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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:33 AM
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A fiercely loyal, longtime DUer just passed away
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 11:34 AM by niceypoo
Her DU name was, "erma," and she has been a member since 2001. Her full name was, Erma Knox. She is the one who originally turned me on to the Democratic Underground. She never posted a single thread or comment in six years, though she read the threads and articles here religiously the whole time she was a member. She spent a couple hours a day, minimum, reading threads here. She knows all of you by name. She was African American, and I am Caucasian. She was my sister in laws mother. I became good friends with her while doing maintenance on her PC. We joked that she was my, "Mother in law, in law." Everything in her life since january 2001 has revolved around seeing Bush out the door. She donated to the DU, and many democratic candidates. Her television was always on CSPAN and her radio was always on air america. She lived and breathed politics to the point of driving others around her crazy (those in her family who are less politically inclined). Of course, being quite political myself, we got along swimmingly. She was diagnosed with hepatitis C back in the 90s. She could have gotten it from a transfusion, or one of her ex husbands, she didn't know. She first went onto the transplant list back in the late 90s but went into remission in 2000. She was sick off and on since then. She swore to me that she would not die until, "That mother fucker (Bush) is held to account for his crimes." We joked that, if she did die, she would scratch and claw her way out of the ground to see that asshat go on trial. She did civil rights work back in the 1960s. Her recent political positions were largely rooted in fear, for the future of her grandkids. Once the democrats won last November, she changed. She became more relaxed and at ease and retrospective. By that time she was on the transplant list again, and was bloated from water buildup in her body. She took herself off of the list last December because she was told she had to go to AA meetings for 90 days before she would be given a liver. She flatly refused because she didn't drink. She had decided that Bush would finally pay for his misdeeds and she was tired of being sick all of the time. I last spoke to her on friday after the plame hearings which she watched with very, very much satisfaction. She died last night about 1:15 AM. I will miss you Erma.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:35 AM
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1. Goodbye Mrs. Knox
and thank you for everything you did.
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liberaldemocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:32 PM
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96. I hope she rests in peace. Good relating this to us.
Thank you. May Ms. Knox rest in peace.

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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:35 AM
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RIP
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:35 AM
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2. Go with God, Erma. nt
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Drum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:36 AM
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3. Very sad news...
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 11:37 AM by Drum
but thanks go to erma and to you niceypoo for passing along word of this. I salute all of our brothers- and sisters-in-arms in this struggle to put our nation back in balance.



:cry:
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:36 AM
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4. Erma - your spirit lives on. eom
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:37 AM
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5. I think Erma did post...way back when, not alot
but I remember that name. I wonder how many "Erma's" there are on DU who don't post and I wonder why they don't.

May God rest her soul, she saw some of her wish come true.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:08 PM
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60. I second that, she sounds wonderful
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girlphoenix Donating Member (79 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:13 PM
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155. I never post, but I read daily
I joined DU in April (I think) of 2001. As you can see from my post total, I never post. However, DU is my primary source of news, and I spend 2-4 hours here every day.

As to why I don't post...I do most of my browsing at work between activities requiring my attention. And while my work doesn't mind which websites I visit (within reason), they would frown upon spending work time actively participating in an online forum. Not to mention the fact that there are so many excellent posters here that I don't feel I really have much to add.
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:37 AM
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6. Rest in peace, Erma
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:37 AM
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7. Wow, I wish she'd posted. Sounds like a great lady.
Hepatitis C is a hell of a thing to struggle with- my mother has it and even on her best days she's weary and weak.

Condolences to you and to her family.
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:37 AM
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8. God Bless Mrs Knox
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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:37 AM
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9. Kick&Rec.
. . . for a great gal.

Rest in peace, Ms. Erma.

:patriot:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:38 AM
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*hugs and prayers for you all*
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:38 AM
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10. I asked her once why she didnt post
She replied, "because I can't type, that's OK, I'll just read" and read she did.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:36 PM
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52. Thank you for this post. 40th recommendation for Erma and for you...
niceypoo, for this wonderful tribute to her. I wish she had learned to type so I and we could have all known her just a little bit more, but the world is just a little bit nicer today because of what you have done, just knowing now that she was out there.



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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:38 AM
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11. I've no doubt she is with us in this thread. Rest in Peace.
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Ninga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:39 AM
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12. You are kind and generous to remember her with such warmth and caring. It is one of Life's biggest
tributes to be remembered.

