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“In Memory of Mary”

Description from Southern Chick: This is let those of you who knew Mary aka Smokey Rose, that she passed away yesterday after struggling with lung cancer over the last couple of months. I asked one of her brothers if I could share the sad news with her limabead friends. I will really miss seeing her online. Please remember her family at this time.
Love to all of you.


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  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Donna, I am just stunned by this tragic news about our beloved Mary aka Smoky Rose. She was such an important part of our lives here at LB and in mine personally when I first came on this site. She actually “sponsored” me to become a Chick. I will miss her so much. She would have loved this beauty of a pick, Donna. Even though I wish this wasn’t true, thank you for letting us know about Mary. I will keep her spirit with me and her family in my prayers.

    Blessings to your and your family, Donna.

    KPJEWELS says:

    I am totally shocked by this news. A lovely pick to honour Mary.
    I will keep her in my memories and may God look after her and her family.

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers while you go through this sad time.

  3. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    I’ve been taking a medical leave this fall. I’m fine. I heard from one of her brothers that her favorite color was blue…Virgin Mary blue. The only thing missing on this pick is a Kitty Cat! Maybe those of you were remember could create a Mary pick and then I could share this site with her family. What do you think?

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    I too am totally shocked by this news, Donna what a lovely pick in her memory,. I wiil keep her in my prayers .May god comfort her family thanks for sharing this with us!

  5. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Lovely pick for a Lovely Lady! I will keep Mary and her family in my prayers.

  6. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Although I did not know Mary, I will remember her in my prayers. A lovely pick,
    Donna, in her memory.

  7. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    O goodness!!! I had no idea!!!!! I am in shock and I can only imagine what those who knew her personally are going trough!!! We here at LB love her sweet heart and keen wit and she is so missed!!!! To Mary’s Family I can only say how truly sorry I am and that I am praying God will comfort you as only HE can!!!!!!!

  8. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Donna, thank you for letting us know. A sad day, indeed. I am sending thoughts of comfort and healing to her family.

  9. Gina P - Delta Chick
    Gina P - Delta Chick says:

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. This is a lovely tribute for your friend Mary.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Donna, thank you for creating this lovely pick in memory of our sweet Mary. I am stunned, shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of her death.
    I have spent some time this morning looking over some of her fresh picks and comments.
    She was so special to us here on the LB site and she will be missed. I wish her family peace.

  11. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    I’m going to send a link to her brother Hank, so that he can also look at Mary’s fresh picks and the comments left by her friends. Thank you all for you sweet comments and compliments.

  12. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I still remember her saying that she worked at a cancer treatment center, and that she wanted to make it the best possible experience for those who were dealing with that awful disease. She was a good friend and a really fine lady..the best kind of Chick.

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Donna, sending a link to her family is a lovely idea. Thanks for doing that for all of us. I’m still in shock today over Mary’s passing. I will miss her so much.

    I also remembered that she worked for one of the best cancer treatment centers in the country, and couldn’t help but think of the irony of her passing because of that same disease.

  14. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    I Can’t believe it!!! I’ve been wondering where she was. She was always such a wonderful friend & an inspiration to us all, she had so much to over come. My love goes out to all her family, she will be missed, so young & beautiful, & giving of herself!!!

    Thank you, Donna, for letting us all know I’ll always miss her, her humor, her talent, &
    her friendship!!!
    Dear Lord, please take care of our Dear, Dear, Mary!!!! BIG HUGS to you, Smoky Rose………..I’ll miss & remember you always!!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Thank you, Donna, for sharing the sad news with all of us. Though I was not as close to Mary as many of the rest of you, I remember a great deal about her here on LB. She was such a caring, giving lady…the epitome of the word lady…and she will be greatly missed. This pick is a lovely memorial to someone so special.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you, Donna, and with her family and all the others who loved her so much. May you all find peace, and comfort in knowing that she has found peace and freedom from her illness. Love to all of you.

