# General Discussion

Related: Editorials & Other Articles, Issue Forums, Alliance Forums, Region Forums# DUer SmileyRose has passed.

To the Admin. I looked for a "memorial" page for things like this but didn't see one. She mostly posted in GD so I hope you will let this stay,.

My dear sister, known here as SmileyRose, passed on Friday morning. The last thing she said to me involved laughter.

Rose spent her life taking care of other people. We teased her that she had a weakness for 3 legged dogs. She always patted the chickens before taking the eggs. She was found regularly on her knees in the garden telling the veggies how yummy they would be. She liked sensible shoes, only owned 1 purse at a time, but had dozens of dollar store reading glasses around that she could never seem to find. And she hoarded pieces of beautiful fabric mostly vintage - always intending to make them into something but never finding a purpose important enough to cut into the fabric.

She was quirky and sometimes unreasonable and I am going to miss her so damn much.

Rose begged me to join DU for a long time - told me you all were the best bunch a body could ever fall in with. I finally agreed after she found out she was sick. I believe this link is her last post here. She thought so highly of DU I thought you all should know.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2744514

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#### Ohio Joe

(21,534 posts)#### NYC_SKP

(68,644 posts)RIP

#### cali

(114,904 posts)#### mokawanis

(4,427 posts)I remember that post you linked to. It was a very moving statement, and I'm really sorry to hear that she has passed.

#### sharp_stick

(14,400 posts)I remember her fondly as a member here and always will.

I'm glad you were there and I'm really happy her last words involved laughter.

Please be well.

#### In_The_Wind

(72,300 posts)#### hrmjustin

(71,265 posts)#### Nika

(546 posts)#### warrior1

(12,325 posts)#### loudsue

(14,087 posts)Sending hugs and prayers for you and your family.

#### MrScorpio

(73,604 posts)#### magical thyme

(14,881 posts)RIP SmileyRose.

Peace and healing to you, Smiley's husband, and all the rest of her friends and family.

#### sakabatou

(41,993 posts)#### westerebus

(2,976 posts)#### CherokeeDem

(3,709 posts)I remember seeing Rose's posts and always enjoyed her comments.

She sounds like a wonderful person and more importantly a wonderful sister. May your memories of her bring you peace.

#### ScreamingMeemie

(68,918 posts)My thoughts go with you, your sister, and your entire family.

#### Marrah_G

(28,581 posts)I'm sorry for your loss and thank you for letting us know.

#### MerryBlooms

(11,673 posts)Rest in peace, SmileyRose.

#### gademocrat7

(10,595 posts)#### Hassin Bin Sober

(26,155 posts)#### Change has come

(2,372 posts)#### daleanime

(17,796 posts)#### 840high

(17,196 posts)#### MannyGoldstein

(34,589 posts)Thank you for letting us know.

#### 6000eliot

(5,643 posts)Your sister was a smart and caring woman, and DU will miss her.

#### TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)Wow, what a loving tribute to your sister. I feel like I know her now. I could picture every scenario; the chickens, the garden, the purse, the dollar store glasses... the vintage fabric collection. So much love in your words. I'm so sorry for your loss.

I remember SmileyRose. She'll be missed.

TYY

#### itsrobert

(14,157 posts)and the DU community has lost a great contributor to the board.

#### AgingAmerican

(12,958 posts)Til we meet again

#### enlightenment

(8,830 posts)to you and to all your family and your sister's family and friends who have suffered this loss.

I know you will cherish the memories and count yourself lucky that you had such a wonderful person in your life, even if right now those memories just hurt - a lot.

I wish you peace,

Enlightenment

#### My Good Babushka

(2,710 posts)May she rest in peace.

#### GreenPartyVoter

(72,376 posts)visit the bereavement group if you haven't already done so. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1234 There are many wonderfully supportive people there who will listen if you need to talk.

#### Triana

(22,666 posts)She sounds like a wonderful soul!

Wishing you peace.

#### zeemike

(18,998 posts)I missed the post you linked to so it is a shock to me.

May she rest in peace.

#### Kahuna

(27,310 posts)#### stage left

(2,910 posts)#### pnwmom

(108,874 posts)I'm so sorry for your loss. Your sister was a real force around here.

I am glad that she reached out to us when she did, so we had a chance to let her know how much she meant to so many.

#### MoonRiver

(36,926 posts)RIP SmileyRose

#### B Calm

(28,762 posts)#### scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)Wishing peace and strength to you and all of her family and friends, and a beautiful journey for SmileyRose.

#### Dorian Gray

(13,453 posts)and our loss.

