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(7,499 posts)
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 01:15 PM Jul 2016

We lost a good Bernie supporter and DUer Friday morning

My dear friend, BuelahWitch succumbed to cancer early Friday morning. My husband and I came to know her in the past six months when she chimed in on one of his Facebook posts supporting Bernie. Come to find out, we lived in the same town. She was in a nursing home, and had been there for about a year and a half, struggling with terminal cancer. She was 53.

We chatted with her often via Facebook and eventually set up a time to meet for lunch. It became a bi-weekly ritual. What a sweet, amazing woman she was - so full of "spit and vinegar" as my grandfather would say and sharp as a tack. We talked often about Bernie, DU, and JPR and posters here and there that she loved and followed religiously.

When she told me she had contacted hospice and was under their care, I started to cry. She said, "Oh no, don't be sad." Her concern was for me, not for herself. That's how she lived her life, with hope, joy and compassion.

BuelahWitch had no family and only Facebook friends. In a final, amazing act of selflessness and kindness, she donated her body to science.

She didn't post much, but she read DU daily. If you are so inclined, please send a thought, good vibe, or benevolent thought her way. She was one of the best of us.

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We lost a good Bernie supporter and DUer Friday morning (Original Post) MissDeeds Jul 2016 OP
... TDale313 Jul 2016 #1
Farewell BuelahWitch and Thank You Donkees Jul 2016 #2
Thank you, Donkees MissDeeds Jul 2016 #4
See you on the other side! realmirage Jul 2016 #3
Rest in peace, BuelahWitch stage left Jul 2016 #5
so glad you reached out to her NJCher Jul 2016 #6
+ 1000 n/t Peregrine Took Jul 2016 #7
Thank you Cher MissDeeds Jul 2016 #8
When people pass they can reach out to those who touched or were touched by them. senz Jul 2016 #13
Thanks for the kind words, senz MissDeeds Jul 2016 #19
Your heart knows BuelahWitch wasn't alone Donkees Jul 2016 #15
Such beautiful words, Donkees MissDeeds Jul 2016 #20
... Phlem Jul 2016 #9
I will send good vibes her way Lifelong Protester Jul 2016 #10
R.I.P. HoosierRadical Jul 2016 #11
What a beautiful tribute, very moving. It's good to know, and great that you connected with her. JudyM Jul 2016 #12
Rest In Peace, BeulahWitch senz Jul 2016 #14
RIP, BuelahWitch... ms liberty Jul 2016 #16
thank you for being there to ease her passing. mopinko Jul 2016 #17
Cross gently. We will miss you. Autumn Jul 2016 #18
I'm so sorry... MrMickeysMom Jul 2016 #21
Tears. riderinthestorm Jul 2016 #22
Thanks, riderinthestorm MissDeeds Jul 2016 #23
Thanks for letting us all know. Wilms Jul 2016 #24
I am so very sorry for your loss--and ours. Thank you for telling us. merrily Jul 2016 #25
Thanks so much merrily MissDeeds Jul 2016 #26
Peace as she soars into the light Equinox Moon Jul 2016 #27
. LWolf Jul 2016 #28
Thank you, BuelahWitch... TeeYiYi Jul 2016 #29
Thanks for sharing this with us ornotna Jul 2016 #30
I am so sorry to read this. Kali Aug 2016 #31
My deepest sympathy Arazi Aug 2016 #32
. DianaForRussFeingold Aug 2016 #33
Thank you BuelahWitch for adding to our movement! TheKentuckian Aug 2016 #34
So sorry you lost a true friend, and in her prime. Fla Dem Aug 2016 #35
Rest in peace, Beulah Witch Hekate Aug 2016 #36
I'm so very sorry for your loss. MerryBlooms Aug 2016 #37
This got me to log on after over 2 months being gone from here. blackspade Aug 2016 #38
I am sorry I missed getting to know her...she sounds like a great lady. samnsara Mar 2017 #39
I am sorry to hear of this. beam me up scottie Mar 2017 #40


(7,499 posts)
8. Thank you Cher
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 02:24 PM
Jul 2016

I do think I might have had a sign. Early Friday morning I had a dream about her, that she was telling me it was okay and she was at peace. In the dream, I told her that I wasn't sure there is a hereafter. I awoke in tears shortly before 7:00. She died at 6:50.