Thank you, Erma Knox, for being a fine up standing person, even while you fought your peresonal battles.
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:39 AM
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13. RIP Erma
I never got to know you on DU, but after reading that beautiful writeup by niceypoo I can see that you were a wonderful member of our community. Rest in Peace.
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:39 AM
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14. Rest in peace
erma. I'm so sorry for your loss and her family.
HepC is a disease that is being ignored, many have it and don't even know until their are symptoms. My son was diagnosed in June and is having the treatment for it now. It's expensive and difficult, without insurance it's out of reach for most.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:39 AM
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15. I'm so sorry
For you and for all of us. She sounds like the kind a person I like being around.

Now she's found peace and I wish the same for her loved ones in time.


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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:41 AM
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16. Rest in Peace Erma
and if you have a chance to speak to the powers that be, ask them to push justice along, that it happen soon.

For your grandchildren, for all children and the future of this nation. :patriot:

thanks for caring so much

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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:41 AM
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17. So sad
I'll continue the fight for whats right Erma, you rest
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:41 AM
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18. RIP Erma
I'm sorry we never got to know you, but it's because of the hopes and wishes of millions just like you that we will get our country back. (((niceypoo))) I'm so sorry for your loss.
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:41 AM
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19. I wish I had known her....
I drive my family/friends nuts with my obsession for Truth and Justice.

I bet Erma will give W sh*t from the other side.

I look forward to meeting Erma someday.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 08:09 AM
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183. Sounds like we missed out on a pretty wonderful person.
I wish I had known her, too. There's consolation in knowing that there's one more for our side up there now.
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ourbluenation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:41 AM
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20. RIP Miss Knox...we will not let you down.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:42 AM
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21. Condolences to you niceypoo, she sounds like a wonderful friend.
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 11:42 AM by glitch
:hug:
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:44 AM
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22. that was a wonderful tribute
for your friend - best to her family and to her wonderful liberal soul!
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:44 AM
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23. Thoughts and prayers to you and her family
It just goes to show that we all make contributions whether we post once or 1,000 times.

Thanks for letting us know. It is very sad to read, but at least she is not in pain any longer.

:hug:
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:45 AM
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24. She sounds like a great lady
I am so sorry for your loss. It is nice to know she got to see the Plame hearings before she moved on.

Peace.

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:46 AM
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25. Goodbye Erma. I hope, at the very least, that the hearing brought you some joy
to balance out even the tiniest bit these years of bad news that we all lived with day in and day out.

I know that is how us political junkies hope to go out when the sun sets for us.

Peace to Erma, her family and friends.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:46 AM
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26. I suspect that Erma Knox is still with us.
A fierce soul like hers certainly does not just disappear into the universe. Erma, linger near. We need your ferocity of purpose more than ever. We are honored to have had you among us for so long.
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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:48 AM
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29. Well said.
Linger near.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 10:37 PM
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162. Yeah... sigh... thank you for your support and your vigilance, dear Erma,
as you make the jump to lightspeed. Hope you'll be one of our Guardian Angels.

:hug:
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:47 AM
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27. Thank you for sharing your loss here


It's OUR loss, as far as that goes.

She sounds like one very interesting, engaging person.

:hug:
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:47 AM
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28. It sounds as if her death is a terrible loss for us all ....
and an even more difficult loss for those of you that knew and loved her.

I am sorry.
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:48 AM
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30. Farewell Mrs Knox
DU isn't a forum....it's a state of mind....
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:51 AM
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31. She sounds like a wonderful mother in law, in law!
I am so sorry for your loss, niceypoo. It sounds as though it is a loss for all of us. May she rest in peace. And thanks for posting such a heartfelt eulogy. erma was undoubtably lucky to have you in her life, niceypoo.
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:53 AM
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32. So sorry to hear this news. Erma was always a great addition to DU.
I'm sad to say I didn't know she was sick.

Sending condolences to family members, and I"m at least grateful to know Erma is not in any further pain.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:54 AM
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33. May she rest in peace!
May she find peace in the Afterlife!

We will miss you, Erma!
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:54 AM
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34. I sit here with my mouth agape.
My jaw just dropped and stayed there. Bless you and Erma. The world just got smaller for me. To know Erma was here the whole time. I'm torn that I'll never get to know her. But now I do know she was here. And now that I think of it, maybe still here. There is a world of Ermas. I would say most of us are Ermas. We all care. Only that small fraction who have been indoctrinated into the darkness of evil that don't care. Or don't know how. I hope it's not impolite to say these things. I'm just finding it hard to say how I feel. A sadness. A longing. An optimism to know she was here.