Please accept my deepest condolences. She was a bright light.

#### JNelson6563

(28,151 posts)Thank you so much for the eloquent post. We are lucky to have had her.

Julie

#### LWolf

(46,179 posts)#### shenmue

(38,480 posts)#### KT2000

(20,518 posts)I remember her posts, especially the last one. RIP SmileyRose

Had we ever met I am sure we would have gotten along great - we could have talked about fabrics and how we store them for "later use."

Peace to you.

#### roody

(10,849 posts)#### malaise

(266,744 posts)and to the rest of her family and friends.

I sent her a hug on that thread.

#### babylonsister

(170,851 posts)KentuckyWoman. Thank you for letting us know.

#### Rex

(65,616 posts)I missed her post about her dying. You have my condolences...your sister was a wonderful person. Anyone that will take just a few second (even just a pet or scratch behind the ears) to acknowledge those animals without any voice in this world are saints in my book.

#### City Lights

(25,171 posts)Your sister will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to those who knew and loved her.

RIP, SmileyRose.

#### LittleBlue

(10,362 posts)So long, SmileyRose

#### Pretzel_Warrior

(8,361 posts)Our paths didn't cross much. I am sorry for your loss, and I hope DU can help provide a connection to what your sister loved.

Her linked post is beautiful.

#### ChisolmTrailDem

(9,463 posts)Here's part of what she had to say:

I am dying.

Sorry but I don't know how to sugar coat that.

I hope the mods will allow this to stay since most of my post are in this forum.

A rare cancer with a dismal survival rate. Even with aggressive treatment the majority don't make it 2 yrs. I'm electing to use whatever holistic measures I can to slow it down and let nature take it's course. We barely make it as it is. I can't leave my disabled husband with that kind of medical debt that at best will buy me months..... miserable months. Who knows, maybe I'll find the magic herbal blend..... After a few days of wallowing in obscene grief, I'm OK at this particular moment.

I may stop in a few times while I can but probably not much. A lot to mentally and spiritually process... a lot to do to get my husband set up as good as I can. And there's my bucket list. While I'm still thinking reasonably straight, I wanted to take a few very selfish moments to thank all of you with all my heart for what you've given me over the years.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2744514

My condolences to you, KentuckyWoman, and to your entire family and to all those who loved her and whose lives she touched, .

#### livetohike

(21,998 posts)#### NEOhiodemocrat

(912 posts)Your discription of SmileyRose made me feel like I knew her. Sounds like a wonderful person and sister to you. Thoughts go out to you and all the family. RIP SmileyRose.

#### Skidmore

(37,364 posts)how she was doing. So very sorry to hear that she has left us. Peace and rest for her and comfort in memories of her life well lived to the family and friends she left behind.

#### countryjake

(8,554 posts)Peace to SmileyRose

#### nadinbrzezinski

(154,021 posts)#### Blue_Tires

(55,445 posts)#### boston bean

(36,167 posts)My condolences to you and her family.

If I remember correctly, she posted daily for about a year about single payer healthcare. She really wanted to see that come to fruition.

Rest in peace smileyrose.

#### WhiteTara

(29,635 posts)may she have an auspicious passing and rebirth.

Om Mani Padme Hum

#### riderinthestorm

(23,272 posts)some real hugs...

#### jsr

(7,712 posts)My condolences to you and your family.

#### arikara

(5,562 posts)#### lunatica

(53,410 posts)#### myrna minx

(22,772 posts)Thank you so much for letting us know.

#### calimary

(80,155 posts)But thank you for letting us know.

DAYUM. We've lost several dear ones here lately.

#### asjr

(10,479 posts)#### mike_c

(36,138 posts)Rose sounds like a wonderful sister.

#### old guy

(3,281 posts)#### Liberal_in_LA

(44,397 posts)#### Samantha

(9,314 posts)SmileyRose was such a wonderful person. Take care of yourself, and may your sister rest in peace.

Sam

#### blm

(112,759 posts)and you

((KentuckyWoman))

#### Eyerish

(1,495 posts)#### Tsiyu

(18,186 posts)SmileyRose did love DU, and was as wonderful in real life as on DU, by your account of your beloved sister.

I am sorry for your loss and grateful to you for letting us know.

#### PeaceNikki

(27,985 posts)I vividly remember that post and have thought of her often. Thank you for giving us a little personal glimpse of Rose.

#### Call Me Wesley

(38,187 posts)May she be free from suffering. Peace and comfort to her family and friends.

