Sunday, March 15, 2009


This morning at 7:30am, our mother passed away after a nearly year long battle with cancer. We want to thank everyone who has been so kind to our mother and family throughout this time. This blog was very important to Mom. She enjoyed reading all of your posts and sharing her life with all you. We are in the process of making arrangements for her memorial service and will post information as we have it.

Thank you again to all of you.

Melissa, Jay and Dianna


Amy said...

Deepest sympathies Melissa, Jay, & Dianna! My pa's church was just praying for you all this morning, and now we heard the news. Your mama raised incredible kids - lean on one another. Our family is here for you guys. Just ask - if there is anything at all we can do. Lots of love & prayers to you. With sadness yet joy she suffers no more, Amy (Gaskell) Crombie

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Kraig and Barbara said...

I hope you are all holding up ok. Be sure to call us if there is anything we can do. We love you.

Here is my favorite poem. It reminds me of Kendra:

Summer of the Peas (by Don Mankin)

Sitting the house
I said "I will write
a poetry of gardens".

I will put everything in.
The center of it shall be
an apple tree...but

everything shall go
in...the vines...the roots
the leaf and branch

The green and the gold.
I said "I will write
cabbages and carrots

I will make cinquains,
red and green cinquains,
out of all the peppers

triolets of the yellow
hammers of summer squash
and whole strings of haiku

of the blue flowers of peas,
and the green slippers of peas,
and the short summer of peas."

Sitting in the house
I said "I will write a poetry
of gardens"...and I did.

and it was vegetables
a prose of vegetables...
So I got up out of the house

and the tiredness of houses
and worked all day in the garden,
the whole blessed day in the garden

hoeing the young poems.

I know Kendra is at peace in the Garden.

Beth said...

To the family of Kendra Carpenter

We, at the library, are deeply saddened by the loss of Kendra’s passionate, luminous spirit. She worked at the library since 2005 and took on, with all her heart, the responsibility for the children’s programming, bringing in a host of captivating storytellers and fascinating performers to entertain our community’s youth. She imagined, organized and successfully produced the extremely popular Boogie with Baby event which was held two years running before she became ill. Her incredible love for children and their parents lent a unique charm to her tenure as the children’s librarian. It was mirrored in the joy children exhibited when they caught sight of her, bringing her drawings and little gifts of adoration and trust. The Library staff loved working with Kendra and miss her already! Please let her beautiful, warm, fun-loving light shine on in the community’s memory and nurture those qualities in all the rest of us.

Wendy said...

I am so so sorry to hear that. I thought your dear mom was coming back to blogging. Hadn't heard from her in a while..
God bless you all. It's so hard to lose a mother.
And your mother was a fun and loving person.

Bramblerose said...

There are no words.
Much love, safe journey

Heather said...

Melissa, Jay and Dianna,

I came to your Mom's blog thru Mimi & Julian. Please know you are in my prayers and how much I enjoyed reading your Mom's thoughts. One could tell by how she wrote how very much she loved you.

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I only knew your mother through her blog... and I am very sad to hear of her passing.

I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

God Bless You,