I am very lucky. This morning I have been invited to go on a ride through the forest with a group. I've never met these people, but the one man. And I've never been through this part of the forest before. It's like an unknown journey. I will take the thought of Erma with me. In her honor.
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:06 PM
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59. I suspect there are many more like her
who are just as wrapped up as we are, but they just dont post.....even though they donate, etc.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:57 AM
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35. I'm very glad Mrs. Knox had you for a friend. RIP, Erma. nt
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:57 AM
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36. Thank you, Erma....
Your attention and caring are appreciated.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:57 AM
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37. peace be with you erma --
for those who mourn for erma

Prayer for Those Who Mourn
Bless those who mourn, eternal God,
with the comfort of your love
that they may face each new day with hope
and the certainty that nothing can destroy
the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful,
their days enriched with friendship,
and their lives encircled by your love.
Amen.
--c 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson, Adapted from "Prayers of Our Hearts"

and for erma

Home > Faiths & Practices > Meditation
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Prayers for Coping With Loss


A selection of prayers on death and mourning.




Prayer for Those Who Mourn
Bless those who mourn, eternal God,
with the comfort of your love
that they may face each new day with hope
and the certainty that nothing can destroy
the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful,
their days enriched with friendship,
and their lives encircled by your love.
Amen.
--c 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson, Adapted from "Prayers of Our Hearts"

Make Me Brave for Life
God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.
God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.
Author Unknown

El Maley Rachamim
God full of mercy who dwells on high
Grant perfect rest on the wings of Your Divine Presence
In the lofty heights of the holy and pure
who shine as the brightness of the heavens
to the soul of erma.
who has gone to her eternal rest
as all her family and friends
pray for the elevation of her soul.
Her resting place shall be in the Garden of Eden.
Therefore, the Master of mercy will care for her
under the protection of His wings for all time
And bind her soul in the bond of everlasting life.
God is her inheritance and she will rest in peace
and let us say Amen.
--From Jewish Funeral Care

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/163/story_16345_1.html
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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:03 PM
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41. Thank you.
Those are tremendous.
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countingbluecars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:58 AM
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38. I am very sorry for your loss. eom
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:59 AM
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39. What a wonderful woman. I am so very sorry for your loss. And ours.
I can only imagine she already knows the outcome to all that is happening now. :)
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onecent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:00 PM
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40. What a nice post for Erma. May she rest in peace!
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:06 PM
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42. Goodbye dear friend
Our family has shrank again, she would have been a great active member.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:06 PM
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43. Rest in peace, Erma
The world is a worse place for your passing.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:08 PM
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44. RIP, Erma.

What a beautiful tribute to her, nicey.



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Terri S Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:12 PM
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45. Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to an obviously special soul
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 12:14 PM by Terri S
Now each time more and more devils get their due I'll look up and smile and say... that one's for you Erma !!

sorry... needed to correct a typing error ...
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:15 PM
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46. Sorry to hear that.
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:17 PM
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47. She sounds life a really great lady.
You were lucky to have known her.
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POAS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:18 PM
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48. RIP Erma
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:24 PM
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49. Oh Sweetie! I didn't think
I had seen that "name" but you then you said she hadn't posted so that made sense.

RIP~ Erma Knox O8) We'll miss your fervor and energy! We'll carry on!
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:26 PM
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50. Rest in peace, Erma.
I am sorry for your loss, niceypoo. :hug:
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:29 PM
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51. Sounds like somebody I would have loved! Feisty old ladies, unite!
Rest in peace, Erma! We are carrying on! It's a long, long road back to democracy, but we are on it now. Your spirit remains with us, through "Niceypoo," who has posted your story and your passion for change, and will now be promulgated by this great democratic medium, and will ripple through peoples' consciousness, constantly reminding us how this one person--this one American patriot--despite all her woes, cared so much about our country, and worried so much about it, and, like the rest of us, was heartened by the explosion of democracy and dissent that DU represents.

I can so relate. This is where I came just after Nov. 2, 2004, and joined the Election Forum, to understand what really happened--and found out! It was so important to me, during those dark days. Other people cared, too. Other people were seeking the truth--even if truth seeking was shut down everywhere else.

We're going to get him, Erma! We're going to get that mother fucker and hold him and to account for his crimes--and bust through the blockade of our own unfortunately compromised leaders--and we're going to do more than that. We are going to transform this country, and turn it back into the good country that it was meant to be, a country free of militarism, lawlessness and fascist policy, a country free of global corporate predators, a country that stands for justice and fairness. And this road began here, for many of us, here at DU, where we realized that WE are the majority.
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mahmoud al_hazen Donating Member (40 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:39 PM
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53. condolences to erma...
sorry to hear of your loss.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:40 PM
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54. I am glad that she was able to see the Plame hearing. . .
We have a lot of work to do for Erma, and for her grandchildren, and for ours. Her spirit will fuel our fight.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:42 PM
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55. This really touched me. How dare they attached conditions
to a life saving procedure? I wish we had gotten to know her here before we had to say goodby. Please give my sympathy to her family and of course to you as well.
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:10 PM
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61. They do that to people who are depressed and suicidal
You have to sit there and listen to smug bastards tell you that you deserve to die because you don't believe in their God.

