May 7, 2014 - Goodbye Granny.




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Carol L. Hattrup passed away peacefully on May 7, 2014 after battling cancer with her family by her side.

Carol was born on January 26, 1939 to Ethel P. Rowden (Morefield) and Harry E.W. Forge, in Lewiston, Idaho. She married R. John Kunze in 1956, and had 2 sons, the youngest being born just days after her husband's death in 1959. In 1962 she married John (Jack) Hattrup, and together they had 3 more children. Jack’s job took them to Baker Oregon, and then Walla Walla Washington, before settling in Pasco in 1974, where they built their business and raised their family.

Carol was an avid gardener, blogger, talented artist and a lover of music, but first and foremost a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
          
She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved step-father, H. Fred Morefield and son Richard Kunze. She will be greatly missed by those who survive her; husband Jack, of 52 years, sister Cristy Palmer (Jim), sons R. John Kunze and Scott Hattrup, daughters Shannon Hattrup and Amy Davis (Bryan), grandchildren Shawn, Jared, Shayna, Alicia, Ethan, Sierra, Kevin and Alicyn, and great grandchildren Carter, Cambri, Remington, Bryson and Amaya.

At her request, there will be no service. 


I'm not ready to say goodbye,
but I'll wipe my tears and dry my eyes,
for you'll live on in all we do,
as each of us is part of you.
And much like the seeds in the gardens you've grown,
your words have been planted, your love has been sown.
I'm not ready to say goodbye,
but I'll go on, and I'll survive,
for with each spring blossom, each laugh and each tear,
I will think of you always and know that you're here.


Amy Davis

86 comments:

  1. My condolences! I am so sorry for your loss.
    She was so loved.....and will be very much so missed.

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  2. Her words have been planted deep in my heart, my soul. I've said that when I grow up I want to be like Granny because she was kind and wise, understanding and compassionate. The best friend I've ever had! She meant, no, she means the world to me.

    You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. The poem is beautiful and so perfect. Thank you for letting us know. (hugs)

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  3. Rest in peace,Granny. I am so sorry to hear the news,Amy. I have been following the blog for almost a year and have never commented but still I feel like I know granny a lot and am sure going to miss her writings greatly. She is a great inspiration to many gardeners. I am sure heaven is gonna be filled a more beautiful garden.

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  4. Amy,
    Thank you for keeping us updated. I'm very sorry for your family's loss. Carol was a great influence to other gardeners and bloggers. Though I never met her in person, we frequented GardenWeb at the same time a few years ago, and she was always a kind, caring, and helpful online friend. She influenced me to start my own blog (though I've never been as good at keeping up with it as she was). She will be missed.
    Amy (from Tales of a Transplanted Gardener, aka Greenbean08).

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  5. Goodbye, Granny. I know we were only blogging buddies, but my world was much brighter because of you. I pray that you are already starting your eternal vegetable garden and digging in the rich, beautiful soil that only heaven can provide and angels can work.

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  6. To all of Carol's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know I am not the only Blogger who will be grieving the loss of this sensational woman. The world is truly at a loss now.

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  7. She was an inspiration to all gardeners who followed her blog. She will be sorely missed by the garden blogging community.

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  8. I am so sorry. Blessings on your family.

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  9. Good bye Carrol, aka Annie's Granny. You were inspiration for so many and will be missed greately.

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  10. Amy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear that. I so enjoyed conversing with Carol and was a faithful reader of her blog, as she was mine, for 1 1/2 years. May many sweet memories console you all.

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  11. I am a better gardener today because of Granny. Her blog taught me so much over the years. I will miss her wisdom and wit. To her family-thank you for sharing her with us. She was truly a special woman.

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  12. she will be deeply missed by many...Granny was the first person to ever comment on my blog + an inspiration in too many ways to mention in one comment...God Bless you + your family Granny:-) You will be missed:-)

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  13. My prayers for your family. She was an inspiration for all of us gardeners and will be missed.

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  14. I will miss her and I never even met her. Blessings to your family at this time of sorrow.

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  15. What a sad, sad day - my most heartfelt condolences to all of Granny's family. Granny was one of a kind and will be very much missed...

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  16. I am just not sure how to put into words how much she will be missed. She was truly like a Grandmother to all of us. And now we all have a new gardening angel watching over us. 2nd Man and I extend our thought and prayers to all of her family.

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  17. My deepest condolences. I read her posts every time she published though rarely commented. I send you all my best wishes.