#### noiretextatique

(27,275 posts)#### Lint Head

(15,064 posts)#### Tikki

(14,520 posts)To have a sister is a true gift…

Tikki

#### LoisB

(6,867 posts)#### cal04

(41,505 posts)My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

#### cordelia

(2,174 posts)I remember your sister's posts fondly.

#### Solly Mack

(90,705 posts)RIP SmileyRose.

#### Auntie Bush

(17,528 posts)I'm so sorry you lost your sister. I hope and pray she didn't suffer. Sending healing prayers to you and your loved ones. May Smiley Rose RIP.

#### Oilwellian

(12,647 posts)She will be greatly missed.

#### Jefferson23

(30,099 posts)#### mazzarro

(3,450 posts)May she rest in perfect peace.

#### TuxedoKat

(3,818 posts)I recognize her name. I don't remember seeing her other post last year about her illness. I'm so sorry for your loss and thanks for letting us know.

#### life long demo

(1,113 posts)Rest in peace SmileyRose. Till we all meet at the great DU meetup in the sky. Prayers go out to all who knew Rose and loved her. {HUGS}

#### senseandsensibility

(16,261 posts)May she rest in peace. Thank you for letting us know.

#### progressoid

(49,616 posts)#### sabrina 1

(62,325 posts)#### Drew Richards

(1,558 posts)Save a spot at the table for me...

#### freshwest

(53,661 posts)#### uppityperson

(115,672 posts)#### Renew Deal

(81,693 posts)Very sad news. She will be missed.

#### RainDog

(28,784 posts)I remember her post talking about her situation. It moved me.

#### libodem

(19,288 posts)Sorry for your loss especially.

#### Hekate

(89,645 posts)SmileyRose was a treasure here, too, and will be sorely missed.

May her name be remembered for a blessing.

#### Cleita

(75,480 posts)Thanks for letting us know and may she rest in peace.

#### PADemD

(4,482 posts)May Smiley Rose RIP

#### LeftishBrit

(41,166 posts)#### No Vested Interest

(5,150 posts)What a tribute to her that she wanted you to be a part of DU, so that you can share in all that she found here.

RIP, SmileyRose.

#### subterranean

(3,425 posts)Sad news, but thank you for letting us know.

#### NC_Nurse

(11,646 posts)I don't post much anymore, but I have always liked her. May she rest in peace.

My condolences to you and the rest of her family and friends.

#### Number23

(24,544 posts)get a certain number of recs. I've only seen a number that high (563) maybe one or two other times here. It would have been great to memorialize that somehow.

She sounds like a beautiful woman. God bless her and her family.

#### Warpy

(110,539 posts)and I'm so sorry she's gone. The world is a much poorer place without her.

#### glinda

(14,807 posts)sounded like someone that I would have gotten along very well with in real life. I hope that you stay with us. This is so sad.

#### TBF

(31,870 posts)#### Scuba

(53,475 posts)#### Johnny Noshoes

(1,977 posts)#### LiberalAndProud

(12,799 posts)She was a treasure for us here. I miss her.

#### dbackjon

(6,578 posts)#### AverageJoe90

(10,745 posts)Honestly, it sounds like she was a truly awesome & interesting person. R.I.P. SmileyRose, we'll all miss you.

#### Hissyspit

(45,788 posts)Sincerest condolences to you.

A couple of her posts:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1018&pid=122661

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021529782

#### The Straight Story

(48,121 posts)And had not heard back in some time. Thank you for letting us know. Another fine person and DUer has passed, a sad day indeed.

#### kentuck

(110,859 posts)So sorry to hear of your loss.

#### Beacool

(30,240 posts)I remember her post from last April, it was very moving. I didn't personally know your sister, but she seemed like a lovely person to have known.

I wonder how her husband is holding up. She mentioned him in her post.

I would like to offer you, her husband and the rest of your family, my deepest condolences.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

May SmileyRose rest in peace.

#### TwilightGardener

(46,416 posts)#### DeSwiss

(27,137 posts)#### PasadenaTrudy

(3,998 posts)and always wondered what happened. I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounded like a cool person

#### riqster

(13,986 posts)#### NuttyFluffers

(6,811 posts)#### sheshe2

(82,790 posts)RIP SmileyRose.

Peace to you and your family.

#### Divernan

(15,480 posts)I'm sorry for your loss, but believe you will find comfort in a shared lifetime of special memories. It's been 20 years this week since I lost my sweet and smart and funny and generous big brother to cancer. The older I get, the more I miss having him around to share memories of family and growing up.

#### Grey

(1,581 posts)For Rose...