And if you are in pain because of a medical condition, tough shit, you need to let go and let God.

I'd rather die behind the chemical shed. These fucking 12-step cultist assholes need to be neutralized before they kill more innocent people.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:53 PM
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92. I agree.
Where do we start?

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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:50 PM
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Isn't there something in the Hippocratic Oath about doing no
harm, nor doing anything that would cause death? The Oath is a bit antiquated, but I think there are still some time honored ideals here that even the ancient Greeks recognized.

Mostly, no one should be refused medical treatment because of their past actions, even if that past may have caused the disease in question. Although there is a chance that a liver transplant patient might still drink afterwards, if that's what caused it, it's more likely they will consider the gift of a second chance to change their ways. I believe statistics might show this is true.

This reminds me of those doctors and nurses back when AIDS was first recognized, who didn't want to treat AIDS patients because they were gay.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:22 PM
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111. I don't think they follow the oath anymore. Not for some people.
HCV isn't the same hepatitis cause by drinking. It's a virus. I'm sure drinking before, during, or after a liver transplant isn't good for anyone including someone HCV+. They just assumed she had a drinking/drug problem and deny her treatment based on that. Why didn't they believe her when she said she didn't drink? I would hope that the oath would cover everyone. I don't know if they take that oath too seriously these days. Or they warp it to fit their own perverted ideas.

There is so much stigma and prejudice that this disease carries with it. I'm very upset that it killed erma even though I didn't know her.
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:28 PM
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120. Wrongful death lawsuits
Enough of those, and states will catch on that it's not in their best interest to validate any of their employees' religious dogmas at the expense of the health and well-being of a potential payer of taxes and consumer of goods.

That could be a start.

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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:50 PM
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101. The way I hear it
you don't really have the medical condition or the pain. It's just your body crying out for drugs.

'And if you are in pain because of a medical condition, tough shit, you need to let go and let God."
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:48 PM
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72. I couldn't believe I read that, either
1) This just in: There are reasons one might need a liver transplant that have nothing whatsoever to do with alcoholism, Hep C being among them.

2) What if you don't have 90 days before you need the transplant? Or are too sick to go to the meetings?

3) AA is a faith-based program. So basically, in order to get a liver, you must also receive a higher power.

4) Do they make you quit smoking before they'll operate on lung cancer? :eyes:

:grr:

A DUer's wife died recently, in Indiana, I think, because the health care system let her down, too. :cry:
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:50 PM
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91. It's infuriating.
I can't imagine having to sit through AA meetings and listening to peoples "war stories" about drugging and drinking to get a liver transplant. It pisses me off that they think everyone who has HCV is an addict. Of course the Bush CDC is trying to further the myth, not expel it. :grr:
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Control-Z Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:27 PM
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95. That was the outstanding
part of the OP, to me. She took herself off of the list. She chose death over being forced into AA meetings (with all its implications).

There was a time when the sick where treated with love and compassion. Now we look for ways to blame people for their illness. We punish and humiliate them.

Nothing like killing the spirit when it's the only healthy part left.
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:54 PM
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56. I am so sorry for your loss.
I feel a special connection to Erma as I read DU behind the scenes for years before signing on. I will carry your friend in my heart as we fight to get this country back on track. Peace to you, Kim
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kerstin Donating Member (519 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 12:56 PM
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57. A moving tribute.
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 01:04 PM by kerstin
I myself do not post much either. Like me, she may have been intimidated by the brilliance that abounds here. Many posts are so elegantly argued, you feel you have nothing to add to the debate. I have a suspicion that erma could have added a great deal and just failed to recognize it.

She feels like a kindred spirit to me. May she rest in peace and bless you for posting this.


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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:02 PM
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58. I am so sorry. It seems to me that in recent years the loveliest people
have left us, while the most vile stand strong.
All the best to you, niceypoo, and to erma's family during this most difficult time.
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:13 PM
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62. {{{niceypoo}}}
Hon, I think you are part of Erma's voice. Your Erma did something as good or better than posting here - she brought you to DU. That was her speaking, volumes! The DUers that lurk but don't speak are a part of the DU gestalt, albeit a quiet part. She sounds like a special woman - how wonderful that you had the chance to know her!

I'm so sorry that you & her family are in pain, but also glad she found some measure of peace before going. Now it's up to us to keep the fires going.