It breaks my heart that she was alone at that time. I'll always regret I wasn't with her.

Incidentally, she died in the same nursing home, just a few doors down from where my mother died 18 months ago.



(11,945 posts)
13. When people pass they can reach out to those who touched or were touched by them.
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 05:35 PM
Jul 2016

You don't need to feel bad that you weren't there, MissDeeds, because you were with her and she with you, and you know she was fine with it.

Thank you for commemorating her passing.

Bernie seems to appeal to good souls, doesn't he?



(7,499 posts)
19. Thanks for the kind words, senz
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 06:21 PM
Jul 2016

We often mentioned how grateful we were that Bernie brought us together.


(30,735 posts)
15. Your heart knows BuelahWitch wasn't alone
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 05:46 PM
Jul 2016

[font color="#800028"size="3"]"At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists
a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, a complex of wave-forms and resonances,
which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which
connects us to everything in the universe."


(69,555 posts)
17. thank you for being there to ease her passing.
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 06:05 PM
Jul 2016

good on you. it is a sad thing, but a good end is what we all desire.


(20,453 posts)
21. I'm so sorry...
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 07:08 PM
Jul 2016

Condolences to her friends, who it seems were all here.

My mother wanted to donate her body to science. Since my brother, her executor, was uncomfortable with making that decision, she conceded.

Here's to BuelahWitch, cross gently to the next event...



(23,272 posts)
22. Tears.
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 08:38 PM
Jul 2016

I remember her and will miss her voice here. She had such a great username I knew she was special.

I fervently hope she was never the recipient of any horrible shit as a Bernie supporter here. These past few months have been some of my darkest DU days. I'd grieve even worse if she suffered any slings and arrows during her final weeks/months.

You've posted a lovely tribute. Can you share it at JPR? I know others who would be similarly heartbroken.




(7,499 posts)
23. Thanks, riderinthestorm
Sun Jul 24, 2016, 09:11 PM
Jul 2016

We talked often about DU and JPR. BuelahWitch, whose name was Leslie, was increasingly frustrated with DU, and said that in the last few months, she felt depressed after visiting DU. It was such a big part of her life for a long time, but she was spending more time at JPR.

I don't think she encountered any hostility here or she would have told me. She was a bit feisty and probably would have gone toe to toe with anyone without a moment's hesitation.

I will be sharing this at JPR. I tried numerous times today to cut and paste this, but my iPad and laptop aren't cooperating for some reason. I'll get to a desktop tomorrow and take care of it.

Thanks for your kind words. I hope somehow she is aware of the outpouring of love and support expressed here.


(45,251 posts)
25. I am so very sorry for your loss--and ours. Thank you for telling us.
Mon Jul 25, 2016, 08:32 AM
Jul 2016

How lovely for you both that you got to know each other.

DU has an In Memoriam section. Perhaps you would let Skinner know in ATA that she passed? If not, I am happy to do it.


(54,947 posts)
31. I am so sorry to read this.
Mon Aug 1, 2016, 10:34 PM
Aug 2016

I will always remember she was kind and saw what was going on in the Lounge when it had turned into a bit of a mess. She was a friend to LFP and MFM and posted funny pics, so I consider her one of "us" even though she hadn't posted in there much after the move to DU3.

Good bye BuelahWitch.


(6,821 posts)
32. My deepest sympathy
Mon Aug 1, 2016, 11:00 PM
Aug 2016

Your love and care shine through here.

How are you doing? I hope you are surrounded by love in real life as you are here

RIP Buelahwitch - Leslie

Fla Dem

(23,156 posts)
35. So sorry you lost a true friend, and in her prime.
Sun Aug 7, 2016, 09:36 PM
Aug 2016

I read this when you first posted, but couldn't respond at that time as I was blocked from the group. I'm glad she had you as a friend and could share her final time enjoying your company.

BuelahWitch RIP


(10,056 posts)
38. This got me to log on after over 2 months being gone from here.
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 10:50 AM
Aug 2016

Sad to hear about her passing.
Peace to you and her other friends and family...

beam me up scottie

(57,349 posts)
40. I am sorry to hear of this.
Wed Mar 22, 2017, 12:52 AM
Mar 2017

I took a break to concentrate on real life and my internet activity was restricted to Facebook so I missed this thread.

Donating your body to science is a selfless gift. I wish I had known her better.

Go in peace, BuelahWitch.

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