Monday, September 08, 2014

Remembering Tina Downey

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Tina Downey


I’m posting today, as are a huge number of us, in honor of a blogging friend who I really only “knew” for a little over three months. Tina Downey passed a few weeks ago and is the first that I know of in “my” blogging community who has gone on. I didn’t know her as well as some others in this community, however from her passing I’ve learned so much about how she touched others whether they knew her well or not. And isn’t that one of the things we all hope for when we go? That others honor our passing, acknowledge what we meant to them when we were alive? A legacy of love. That's what I’m finding about Tina. She has left behind her a legacy of laughter, brightness, faith, and love. I hope that her husband and her sons will one day read at least some of the massive amounts of tributes being posted about her today and in the weeks past, and that these memorials will warm their hearts when they see how respected and loved she was in return for all she gave. So, as these were her favorite flowers, here are my sunflower photos in memory of Tina who shined brightly in so many lives. I am glad I knew her even a little.


In honor of a warm and bright blogger and friend...
A sunflower field in France...

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful sunflower that you grew and the field is amazing. If Tina is watching all of us today, she must be smiling.

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  2. Hi Lisa - lovely tribute for someone so many of us felt close to ... your words are so appropriate ... as too the sunflowers, the fields of golden bowing sunflowers .. She changed perceptions of life for many of us through our connections with the A-Z Challenge ... lovely to read this .. cheers Hilary

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  3. I think those are the largest sunflowers I've seen yet. Beautiful pictures and a lovely tribute.

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  4. Lisa, a lovely tribute to Tina. As I wasn't involved in last year's A-Z I didn't really know her much, but she must have been a wonderful person. Beautiful photos.

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  5. She would appreciate those photos.
    That is all we can hope for - that we will be remembered in a positive way.

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  6. A legacy of love :)

    *Perfect* choice of words, Lisa.. and yeah I agree, I hope the Downey men will one day have the chance to step back and share (amongst themselves) all the thoughts and comments they have from reading all of ours...

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  7. I think about the first time Tina talked, she got me... perfectly and we were instant friends. THANK YOU!

    Jeremy

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  8. So very true. Lovely tribute, Lisa.

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  9. Thank you, Lisa, for honoring our dear companion blogger. Tina touched so many with her big heart and outsize personality. Her influence will carry forth in our blogging community.

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  10. What a lovely tribute in Tina's memory. I think this would have made her so happy. Life is Good.

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  11. Those are all beautiful flowers for a beautiful lady!

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  12. Beautiful pics.
    I share your hope that her family will see the tributes and know how many lives she touched. The best part of the internet is that these posts can last indefinitely. Hopefully they'll bring some comfort one day.

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  13. I love those pictures, Lisa. And I know your words would touch her as they touch me. :) Dragon Hugs!

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  14. Beautiful pictures... especially that field with thousands of windswept sunflowers...
    Life is good!

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  15. It's always so difficult to find words to express how we feel when someone leaves us forever. Pictures are a great substitute.

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  16. I like that. A legacy. Well said.
    Thank you,
    Heather

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  17. I'm amazed and pleased by the outpouring of love and memories Tina has inspired. I'm not surprised though knowing Tina as I did. Thanks for being a part of this tribute.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  18. that was a pretty dang good tribute :)

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  19. I think you summed that up perfectly. It is a great thing to be missed and loved by so many- no matter how big or how small. There was once a store clerk in my local grocery who always had a friendly smile and a positive word. When she passed, I felt the loss. I didn't ever need to visit her home or even know her last name to love her spirit.

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  20. I feel very similar to you. I never knew her, and I'm realizing more and more that that's my loss. These tributes are beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking.

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  21. Wonderful tribute to Tina.

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  22. Beautiful. Just like Tina.

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  23. Each time I read a tribute, I tear up. Still making my way through the list-- lovely words here for a lovely, lovely woman.

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  24. The sunflower next to the red flowers is lovely, and doesn't enjoy a field full of sunflowers?

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