Norma, 12-27-23

Our friend, Norma, whom we sent the first cards to passed away last night. You all made her last months happy and “engaged” with all the cards you sent to her and she was still looking at them and thinking about your notes – in fact she got cards even yesterday according to her daughter Sheryl.

Thank you, Blog Readers, for loving Norma till the end of her life!

54 thoughts on “Norma, 12-27-23

  1. Pat

    Oh gosh this makes me sad but happy she enjoyed all the cards. She looked so good in the recent photo and I hope she was smiling when she passed. Thanks for introducing us to Norma.

  2. Jeanine from Iowa

    I’m also sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. I’m so glad I sent her a card along with all your other followers that sent cards to her. She looks very happy in the above picture. I’m glad you introduced her to us.

  3. Tanya T. in Houston

    Hugs to you and all of her family and friends. I’d like to think of her celebrating with all of past friends in Heaven now. So glad we could cheer her a little bit.

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    Cards make a world of difference.
    Norma is a beautiful lady…the stars will shine brighter with her now.

  5. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Norma looks wonderful in this picture. I’m so happy that she enjoyed our cards. Thanks for the opportunity to share a smile with her.

    Sheryl, I’m so,sorry for your difficult loss .
    God give you the comfort and peace that only He can give.

  6. Teresa in Indiana

    My condolences to Sheryl and her family. Norma looked so happy in this photo. I’m glad we sent her cards to brighten her days.

  7. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

    My condolences to Norma’s family and friends. She seemed like a sweet person.

  8. Rita in Iowa

    Sheryl and family sorry for your loss. And Mary thank you for asking us to give Norma some joy with all the cards she received. She looked very happy in the picture above.

  9. Paula S.

    My condolences to Norma’s family. I’m glad I sent her a card when you first gave her address to us, Mary. I’m glad she enjoyed them up to the end.

  10. Sue Bowers

    Sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. My sympathy to her friends & family. May you cherish the fond memories of her.

  11. Connie R.

    My sympathies to Norma’s family.
    A life well lived and well loved by her family and friends.

  12. Maureen M

    It makes my heart happy that so many of us made sweet Norma happy in her final days! Thanks Mary for organizing this thoughtful gesture!

  13. Martha W in WY

    Sad to read that Norma passed. Although, I’m glad you and your readers brightened her last month of life. May her family treasure their memories of her.

  14. Micky

    Blessings to Norma’s family , may their loving memories give them comfort. To those who sent cards to Norma know how much Norma and her family cherished their thoughts. Peace Micky N Ill.

  15. Bonnie McKee

    I’m sad to hear Norma has passed but it’s wonderful that so many from this group could brighten her last days. ❤️ May God comfort her family.
    Bonnie in Oregon

  16. Dorothy Sheldrake

    Thank you Lord that others would bless a sweet lady that they didn’t even know = acts of love.

  17. Charlotte S in No. California

    My thoughts and prayers to Sheryl and her family. Norma looks so sweet and happy in this picture. Thank you, Mary, for asking us to send cards to her and the other ladies. We need to continue this thoughtful gesture. Just let us know of anyone to add to our list.

  18. Jessica in Florida

    I’m so sorry to read this. May her memory be a blessing and that blessing bring a smile.

  19. Kathy in western NY

    Sheryl, I am so sorry for your loss. No matter how we prepare it still is very sad. It reminds me when I had patients coming in for blood draws for cancer treatments or monitoring blood thinners for heart issues and then they didn’t come in regularly so I knew to check obituaries. I got so attached to many as we felt the same connection to Norma.

  20. Diane and kittues

    Awww. So sorry to hear the news and fir Sheryl and family. I loved Norma’s smile. Blessings to the family.

  21. Angie from Baltimore

    It was my pleasure and glad we gave her something as special as she was. May she rest in peace

  22. Lynette in Orlando

    Make me sad, but glad we could give her some joy. Such a small gesture can mean so very much,. We need to be kinder to each other,

    Mary, thank you for giving us a way to bless someone.