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  18. I'm so sorry for your loss! Granny was one of my favorite people in the world. We laughed together and she tried to steal my dog and my handy husband often. I was inspired daily to do more, even though I knew I could never keep up with her. She seemed to always have so much energy and drive. I will still continue to strive to have gardens as pretty and organized as hers always were. Despite the pain at her loss, I am so glad that I got to know her and have her in my life. Again, Amy and family, I am so sorry for your loss!

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  19. Rest in peace, Granny. You will be missed by many but the seeds you have planted in us will live on.

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  20. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Goodbye, Gran. You were one of a kind.

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  21. My condolences to the family! I've only been reading Granny's blog for about a year, but she seemed like such a wonderful person.

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  22. My sincere condolences to the family and all who knew her, either in person or through the blogosphere. Her gentle wit, and amazing gardening ability will be missed. She was so generous with her time, and comments. Rest in Peace Granny.

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  23. Rest In Peace Granny. My deepest condolences to the family.

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  24. She was on my mind quite a bit yesterday.. I suppose this is why... She was, and still is, truly an inspirational woman in my heart. She was an incredibly strong woman, full of perseverance and take THAT! attitude, stubborn and filled with as much love and humor as a person can possibly possess... I will miss you dearly but your inspiration will certainly carry on. Gardening for Granny continues for me... My prayers and thoughts go out to your family, both blood related and blogger, as we all are saddened by the thought of losing you... Much love and hugs to you all. She is gardening in the most beautiful garden of all now. <3 <3 <3

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  25. I'm so very sorry. I loved your mom even though I never met her and I will plant something in her honor.
    God's blessings to all of you!

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  26. Words can't express how sad I am for all of you today. Thank you for posting the update. You will all be in my prayers today.

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  27. Granny may have passed....but she has left such a mark on all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a whole lot of people, from all over the world. we may have not ever met Granny in person, but all of us were touched by her grace, and all of us have learned so much from her. i believe that if you pass and have affected as many people as Granny did, then she has done her job on earth and done it incredibly well.

    Amy - my condolences to you and all of your family members. your poem is beautiful and touching. thank you for sharing it.

    from a blogger a million miles away, who sends prayers and warm thoughts to your family, and from someone who learned so much from Granny.

    kymber

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  28. So very sorry for your families' loss. Granny was such an inspiration to me, I loved her blog so. Rest in peace Granny, knowing that you touched so many people in untold ways. Love, Wendy

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  29. I was deeply saddened when I read the blog post title. As many others have said, I never met her but always drew inspiration from her prowess gardening techniques as well as other adventures she described. I am truly sorry.

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  30. I haven't checked in on Granny's blog for nearly a year. With the garden season kicked off I stopped in to see how she was doing... I'm so sorry for your family's loss, she was a great lady, and her friends around the world will miss her deeply. It breaks my heart that i won't be spending my summer comparing harvests and watching as her garden blossoms from a dirty smudge in the yard into the living breathing glory that she worked so hard to make it. I guess I'll be planting the Bloody Butcher tomato she recommended in her honor, rather than just to see if they are as good as she said. Lots of Love, Ariel.

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  31. Thank you for posting such a beautiful video of Carol's life. Granny will definitely be dearly missed.

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  32. Carol was and is my BFF. We were best friends from the 7th grade till now. It won't end with her being gone. We went through so much together. I will miss her beyond belief. See you soon, dear friend. And, Jack, I am so sorry for your and our loss.

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  33. So sorry for your families loss. I have enjoyed reading Granny's posts and have learned a lot. She will be missed.

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  34. I am so sorry to learn this news about Granny. She was so industrious, hard-working, and inspiring. I was amazed at her stamina and productivity in the garden. Through this blog, she taught me how to make seed mats, and I think of her every time I tend my vegetable garden. She had a tremendous sense of humor, she responded to everyone's comments on this blog, and her voice will be missed. I wish the best for your family and that you are able to find peace soon after this loss.

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  35. What a lovely tribute. Her generosity and kindness was evident in her blogging. She was a lovely woman.

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  36. Granny, there are many things I am going to miss about you like your writing, garden, recipes and wit. Even down to reading about Mr. Granny, for example his response to you filling the garage with cow manure :) You have left a mark on this world and raised a beautiful family and for that you will live on forever.

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  37. Thank you for posting this and please accept my deepest condolences.

