I already emailed a few of you as soon as I heard the news yesterday (and deep apologies if I missed you out inadvertently) but for those of you who followed Bernie's Craft Closet I have sad news. Some of you will know that Bernie stopped blogging quite suddenly last year, we knew that she was battling lung cancer but it still took us by surprise as her last post in August 2013 was pretty upbeat. But that was Bernie of course.
Cutting a long story short, several of us have been writing and emailing to Bernie's address but with no response. The other day I thought about going through old emails I still had from Bernie and looking to see who she might have copied in - and I hit upon a lady called Lori living in Maui (Hawaii) - where Bernie originally hailed from.
It turns out that Lori was Bernie's sister and she sent me a very sweet email, but saying that 'Bernie succumbed to her illness a little over a year ago, after a difficult and hard fought battle. She passed away at home with Jim. They had breakfast together, talking and enjoying each other's company, and a short while later she was gone'.
From that I gleaned that there is the blessing that Bernie was at home, with her beloved Jim and that it was possibly more sudden and less protracted than it might have been.
Isn't this a beautiful photograph of a wonderful, fun and caring lady? Just look at the happiness shining out of those lovely eyes. She did light up our lives for sure.
Rest well my very dear and sweet little friend Bernie - you touched our hearts and will be so very much missed.
All my love,