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  • Marym625 (29647 posts)
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    One of our own lost her sister yesterday.

    @areawoman, admin extraordinaire, animal lover, witty, intelligent and all around beautiful person, lost her sister yesterday.

    This was a sudden loss. Mary Gerba, areawoman’s older sister, died, suddenly, in her home yesterday morning.

    Mary and her family have suffered great loss over the years. They lost their home to hurricane Sandy. Then, suddenly, just four years ago, she lost her husband, father of her children.

    Now, this family has lost their mother, sister, aunt and friend

    Mary’s children are in their 20s and are unable to pay for all the expenses to properly say goodbye to their mother. There is no life insurance.

    Areawoman has been moderating JackpineRadicals since day one. She may not post much but she’s always watching over us. She’s hard working and one of the funniest, kindest people I know. I’m proud to call her friend.

    Friends of the family have started a gofundme to help pay for funeral and cremation expenses. If you are able, please send what you can to help.

    Thank you so much for any help you can give.

    Our deepest sympathies on your heartbreaking loss, areawoman. You are loved and appreciated. :hug: :heart:

    Gofundme link:

    Mary and her daughter


    Anyone who wants to donate but can’t use gofundme for whatever reason, you can use the donate to the site and send me a pm. I will send it directly to areawoman

    Edited to add areawoman’s tribute to her sister, Mary


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    • WillyT (11483 posts)
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      1. (((((((areawoman)))))))

      :hug: :hug: :hug:



    • Abakan (3058 posts)
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      2. Areawoman, whatever you need…

      If it is in my ability, just ask. It has been an honor to know

      you and I share your sorrow at losing your sister.

    • Jefferson23 (7274 posts)
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      3. So very sorry for your loss, areawoman!


      Thanks to Mary for posting this.

    • historylovr (195 posts)
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      4. So sorry for your loss.

      • Snort McDork (2785 posts)
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        5. My condolences for your loss

    • Haikugal (7293 posts)
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      6. Sorry for your loss AreaWoman…


      Thanks Mary for letting us know.

    • BuySellTrade (414 posts)
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      7. Condolences to Areawoman and Mary's family. RIP nt

    • Enthusiast (12609 posts)
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      8. Sorry for your loss, areawoman.

      :hug:  ((((((vibes)))))

      "I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." Thomas Jefferson
    • Xyzse (3514 posts)
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      9. I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Land of Enchantment (9894 posts)
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      10. Our hearts go out to you, dear Areawoman. You and your family are in our

      thoughts and we send our condolences to you all…

      To our members who might be unaware, please donate if you can. I know from experience that funeral homes demand payment for their services before they are rendered.  :hug:  :hug:  :hug:

           "Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart." ~ Emily Dickinson  
    • MannyGoldstein (2342 posts)
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      11. So, so sorry

      Any words I can think of seem so small… but know that you and your family are in my heart and my thoughts.

      Peace to all.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair
    • senz (5378 posts)
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      12. Condolences to area woman and her family.

    • area woman (5996 posts)
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      13. Thank you all so much. I'm overwhelmed by everybody's kindness




      I'm so cute I shit kittens.
    • glinda (2554 posts)
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      14. Deeply sorry for your loss areawoman. Love & cyberhugs in big amounts.

      Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
    • Shlabotnik (618 posts)
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      15. So sorry Areawoman,

      my deepest condolences to you and your family.

      ~ All Good things are Wild and Free ~
    • dorkzilla (2527 posts)
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      16. How awful

      Love love love her – will be donating tomorrow after a run to the bank.

      Area woman if you’re reading this know you’re loved and if you need anything I’m close by and all you need to do is ask.

      • Marym625 (29647 posts)
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        18. She's reading. She's very touched and thankful by everything

        And to everyone


        Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
      • area woman (5996 posts)
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        20. Thank you, dork.


        I'm so cute I shit kittens.
    • pacalo (173 posts)
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      17. My heartfelt sympathy to areawoman for her profound loss.

    • Ohio Barbarian (8519 posts)
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      19. Words fail. All I can say is I'm sorry, and that seems just so damned


      We do what we must do.–Robert E. Lee

      It’s all we can do sometimes. Best wishes, Areawoman.

      Give us the courage to do what is right, and if it means civil war, then let it come. --John Quincy Adams   
    • Dragonfli (1349 posts)
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      21. I went through this same expense problem when my wife died

      The treatments that failed to cure her (well insured at the time I might add), claimed all our savings, 401k, maxed all my credit cards and although at the time I was still able to work and was employed, I was of health necessity having to work fewer hours and was deeply in debt.

      I very much respect areawoman and although I admit I do not know her very well, I have to say that I find the posts I have read from her to match your description of her being one of the kindest and funniest people here, I have also seen first hand how she looks over us and looks out for us.

      I have no money whatsoever, but as I recall she is looking at at least $7,000 or more just for cremation, a short wake service attendance, and a plastic box, in fact I suspect the costs have risen sharply since I faced the unfortunate task, a task performed when one is weak as well as mentally and emotionally drained due to the loss.

      I will see what I can do to acquire something to contribute, I still have a few tools of value I no longer use that might fetch something.

      If nothing else, I will at least try, I remember well how hard it was  for me to cover the same expenses, all during a time when money is an unneeded distraction from grief and in this case the comforting of her sister’s children.

      I only wish I could do something, anything, to reduce the grief that will always linger, but is likely overwhelming currently if the dull shock has worn off yet, which it likely already has.

      “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall


      • Marym625 (29647 posts)
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        23. Please do not try to donate when you're hurting

        They’re doing well with the drive. They’re nearly at $3000 and it’s just the first day.

        I know your very heartfelt condolences are more than enough. Reaching out like this means so much.

        I’m so sorry you have gone through so much. :hug:

        Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
    • bbgrunt (275 posts)
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      22. so sorry.

      Is it possible to add a paypal option to your go fundme page?

      • Marym625 (29647 posts)
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        24. You can use our PayPal and we'll get it to her

        Just send me a pm and we’ll be more than happy to do it that way

        Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
    • Piperay (733 posts)
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      25. I'm so sorry

      Sending you loving thoughts…  :heart:

    • ralps (5085 posts)
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      26. Oh No area woman! Great big hugs to you & your family!


    • roguevalley (2497 posts)
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      27. There are no words that will help you with this. Only time is your friend.

      Just know how much you are loved and how much we hold you and your family, your sister and everyone in hers in our hearts tonight. Know you are surrounded and awash in love.

      Be love. Be light. Fear is the only darkness. Love is the only light.
    • Silver Witch (6327 posts)
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      28. Thank you for posting this Mary.

      I have sent along a wee bit. Letting the members know about each of us is so wonderful.

      Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost~John Quincy Adams  
    • disillusioned73 (636 posts)
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      29. My sincere condolences..

      May she find peace, and her grieving family find comfort in her loving memories.. :(

      "Certainly there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats." - Bernie Sanders