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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:17 PM
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79. I second all that you say. Thanks niceypoo for introducing us to Erma
she sounds like she was a phenomenal lady. RIP and peace to those whose lives she touched, may comfort be found in memories and love.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:14 PM
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63. RIP, Erma
I wish I had been able to know you. Thanks for letting us know, Niceypoo, and I'm sorry for your loss. This must be very painful for you, losing such a good friend. The world needs more people like you, and Erma.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:17 PM
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64. thanks for sharing..
Erma sounds like a truly remarkable person. I'm sure her impression will be lasting.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:19 PM
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65. So sorry this lady has been so ill. It's good she knew things might be getting better, at least,
in a world which was everything she knew for so long. Maybe that relieved her worry about her grandchildren a bit.

Sure wish we could have said "hi" to her. Really good, concerned people are in such short supply, it seems. She would have been very appreciated here, as she is in learning about her from you.

Thank you for taking the time to tell DU'ers about another Democrat who cared. It sounds as if you lost a very good friend. So sorry. Thoughts are with you and her other loved ones.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:21 PM
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66. May you rest in peace, Erma Knox.
And a :hug: to you niceypoo, for being her friend.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:23 PM
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67. Fare Thee Well, Ms. Knox.
May you find peace and all that is good.
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Puglover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:27 PM
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68. What a wonderful tribute to your friend.
RIP Erma.
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La Coliniere Donating Member (581 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:31 PM
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69. Rest in Peace Erma
I don't post much either. Non-posting doesn't have any effect on the political education one receives by simply being a reader of posts.
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kerstin Donating Member (519 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:26 PM
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83. I agree. Whether one is a mega-poster or posts not at all, still
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 02:34 PM by kerstin
he or she is being enlightened, and the fact of their enlightenment serves to enlighten the world. Web
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:41 PM
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70. I wish I had known erma
My deepest condolences :hug:
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:44 PM
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71. Rest in Peace Erma.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:49 PM
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73. Thank you for all you did here on Earth, Erma.
Keep sending your strength to us down here.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 01:54 PM
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74. Goodbye Erma.
O8)
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:00 PM
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75. Sorry for your loss
and it sound like a loss to all of us. She will be watching the asshat from heaven along with all the dead from 9/11, the dead Afghanis, the dead Iraqis, the dead soldiers and marines, the dead mercenaries, the dead detainees, the dead reporters, all the dead children...she will be in good company. The celestial kingdom must be full of souls who know the truth about Bush and Cheney. I hope she meets my dad and my friend Jeannette. There must be a lot of unrest on the other side, God's side. Bush is too stupid to be afraid or to be sorry. I think there is a special place in hell for the proudly unrepentant. Bush's place.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:04 PM
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76. I don't think Miss Erma is spending much time reading our comments.
I think she has more important places to be, like sitting on the shoulder of a soldier going into battle, or perhaps whispering in the ear of a Senator who needs some more convincing. That's where I picture her.

Sorry for your (our) loss, niceypoo.
:hug:
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:11 PM
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77. We'll take it from here, Erma. May you rest well.
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windbreeze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:14 PM
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78. RIP Erma...
your suffering is ended, may you walk with angels...
wb
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:18 PM
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80. Vaya con dios, erma.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:21 PM
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81. Thanks for coming our way Erma.




May you rest in peace and may you find a better world than you saw for the last six years.







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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:25 PM
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82. Blessed be.
Thanks to you for bringing her to our attention, I often wonder how many Ermas there are out there and suspect that there are far more than we realize.

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Mick Knox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:27 PM
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84. Wish she had let us to get to knows her
She sounds great!
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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:29 PM
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85. RIP Erma
My condolences to you and yours. She sounds like a real firecracker of a lady, I'm sad we never got to know her.

Thanks for givin' 'em hell, Erma. :patriot:
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Pierzin Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:31 PM
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86. sorry to hear that niceypoo.
i wish she would have posted, though.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:36 PM
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87. Wonderful Tribute, Thank You For Sharing
:cry:
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:39 PM
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88. Rest In Peace erma...
May you receive the same love and tenderness that you have shown in the past.

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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:40 PM
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89. Thank you for fighting the good fight, Erma.
May you now rest in peace.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 02:43 PM
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90. RIP erma, Erma Knox. I'm sorry you lost your friend niceypoo.
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 02:55 PM by Cobalt Violet
" She took herself off of the list last December because she was told she had to go to AA meetings for 90 days before she would be given a liver. She flatly refused because she didn't drink." :grr: :grr:

How fucking infuriating! That shouldn't have been done to her. We need better laws for dealing with this disease. People shouldn't be treated this way if they don't have a drinking problem and perhaps even if they do. She wouldn't have made the 90 days. They didn't want to give her a liver. What if a match came at 78.5 days? This is so tragic and wrong. I hope congress can find to time to deal with this disease. There is no support out there for us. NONE! :grr:

I wish she had posted. It sounds like we had a lot in common.
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Cabcere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:00 PM
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93. Rest in peace, Erma
She sounds like a wonderful lady. :hug: And I hope she will be able to "claw her way out of the ground" to see Bush on trial soon! ;) Please know that I am thinking about you and all of Erma's family and friends. :patriot: Peace.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:07 PM
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94. I'm really sorry about your friend
Thank you for sharing with us
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MLFerrell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:37 PM
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97. My condolences...
"...she was told she had to go to AA meetings for 90 days before she would be given a liver. She flatly refused because she didn't drink."