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  38. I am so saddened to read about Granny's passing. Throughout the past few years, your mom has shown me such kindness even though I have never met her in person. She encouraged me to garden when I was so new to it. And sent me seeds from her garden to try. I will miss reading her blog posts. She was a wonderful human being, filled with joy and passion. All of her devoted readers felt like she was our grandma. My prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.

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  39. Granny will be missed but not forgotten. Her family and blog will continue to remind everyone of her life and spirit. God bless you all and prayers that you may find peace.

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  40. I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed her blogs and learned so much from Granny. Nancy

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  41. Thanks for sharing this. She was an inspiration to all of us who read her adventures, gardening or otherwise. Sending {{hugs}} to all her family and friends.

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  42. So sad to hear. Granny you will be missed. My condolences to your family.

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  43. I am so very sorry for your loss. There is so little I can say, but my heart goes out to the whole family. Granny meant a lot to a lot of people and she will be missed. I'm sure her memory will live on in our hearts and our gardens.

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  44. I am truly sorry for your families loss, I learned as many did some wonderful gardening tips from Granny's post.

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  45. I had to stop back by again.. the video is new and wow, the tears are flowing! Loved seeing her life in pictures, and boy, wasn't she just a firecracker right on to the end. :) Will love and miss you dearly! Say hi to my mama up in heaven for me... <3 <3 <3

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  46. I am a long-time reader. Granny's posts always brightened my mornings. I felt inspired by her tremendous courage and optimism, even when she was obviously not doing well. She'll be sorely missed. My thoughts are with Granny's family - hope you are doing well. Warmest regards from Australia.

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  47. I am so sorry for your loss. Granny will be greatly missed.

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  48. While your mom has been in my life for a short time, I am a better person and gardener because of all she has shared. I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

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  49. I'm so sad to hear this, and so sorry for your loss. I learned a lot from Granny since I started blogging. She was a wonderful woman, and will be greatly missed out here in Blogland, as well as at home by you, her lovely family.

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  50. I am so sorry to hear! I loved to follow her blog, she was such a great inspiration. You will be truly missed, Granny!

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  51. So sorry to hear of Granny's passing. I enjoyed reading her blog, and learned many gardening tips. My condolences to your family.

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  52. Condolences to all of you. I've been reading Granny's posts for the past 2 years now and have learnt an awful lot from her. It's getting cold here in South Africa now, so my garden is resting, but I will surely think of her when I plant my new garden. And probably wonder out loud..."now what would Granny do?"

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  53. Condolences to your family . Granny will live on in all she inspired to garden. Great lady. So sorry for this loss.

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  54. It's just impossible to express in written word just how very much Granny will be missed. As so many of her followers have already mentioned, she has left her mark on the blogging world and our hearts!

    Amy and family… after losing my father, I know that going forward without her will be difficult. But, as time goes by, I hope that your memories of her will remind you not only that she is gone… but that she lived!!

    My deepest condolences for your loss. Affectionately, Tammy

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  55. My very deepest sympathy to her family! Heaven has a bright new shining star!

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  56. I know heaven is a much brighter place now and our world a little darker. All I know is that I will miss my long distance friend. Thank you all for sharing her with us for we are all part of the extended family. Amy if you can please leave the blog up so it can help many more new gardeners. AG's advise and help are timeless. I am truly at a loss for words.

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    1. I would be happy to keep the blog up, but I don't know much about it...If I leave it alone will it remain up? Does it require maintenance of any kind? Or will it get deleted due to inactivity? Thank you for your kind words about my Mother. She truly loved her blogger family.

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    2. I believe it will remain up with no maintenance required. I've come across blogs where it's been years since a post was made.

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    3. Amy... you don't need to do a thing. The blog will stay up unless it is deleted. Thank you so much for allowing it to up. I was hoping you would also. By the way... the dedication video and poem were just beautiful! Love to you and your family!

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  57. She was a special lady, and my heart goes out to all of her loved ones. I found Annie's Kitchen Garden about two hours after getting a plot in a community garden. Her wit and wisdom launched my gardening career, and she's been a virtual companion in my garden ever since. I think of her every time I get a burger at my neighborhood joint. They make their own buns, which look an awful lot like "Granny's Buns!" Thanks for sharing her with us for so long.