#### A Little Weird

(1,754 posts)#### Lex

(34,108 posts)My deepest condolences to you and all those who loved her.

#### barbtries

(28,631 posts)i loved how you wrote about her.

#### Lifelong Protester

(8,421 posts)I hang out here, maybe don't contribute much, but I recognize the name SmileyRose, and am sorry she has passed. Condolences to your family.

#### Yo_Mama

(8,303 posts)She was a very wonderful person. It was a pleasure to "meet" her on DU, and she will be missed.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

#### MuseRider

(34,018 posts)Sending warm hugs and thoughts to you. Losing a sibling is a difficult thing. Take care of yourself as you grieve. Come here and we can help you along whatever you need.

I am so very sorry.

#### yardwork

(61,159 posts)#### Autumn

(44,543 posts)#### w8liftinglady

(23,278 posts)Your sister is in a beautiful place,surrounded by love. When you see a beautiful sunset..with one little cloud standing out,know she's watching you, and loves you.

Peace.

#### pacalo

(24,721 posts)SmileyRose was a gem. I wish you & her family strength & comfort.

This is so sad.

#### hlthe2b

(101,275 posts)amazes me, even while it brings me to tears.

May she find peace in the next realm and my best hopes for her friends and family.

#### spanone

(135,417 posts)#### cate94

(2,788 posts)RIP Rose.

Peace to you and your family KentuckyWoman.

#### msanthrope

(37,549 posts)#### Raine1967

(11,588 posts)I do not know what else to say, KentuckyWoman.

The people she wished to say goodbye to are wonderful people . They are truly some of my favorite DU'rs.

I wish I knew her in person, I would have been beside her in the garden saying the same things. After 4 years, my neighbors are getting used to such behavior from me.

peace and love to you, your sister and your family. LOVE

LOVE

Raine

#### MADem

(135,425 posts)#### greatauntoftriplets

(175,561 posts)#### iamthebandfanman

(8,127 posts)with the amount of folks we seem to be losing lately, might not be a bad idea to set up a section of the forum for memorial posts...

DU gets bigger and the chances of us losing someone who is a part of the community grows with it.

#### Skittles

(152,855 posts)OMG that is me

aw I will miss SmileyRose

#### defacto7

(13,485 posts)#### Gormy Cuss

(30,884 posts)I remember SmileyRose's posts. She will be missed.

#### polly7

(20,582 posts)I'm sad that I never got to know her, she sounds like she added so much to DU and was a wonderful person. Condolences to you and all who knew and loved her.

#### yewberry

(6,530 posts)I remember reading her last post, and it was such a generous gesture. It was pretty overwhelming.

Fair winds, Rose, and following seas.

#### Bobbie Jo

(14,341 posts)Her last post really touched my heart. Thank you for letting us know.

#### WinkyDink

(51,311 posts)#### brucefan

(1,549 posts)Hope you stick around

#### SalmonChantedEvening

(31,941 posts)May you find comfort in the days ahead by knowing what a loving person she was.

#### Stargazer09

(2,126 posts)And love as you go through this difficult time.

#### Sarah Ibarruri

(21,043 posts)#### niyad

(110,955 posts)and your family find peace and comfort, and know how much your sister was loved her. please know that your du family is here for you.

#### silvershadow

(10,336 posts)#### closeupready

(29,503 posts)both on DU and in real life.

#### mahina

(17,405 posts)Thank you very much KentuckyWoman for letting us know more about her, and letting us know she is gone. Aloha oe.

#### blackspade

(10,056 posts)#### arthritisR_US

(7,236 posts)This breaks my heart. My love and warmest vibes go out to you and your family. The earth was robbed ...

#### panader0

(25,816 posts)#### Barack_America

(28,876 posts)And I'm sorry to hear this news. My sympathies are with your family.

#### Bossy Monkey

(15,863 posts)#### colorado_ufo

(5,685 posts)"Kentucky woman she shines with her own kind of light." Your sister would have loved what you wrote!

#### emsimon33

(3,128 posts)#### joeybee12

(56,177 posts)#### tavalon

(27,985 posts)and thank you KentuckyWoman for letting us know about your huge loss. May the love of strangers out here in the WWW help hold you as you take this sad journey. Know that anything you feel right now, anything - joy, anger, hurt, grief, it's all going to come to visit and it's all okay. I didn't say it doesn't hurt like hell. Losing family is astoundingly painful. It can also be just astounding at times.

We are a bunch of egotistical jerks until it matters and then we round the wagons. This is one of those times.

Blessed be during this time.