had your devoted love and attention. There is no greater gift or comfort than a loving heart I'm so glad the quilt brought her some comfort,but most of all, I am honored that I got to know her. SonjaReplyDelete
Tom, my heart is broken and my sympathy goes to you in the form of a loving hug. I enjoyed my chats with Fern so much and have always wished we could have met one day. Thank you so much for sharing Fern with us and I loved all her great photos she always shared with us. I will miss her. Hugs to you Tom and to all of Ferns loved pets at home with you. Gail Wilson, MIstaya and Maggie from the blog Thelifeofarescuedpoundpuppy.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Tom, I am so sorry you have lost your Fern, but glad to hear she has found peace at last. Thank you for making her last 34 years the best of her life and loving her so much. I could tell from talking to her how much she loved you. I wish I could give you a hug and tell you how much I miss my friend that I never got to meet in person.ReplyDelete
We are so very sorry to hear about your sweet Fern. We are sending you hugs and love.ReplyDelete
Lily Belle & Muffin
We are so sorry. Fern was a good friend and I will miss her. Hugs and love for you, Tom. Please reach out if you need anything.ReplyDelete
Monty, Harlow, Christine and Aaron
We just wanted you to know that we posted a tribute to our sweet friend, Fern.
Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly
Blaine and I send our heartfelt condolences. We both enjoyed phone conversations with Fern, about everything from greyhounds to kitten-rearing to urban farming, health and nutrition. She was gentle and wise. We miss her, as do so many. May memories comfort you, Tom. Blessings and peace.ReplyDelete
Oh Tom, I am so very sorry. I have not been faithful in my blogging lately and missed that Fern was ill. She was a breath of fresh air, always with compliments and nice things to say. I will really miss her... My heart is with you and I will certainly be praying for the family. Lovely tribute. She would be pleased!ReplyDelete
Fern was one of the sweetest, most caring persons I've had the honor to know. She often told me how much she loved you. You were her rock and you will miss her dearly. As will I.ReplyDelete
So very sorry to hear that Fern has gone. I know she will be missed by many. I know you will be hurting so much. Fern was a lovely lady with a big heart for her family, friends and animals she cared for. RIP Fern xxReplyDelete
We are sorry to your loss, Tom. We are glad her passing was peaceful. Whenever I read about or see pictures of raccoons it always make me think of Fern and the family of coons she cared for. She had a beautiful kind heart with so much love for you and her furry babies.ReplyDelete
This was a beautiful tribute for Fern. Thank you.
I know that Fern is now with the loved dogs that passed before her. Missing them so much, she's with them now. She's probably snuck in a few raccoons too, for good measure.ReplyDelete
So very sorry for the loss of your beloved Fern. How wonderful to have such happy memories of her.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry for your loss. Fern will be missed.ReplyDelete
I am so sorry to read this sad news.ReplyDelete
Tom, she loved you with all her heart and said everything good in her life was because of you.
May your many happy memories give you comfort.
We miss you, Fern. We think about you so often. Hugs to you, Tom♥ReplyDelete
What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful Fern..ReplyDelete
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You were in my dreams last night, Fern. I miss you♥ReplyDelete
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