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"Tulip Angel" (Parrot Tulip 'Rococo') Nikon D300, 105mm, F/8, 1/40s, -1.0EV, ISO 1000

"Tulip Angel" (Parrot Tulip 'Rococo') Nikon D300, 105mm, F/8, 1/40s, -1.0EV, ISO 1000

The photograph was easy. Writing this post was not.

Early Tuesday morning, following a brief illness, Gertrude Noyes passed peacefully at her daughter’s home with her family by her side. How do I know this? Her daughter is my next door neighbor and dear friend Nancy, whom I’ve mentioned several times before in this blog.

The news wasn’t a surprise but nonetheless, not easy to hear. I found myself sobbing while reading sympathy cards in the aisle of a local store, and again, while trying to pick out the perfect flowers. I wasn’t crying for Gert – she lived a good, full life, or for Nancy – she is the strongest person I know. I think I was crying for me, overcome by the sense of loss, hoping someone will feel this way when my time is up.

Gertrude was a spunky little bit of a thing, with a cherubic face and playful wit to go along with it. She liked to tease Nancy and we were a willing audience. You just never knew what humorous comment was going to come out of her mouth! I guess when you live past 80, you’ve earned the right to say what you want.     I hope I get the chance to do that.

She loved flowers and watching the birds, Cardinals and Goldfinches were her favorite. She liked to keep her hands busy, whether that was helping in the garden or working on some sort of needle craft (several examples of which can be spotted around Nancy’s home). She made a mean potato salad and looked forward each summer to lobster rolls – on griddled hotdog buns, of course!

But most of all, Gertrude was loved as evidenced by the family and friends that always surrounded her. She will be missed.


Gertrude M. Noyes          December 23, 1920 ~ October 13, 2009



    • Lori Hitchcock-Mietk
    • Posted October 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm
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    Very well spoken. I am saddened and touched by what you wrote and I’ve never even met her. And for the record, you are very much loved and thought of by your family too, even though we don’t live close enough to see each other often!

  1. Thanks Lori – I needed to hear that. (Being very well spoken must run in the family!) 🙂 You are also very much loved and thought of often. Hugs and kisses from across the miles!

  2. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

    • Thanks a bunch Savannah! I appreciate the encouragement! 🙂

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