  16. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    I’ve been talking with her brother today. I was able to send him a link directly to Mary’s Fresh Picks.
    Here is his response that he just sent to me. He is in charge of creating a “life collage” and he says that it is:
    “Meant as a celebration of life, these are things (her fresh picks) I couldn’t get to or have known to exist – so,
    THANKS!!! h

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thank you for doing that, Donna. I remember that Mary & I first connected as friends through our comments on the Fresh Picks (this was in the pre-Garden days). We learned so much about each other that way — especially our love of animals, Bruce Springsteen, smoky quartz, and the Southwest! Such wonderful memories! :)

  18. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    We’ve been together for quite awhile, haven’t we? At least a couple of years…That’s a long time in computerland, isn’t it? Probably translates to 10 years in computer life?!?! lol

  19. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    This site has been an amazingly wonderful way for us to connect with new friends through our shared love of jewelry making. Mary will never be forgotten by any of us who were lucky enough to have known her. :)

  20. Violet
    Violet says:

    So sad to hear the news of our dear Mary…
    Thoughts and prayers of comfort go out to you and her family…
    she will be missed…

  21. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I did not know Mary, but her family is in my thoughts! I hope it’s ok to put this here….
    Holy Father, we raise our hearts to You today for those who have passed out of this mortal life. In Your loving mercy, Father of all, be pleased to receive them in Your heavenly company. This we ask in Christ’s name. Amen.

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Such a beautiful prayer, Cindy — thank you for sharing it with us and Mary’s family.

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Yes, Cindy, I agree with Lynn…it’s more than OK, it was a wonderful, thoughtful thing to do, and a very beautiful prayer. Than you.

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news from Lynn Eileen. I didn’t know Mary, but I wanted to pass along my condolences and to tell you this is a wonderful tribute to your friend, Donna. I am sure she would be very touched.


  25. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Donna, I too am deeply saddened and stunned to hear the sad news of Mary Smoky Rose’s passing – I definitely have wondered how she has been doing, as she was such a warm, caring lady and friend to us here on this site – remembering also how much she loved smoky quartz, and got her LB chick name from Anita, I believe.

    I’m so glad you talked to her brother Hank, and sent him a link to her Fresh Picks, as her Picks are definitely in several spots in this site, testament to her creativity, warmth and fabulous jewelry making talents that she shared with all of us. Sending deep condolences to her family, and prayers for their healing!

  26. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    It’s so hard to believe “no more Smokey picks”
    It still has’nt sunk in!!! It has been such a honor to haved shared so many sad & fun moments with Mary!!!!

  27. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I’m in shock!! She was taken way too young! My thoughts are with her family at this time. It’s a great idea to share this link with her brother so he can see how much she touched all of our lives in one way or another. She definitely will be missed here.
    A beautiful, blue pick in her honor…and blue is how I feel right now.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I’m so shocked!!!!!! I missed her around here…but never thought it’d come to this!!!! She was so nice when I first joined the group!!!!!!!! I will pray for her family as they go through this tough time! :(

  29. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Here is a great picture of Mary that Hank posted. It looks like she’s looking Heavenward. She seems so peaceful and serene in it.


  30. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, Donna — Thank you so much for posting this wonderful picture of our dear Mary! She really does look just like you described! :)

    This is also a lovely thing to do for those here who didn’t know her, Donna.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Thanks Donna for posting this lovely picture of Mary.

  32. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Donna, please tell Hank we sure appreciate his posting this picture of Mary, to remember her.

  33. Steph
    Steph says:

    So sorry to hear, Cancer has to be stopped it took my dogs life lastnite, couldn’t let him be in pain anymore. It so horrible this cancer a cure has to be found.

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Such a beautiful picture…. I agree she is looking heaven-ward.

  35. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    I agree Steph that cancer is a horrible thing for people and pets. Mary is the second friend that I’ve lost to cancer in the past 6 weeks. I know that they’ve made a lot of gains in cancer research, especially since my mom’s death in 1998 from Ovarian cancer. There is still much more to do.

  36. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    SO sad to hear of Mary’s passing…she was always one of the main chickies on LB. Talented and funny. She touched so many of us here. I will remember all her beautiful picks and comments…so sweet

  37. Sandy S
    Sandy S says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family- As one rock hound to another. You are now free to fly!!

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    I am so shocked by this! haven’t been here much lately and just happened to stumble upon this and am stunned. though I can’t say I knew her well, I felt a connection to her, and loved her polar bear stories. my thoughts are with her family and friends.

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