What the fuck? They denied her a transplant because she refused to be brainwashed by quasi-religious cultists? Is this standard procedure? :mad:
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:08 PM
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118. Just for HCV+ people.
I've heard of 60 day, twice a week, with random drug tests. Any fuck-ups and your off the list. Sounds like being on probation. Yes, your a criminal if you are HCV+. Fucking guilty even if you've never drank or did drugs. Even if you got it from a transfusion. The thing that pisses me off too is that if someone wants to get some relief by using medical marijuana that would take them off the transplant list. If they stay on the list they still may die before there is ever a liver. Then they would've died a much more painful death than is necessary. :grr:

It's time to Decriminalize HCV.
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MLFerrell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 08:38 PM
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151. You've GOT to be kidding me...
That is the sickest thing that I've ever heard. ANY person with Hep C has to go to those asinine meetings? ANYBODY? ALL OF THEM?

FUCK! What the hell is wrong with people in this country? Are we really so callous that we force the victims of a deadly disease to attend quasi-religious brainwashing sessions just to have a slim hope at continued life?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS "COUNTRY"???!!!

There is NO emoticon for what I'm feeling at present...
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 07:00 AM
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178. No, just those with end-stage liver disease who need transplants.
To get listed many or most places make you do that. Not to long ago some places required it for those just getting the non-transplant interfuron/riba treatment. I don't think they are doing that any more. Some place still may be.
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Garbo 2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:40 PM
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98. RIP Erma and thank you niceypoo for the touching tribute to your friend.
Condolences to you and the family. Wish we could have known her too.

:grouphug:
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:43 PM
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99. You honor her well with your tribute.
Very, very nicely done. Thank you for telling us about this good soul that was quietly among us all along. I hope she had a peaceful end.

Heartfelt condolences to you and to us all for the loss of our friend, Erma.

:grouphug:

Julie
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:45 PM
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100. This makes me think about all the people
who come here and are not heard from, but yet are still connected to all of us...

RIP fellow DU'er...
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:54 PM
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102. May She Rest In Peace And I'm Sorry For Your Loss.
She sounds like she was one heck of a person and a heck of a democrat. I only wish we could've known her as she knew us. I can only hope that soon enough she will get her wish of * being held accountable for his crimes.

God bless and thanks for the post,

OMC
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:00 PM
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103. I have often wondered how many people come here and never
post anything.

Hello to all of you and goodbye erma.
:hug:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:01 PM
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104. Thanks for posting about Erma and bringing her to our attention.
As others have mentioned, I'm sure there are many other DU'ers like her who don't post often, yet keep on top of what's happening.

Her story is a wonderful reminder of how connected we really are.

Blessings to Erma on her journey.... O8)
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:04 PM
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105. Go with the angels, Erma Knox. In your family, your name will be remembered for a blessing.
Niceypoo, thanks so much for sharing this eulogy with us. She sounds like a wonderful lady.

Hekate

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Greybnk48 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:10 PM
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106. Goodbye Erma Knox
and condolences to you niceypoo. Loyal DUers should be remembered and she will be.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:10 PM
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107. RIP, erma.
Thanks, niceypoo.

:cry:

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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:12 PM
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108. Thanks for sharing her story
I'm glad she got to see the Plame hearings before she went.

I have a few friends with Hep C, and they are very active in several organizations that help bring attention to the disease.
I think one of them is http://www.hepcaware.org but I will doulbe check that tomorrow.

RIP Erma.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:15 PM
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109. This is one of the saddest things I've ever read.
Erma, wherever you are, we will continue the good fight.

And for you, niceypoo ... :hug:
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:18 PM
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110. Thank you niceypoo
Now, part of Erma will live on in my memory. :)

I hope her grandkids eventually join us here.



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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:24 PM
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112. May she rest in peace and rise in glory! n/t
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:32 PM
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113. Rest in peace my sister nt
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:37 PM
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114. May her soul find comfort in justice served one day soon
:patriot:
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 04:51 PM
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115. AWwwr. I wish she'd posted!
She sounds like a magnificent lady. Rest in Heavenly Peace, Erma... :hug:
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:02 PM
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116. May Emma rest peacefully as she watches the justice unfold from above.
RIP Ms. Emma Knox.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:04 PM
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117. Peace to you, Erma Knox.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:13 PM
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119. I'm so sad that I hadn't the opportunity to know her.
I'm so ashamed of our country to force an old woman to take the blame for something she didn't do (by forcing her to go to AA!) in order to get needed medical treatment.

