Friday, July 18, 2014

A Life Changed

Today they bury a dear friend of mine.  Our beloved travel companion Patsy Perrington.  She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a month ago.  She didn't make it to her first chemo at Johns Hopkins.  Chuck
is devastated.  We are shocked, once again, at the sudden loss of a close friend.

I am so lucky, my memories of patsy are those surrounded by incredible scenery, beautiful skies.........and Chuck.  We teased her because on one of the trips the cruise line misprinted her name as Pasty.  In Skagway Alaska,
she leaned in to look at something in a shop window and banged her head
so hard she nearly knocked herself out.  On another cruise she felt bad so much that she slept in the cabin for much if the day.  She was diagnosed with diabetes after she got home and she retired from her job as RN at the Randolf County Prison.

Her heart was huge.  She had such a loving nature.  And there was never a doubt that she and Chuck loved each other deeply.

We laughed nonstop when we were with them.  She had the most
beautiful laugh, uniquely Patsy.  She sounded like Dolly Parton when she talked, a true native of North Carolina.

When we called Chuck this afternoon, Patsy's daughter answered the phone.  My heart skipped a beat, because she sounded just like my beloved friend!

My heart is incredibly empty.  And I am unable to fly to be there with her.

I will never take another vacation that I will not think of her or truly wish she were there with me.


  1. So hard to lose a dear friend - cherish every day

  2. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Patsy.

  3. So sorry for you loss. Peace and comfort to you and Frank. Thinking of you!
    Also, let me know if you need a ride to doctors appointments, etc. :)


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