  23. Sandy

    Hi Mary, sad to hear about Norma,lovely photo of her,condolences to her family. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  24. Carolyn Rector from Ohio

    Sorry for your loss, Sheryl. Glad we could help Norma with our cards. God bless this community of ours, brought together by Mary. Thank you for sharing Norms with us.

  25. JoAnn/MN

    My sympathies to Norma’s family and friends. Thanks Mary for giving us the opportunity to send a smile to a lovely lady. Sending cards has certainly made me smile.

  26. Lorraine

    My condolences go out to Norma’s family. so sorry to hear of her passing. Thank you Mary for informing us.

  27. Marsha from MI

    Aw, bless her heart! Isn’t it the nicest feeling to know you’ve been able to make someone else happy? Thank you for giving us that opportunity, Mary! May her family & friends be comforted during this sad time.

  28. Ginger S

    I am so sorry to hear that Normas has passed. As so many other have said, she looked so happy in her pictures. My deepest sympathies to Norma’s family.

  29. Judy Gnade

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. What a sweet picture. Thank you for offering us the opportunity to put some happiness in another’s life.

  30. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Such sad news but I am sure there are so many happy memories of a sweet lady. The picture of Norma is precious. My condolences to her family.

  31. Beamer's Mom

    Well there is a God given example for all of us to learn from. Take a couple minutes out of your day and send a note to someone who isn’t as fortunate to still have a busy day. In the end, those who mail the cards will likely gain more from that one simple act than even the recipient will.

    What a great idea you started Mary.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beamer’s Mom – her daughter was so grateful to everyone who sent a card! Norma was so thrilled to sort them by state, by day – it gave her something to occupy her mind. I have a couple more ladies picked out as possibilities but need to check first. I’ll wait till after New Years when everybody will be reading again.

  32. Diane in Maryland

    Thank you, Mary, for introducing us to Norma. Thank you, Sheryl, for telling us about your mom’s life. She was a beautiful lady and we are so glad she enjoyed the cards. We enjoyed “meeting” her. Our sympathy to you and your family. ❤️

  33. Karen in Ohio’s Hocking Hills

    May a choir of Angels be singing to Norma and surrounding her with all her family and friends. My condolences to Norma’s daughter and family.

    Mary, thank you for sharing such beautiful acts of kindness with us so we can all bring some joy in the world. It is a privilege to do so.

  34. Cynthia from SW MN

    So surprised to read of Norma’s passing. Sending sympathies to Sheryl, and Thank You for letting us cheer your mother up and let her know how special she was. Her photo today is such a happy one! I hope she enjoyed our messages. Thank you for allowing us to send her a greeting and message!

  35. patti

    sympathies to sheryl and family on the passing of norma. no matter that we know the time it coming, it is still hard to deal with. may your memories and love embrace you and keep you through your grief. patti in florida

  36. Jeanie S, Central IL

    My condolences to Sheryl and her family. Thanks for letting us know about Norma’s passing, Mary.

  37. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Sheryl, I’m so sorry for your loss. It was an honor to send Norma cards and good wishes. And thank you for sharing her life story with us on the blog. May your memories bring you peace and comfort.

  38. Marlea

    A small act of kindness and compassion…
    These are gifts that always fill one’s heart!
    God has completely healed Norma’s sweet spirit.
    My deepest sympathy to Norma’s entire family.

  39. Sheryl K Harrison

    I am just getting a chance to read your comments. I forwarded the blog email to my brothers, sisters-in-law, a few nieces and my sons. We’ve talked several times how the cards brightened mom’s day and several of us also enjoyed reading the cards.

    Thank you for your kind words!

  40. Kim from Wi

    To Sheryl and her family, thank you for sharing your mother’s story with all of us. We were blessed to know about her. I’m so glad that we could brighten her days with our cards. May she rest in peace.

  41. Sally J. Mi.

    So sorry to hear that your mother has passed on to her reward. May she rest in peace.
    So happy to think that our small gesture of cards brought her a little happiness.

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