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Farewell to a Beautiful Lady

Rachel Zibula at 100 years old
Rachel Zibula ~ November 7, 1917 - Janauary 4, 2018

I was diligently working on my post for this week when we learned that my beloved mother, Rachel Zibula, had passed away earlier this evening at age 100. So instead of focusing on completing my post Simon, Otto, and I are frantically preparing to get on the road early Friday morning heading for Montreal to lay her to rest.

The crazy thing is mom had always said that she would wait until at least springtime before she left us so that we would not have to travel in the cold. Instead we were blasted by at least 3 inches of snow on Wednesday night with the wind creating drifts of 1 to 2 feet. Underlying the snow is ice created by the freezing rain that had preceded the snow. Where ever she is, I’m sure she’s totally pissed about it, but grief and remembrance know no seasons.

I am not sure how long we will be in Montreal or whether I will be able to post next week. But I can assure you that I will be hard at it again once we return home and before we leave on our next set of adventures.

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    mal harwood

    Jan 08, 2018

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    I cherish the times dancing with your mom, particularly during the Marines visit. She had a hearty laugh and smiles. Perhaps it was difficult to tell, but I'm sure she was very very proud of you Penny! Much love to Simon, Otto, the boys and the Grand-dogs, Mal, Jerry, and Spirit

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      Penny

      Jan 08, 2018

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      Thank you, friend. Those were good times and I remember what a good time she had. My mother loved to dance, and she was damned good at it! We appreciate the love and support you've all given us. Give my love to everyone, and we'll see you soon.

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    Tanya

    Jan 06, 2018

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    Penny, I am so sorry to hear you have lost your beloved mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel to Montreal and as you retain loving memories of her in the days and months and years to come. Peace, Tanya

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      Penny

      Jan 08, 2018

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      Thank you, Tonya. I appreciate your kind words. Although not unexpected, the loss of my mother is painful for all of us. She was a very special person, and we will always remember her with love.

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    To Travel Too

    Jan 05, 2018

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    Sending love to you and your family at this time.

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      Penny

      Jan 08, 2018

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      Thank you, Jane and Duncan. we appreciate your kind thoughts.

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    Dona Baker

    Jan 05, 2018

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    Penny, Simon and Otto, We are so sorry to hear about this wonderful lady passing. Sending love, Dona Baker

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      Penny

      Jan 08, 2018

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      Thank you, Dona, for your thoughtfulness.

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    Evelyne H Novello

    Jan 05, 2018

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    Beautifully written message. Sooo sorry for your loss. I remember your Mom so fondly!!!

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      Penny

      Jan 08, 2018

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      Thank you, Evelyne. We've known each other since we were two, and my mother absolutely adored you. You are such a special person and like me, she appreciated the kind soul that you are.

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    Rachel Heller

    Jan 05, 2018

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    So sorry for your lost, Penny!

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      Penny

      Jan 08, 2018

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      Thank you, Rachel. You are so thoughtful, and I appreciate your kindness.

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