It's beyond ignorant.

It's beyond negligent.

IT'S IMMORAL!!

And, should be illegal!

Thank you for sharing her story with us, and thank you for being her friend!

My thoughts and best wishes to you......

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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:30 PM
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121. Sadly I don't think I was familiar with Erma's work here
But if she was a DUer she was family. Good journey to you departed one.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:34 PM
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122. RIP, Erma.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:43 PM
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123. Thanks for sharing....
Sorry that she never posted her thoughts here. I suspect that there are many Erma's who are/were avid readers of DU.
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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 05:59 PM
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124. RIP Emma k&r n/t
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TheBaldyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:02 PM
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125. k&r for Erma
she sounds like a wonderful lady. A great shame, my condolences to her family.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:02 PM
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126. Erma, say hello to Andy Stephenson on your way in to heaven
It always hurts to lose another loyal DU'er, she sounds like a great lady.

:-)
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:12 PM
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127. Thank you, erma.
Your life's work will continue.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:14 PM
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128. Peace.
Thank you,
Bob
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:17 PM
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129. RIP Erma. We will see justice done. n/t
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:18 PM
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130. RIP
:cry:
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:20 PM
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131. So sorry to hear this! Thanks for posting.
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oblivious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:23 PM
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132. It was nice of you to post this.
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:47 PM
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133. Since she spent so much time here
her spirit is alive in all of us.
To paraphrase John Donne:
No one is an island; we're all part of something larger. When one of us passes, a piece of all of us passes with them.
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:48 PM
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134. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Knox, and Thank You, Patriot.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:57 PM
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135. RIP Mrs. Knox
Peace be with you niceypoo :hug:
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 06:59 PM
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136. ...peace
:hug:
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:01 PM
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137. Rest in Peace, erma. I hope you see this thread from whatever
peaceful place you have gone to. May Love and Light surround you and those who will miss you.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:02 PM
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138. Sorry for your loss, Niceypoo.
:cry:

Sounds like you, and all who kneow Erma will miss her terribly. Her good deeds
will echo through time!
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:02 PM
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139. I am so sorry to hear this.
Take care of yourself and all her loved ones. :hug:
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Digit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:03 PM
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140. RIP, erma
How sad
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jbm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:09 PM
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141. RIP Erma
I wish she would have posted. She sounds like someone whose words would have contained a lot of wisdom.
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:16 PM
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142. Kick for Erma!
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:18 PM
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143. Very nice tribute; to Erma, may she rest in peace.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:19 PM
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144. Love to you, Erma
And to you, too, niceypoo

:loveya:

:cry:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:19 PM
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145. What a lovely tribute
R.I.P Erma Knox.
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bentley Donating Member (76 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:27 PM
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146. Rest In Peace Erma
Thank you niceypoo and my condolences to you and the family.
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Duppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 07:27 PM
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147. niceypoo, you wrote a touching epitaph for Erma
Edited on Sun Mar-18-07 07:29 PM by Duppers
What a great lady she was.

I'm also angry that she was told that she had to go to AA meetings when she did not drink. Sounds like a way out of treating her, imo. My cousin has had hepatitis C for over 20 yrs. but he's has gotten the very best treatment available. He got it from infected blood given to him during an operation at one of the best medical schools in the country. The med school took responsibility and have since taken care of him. Dear Erma would still be alive had she the same treatment, I suspect.

Glad to hear she made it until she had heard the news that the infection in Washington DC is being exposed.

Take care, Niceypoo. Thank you so much for letting us know.

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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 08:08 PM
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148. It is hard and a sad thing to lose one of our own great warriors
fighting for sanity....all the harts on du are heavy for you and Ema....rest in peace Ema
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 08:09 PM
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149. RIP
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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 08:31 PM
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150. Rest in Peace Erma!
And watch down on us as we kick Bush's ass for you!!!
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Ferretherder Donating Member (991 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 08:55 PM
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152. We all want what you want, Erma! If there is a way,...
...HELP US FROM THE OTHER SIDE!!!!

Love ya', girl.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:00 PM
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153. Thank you for letting us know about such a great lady.
You were so lucky to have known her. RIP, Erma.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:06 PM
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154. Now I know who to thank for the Democratic wins in the 2006 elections...
Thank you Erma Knox, wherever you are.

:hug:

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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:19 PM
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156. She really sounds like she could have been
a close friend of mine as well.

