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My sister-in-law passed away  Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer.   She did not leave easy and she did not leave without the fight of her life. But she did leave at peace. She taught those of us , lucky enough to be in her orbit, the TRUE meaning of strength, and love and life.

She was 37 years old.


I took this photo of Maura and her daughter Ellie  in August on Ellie’s 4rth birthday .

How can she be just gone? Gone. I cannot wrap my head around it. My heart is broken.


We are heading up north for the services and to spend Thanksgiving with all of our family. I am going to take this week off from blogging to be where and who I need to be : a Mom and a Wife and Sister and Daughter . And Ellie’s Aunt Lesli.


Maura was adamant that her friends and family not lose focus on their families this Thanksgiving. Even writing that sentence makes me cry… how was she so brave?…and so strong…?


I wish each and every one of you a  safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.

26 thoughts on “GONE

  1. I am so very sorry. It doesn’t make sense how people can be just gone, does it? Wishing you safe travels, and happy times along with the sad with your family.

  2. I am so sorry for this loss. I hope that the time with your family will bring some peace to all of you, and start the healing.

  3. Bless your heart Lesli. I know too well that feeling of gone. It rips your heart out of your chest leaving a gapping hole the size of a continent that you feel won’t ever fill but in time the hole does grow smaller. Love grows deeply in the gap and you become settled with your loss. You never forget but you cling more closely to those you love. I will be thinking of you during all of this and sending my love and prayers. The holidays are especially hard for loss. I always go visit my son’s grave before Thanksgiving lunch. That empty chair is too much…..oxoxo

  4. Oh Lesli. I’m so very sorry. My hubby works for the American Cancer Society, and we’ve been touched so much by all of the stories that poor in about friends and loved ones over the years, but each time I hear of a knew one my heart breaks a little. I hope that time with your family brings you all comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  5. So sorry Lesli , I lost my sister on October after her long battle with cancer too, and I feel just like you. HOW, can she be gone. Thanksgiving will be hard for us as well. Have a safe trip and a wonderful time with your family. I know that is what they would have wanted for us all.

  6. Lesli, I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister in law – she seems like a wonderful, strong spirit. I pray that you and your family will be comforted and that you will be given peace that passes understanding in your hearts. God bless you all on Thanksgiving, as you remember Maura, and love on eachother.

  7. Oh my goodness, my heart aches for you. What a beautiful beautiful woman. I feel for her sweet kids and the whole family. So so sorry. I’ll have you in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo, Melaine

  8. I am so, so very sorry for you all. I’m 37 and I cannot imagine what kind of great courage she must have found in herself to fight and to ready herself and her family for the end. Prayers for you all in this difficult time and over the long days to come.

  9. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my prayers. Loss is never easy. But it’s especially hard when our lives are taken too early. Find some peace knowing that you (and Ellie) have an angel watching over you,,,

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