It sounds like we've lost a patriot, and by that I am compelled.

Thank you for letting us know she was with us all.

It gives us reason to believe there are more silent angels about as well.

:patriot: :cry: :patriot:
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:24 PM
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157. Hey erma
You know, it might not be too late to get born before Bush is actually sitting in the docket of the Hague.

Just sayin.

Rest and renew, souls like yours are needed back in the wheel.

Blessed Be,
RealP
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:25 PM
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158. Sorry to hear the news about Erma
Thank you for telling the rest of her story. I recall early posts with her name on it. She fought a good fight and I daresay she left a torch for the rest of us DUers to pick up and carry the rest of the way.

Farewell Erma and God bless.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:27 PM
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159. it is always very sad to hear of a compatriot's passing, safe passage Erma...
:hug: O8)
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 09:44 PM
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160. We WILL make sure she gets her wish.
Plus.
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file83 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 10:32 PM
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161. RIP Erma
:grouphug:
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 10:40 PM
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163. Erma sounds like a very special lady
I'm sorry about your and your family's loss, niceypoo. Our fight will be stronger with Erma joining us from the other side. :hug:

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Laurier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 10:43 PM
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164. Terribly sorry for your loss
May she rest in peace.
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Morgana LaFey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 10:43 PM
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165. Thank you for the wonderful report
How sad I am at her passing, and even more so that we didn't get a chance to know HER firsthand, up close and personal. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sorry for OUR loss.

:hug:
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:20 PM
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166. ...
:grouphug:
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Vektor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:28 PM
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167. Rest in peace, Erma. I wish I'd known you...
I started posting here after the 2004 selection, after Erma stopped. It sounds like she was a wonderful woman.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 11:35 PM
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168. RIP Erma; and thank you, niceypoo, for telling her story.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 12:21 AM
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169. More people need to speak out against W
Our thoughts are with her.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 01:28 AM
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170. Lov ya Erma
:patriot:
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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 01:57 AM
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171. Erma Knox Made a Difference. An Example to Us All.
Her support and attention helped to build this place into a potent force for good.

She has earned her rest.

==
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 02:35 AM
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172. that is so sad. i'm very sorry to hear this. she sounds like a great person. n/t
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 02:44 AM
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173. Condolences to you and your family
Erma sounds like a real fighter, undoubtedly she will be missed by many. And I pray that she will "see" BushCo pay for their many sins, for everyone's sake. RIP Erma Knox. :cry:
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 03:58 AM
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174. Rest in peace, erma....
And thank you niceypoo for telling us about her. I am sorry for your loss!
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Norrin Radd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 04:24 AM
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175. Peace, erma. May you find your heaven.
We'll carry on the fight, for you.
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LosinIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 05:15 AM
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176. Erma, we hardly knew ye...
but I am certain that we would have loved ye.

And to all of the 'Ermas' out there, don't be afraid to post once in a while. I don't post often anymore, but I throw my two cents in once in a while. No one is going to bite, not in the literal sense anyway. Well, maybe they will bite in the 'literal' sense.

Rest peacefully, Erma.
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 05:24 AM
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177. Thank you for letting us know this....
.... :hug: :grouphug:
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 07:02 AM
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179. RIP Erma. n/t
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Jacklyn75 Donating Member (273 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 07:06 AM
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180. R.I.P. Erma!
She sounds like she was a wonderful person and I'm glad she had you as her friend!
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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 07:47 AM
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181. Dear Erma,
We'll get it done for you and your grandchildren... as well as our own.

RIP.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 08:02 AM
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182. my condolences to you and her family
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 08:28 AM
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184. Offical SpiralHawk Wing WigWag of Respect
Requisqat in Pacem Erma

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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 09:20 AM
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185. RIP, Erma Knox. Thank you for being a part of our DU family.
:hug:
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 09:34 AM
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186. My condolences to you, her friends and family.
She sounds like a fun person to know. We will miss her watching over us here at DU.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 10:59 AM
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187. Rest in peace erma.
:-(


:cry:
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kdpeters Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 11:05 AM
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188. She knew something. She was at peace.
The asshat is going down. It's just a matter of time.

Thank you Erma. Rest with the Angels.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 12:23 PM
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189. RIP Erma
I am so sorry to hear this.
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-21-07 07:46 AM
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190. Thank you all very much for the outpouring of goodwill!
I will print this thread out and share it with my sister-in-law at Erma's memorial service this weekend. This will make her very happy!

Peace, Love
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-21-07 07:47 AM
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191. RIP Erma
I wish I had known you
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dae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-21-07 08:02 AM
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192. Beautiful post about a lovely lady, RIP Ms. Erma. How
many other DUer's are there that never post as well. God Bless!
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