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  58. I can not express how much I will truly miss Granny. I loved and greatly admired her. She was the first to welcome me into the blogging community and the comments she left on my blog were witty, funny, and kind at the same time. Oh, how much fun we had talking online. When I mentioned that I was a fan of Bee Gees, this was the comment she left me:

    Your chives, being Closer Than Close, are better than having just One. If they weren’t all Living Together, they have a lot of Lonely Days , leading to Night Fever. That could cause a lot of Emotion among them. After all, common chives and garlic chives are Flesh and Blood ya know! How Can You Mend a Broken Heart if garlic chives ignores common chives and spends all of her Nights On Broadway? I can almost hear common chives crying, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything! If I Can’t Have You, I might as well move into a House of Shame, you Heartbreaker! Garlic chives, you’re More Than A Woman to me. I Love You Inside Out, with Love So Right. Sob; sniffle. How Deep Is Your Love? I’m not just Chive Talkin’, Garlic. Please Be Tender With My Love.” I like the Bee Gees too!

    Vintage Granny. Your family's loss is ours as well. My deepest condolences to you, Amy, and your entire family. -- Mrs. R.

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  59. How sad I was to read this news. My condolences to Carol's family and friends. She was truly inspirational.

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  60. So very saddened to learn that Granny has left us. She and her shared adventures will be truly missed. With deepest condolences, Kris

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  61. My deepest sympathies. I always looked forward to reading her blog. She was such an amazing gardener.

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  62. Amy and family....thank you for updating the post with the video, so very sweet and neat to watch her life in pictures. I still find it hard to not see her comments on our blogs. She was a common link to a lot of us with blogs, and her absence is very noticeable. The last few days, I've found myself wanting to send her a note about our garden and get some advice.

    Somehow though, I think we'll all have a garden angel visiting us from time to time. :-)


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  63. With profound sadness, I offer your family condolences. Granny was like an online granny to so many of us. Always visited this blog to read on granny's kindness, knowledge and wisdom, not just about gardening but all the rest as well. She had an answer to everything and I could always count on her for a response back.

    I feel for Mr.Granny, who she had once offered to give up (one of the first times I visited this site). She was an absolute delight to converse with and had so much advice for newbies like me. I just can't believe she has left us all alone, this gardening season. It hasn't yet sunk in, but thinking about her brings tears to my eyes.

    Granny - Hope you have a wonderful mother's day, wherever you are!! Rest in peace, you deserve it after working so hard on your garden year round for many many years!! WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!

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  64. Like so many here, Granny was the first to comment on my blog and, later, through email. After complaining about having a hard time growing tomatoes in Florida, she sent me some seeds that she said were supposed to grow in our heat and humidity. I planted them a couple months ago (way too late for our season), but they are the strongest plants I have and were the first to flower. I will save seeds from these this year and they will forever be known as Granny's tomatoes and will always have a place in my garden.

    Thank you for keeping the blog up so that we can read her words of wisdom and keep her in our hearts.

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  65. Although your hearts are heavy with sorry and loss at this time, I’m sure you know that you were blessed with a truly wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. People like Carol are few and far between. She was an inspiration to all of us gardeners and touched all of us with her hard work, gracious soul, whit, many talents and love for her family.

    Although we never met in person, Granny was like the mother that I never had. She helped me through some very hard times. Her words of wisdom and love will be with me forever. Luv u Granny and Happy Mother’s Day!

    God Bless you Mr. Granny....she loved you very very very much!

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  66. Oh, what sad news! My heartfelt condolences to her friends and family. She will be missed by many.

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  67. She was a woman after my own heart and also my age. I too will not have 'services' but just want my family and friends to gather and remember me and laugh about some of the things I have done.

    Blessing to you all.

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  68. My heart aches. I am glad she is not suffering but I am so sad that she is no longer here with us. I am one of hundreds if not thousands of people that will be mourning her loss with your family. Granny you will be missed! Until we meet again....

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  69. I am so sorry... She will surely be missed...

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  70. I am so sorry to hear that Granny is gone. She will not be forgotten as she will remain an inspiration to so many gardeners. We miss her.

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  71. Amy,
    I did not know your mother personally yet I feel through her blog that I knew her and all of your family through her pictures and stories. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Thank you for keeping her blog up and hopfully you will continue to blog on her behalf so that we can continue to get updates on your family. I know only speaking of myself, but I have been following her blog for many years now and it would be nice to continue hearing about your family. Again I am very sorry for your loss. Loosing a mother is hard. You never stop missing them, but as time passes the memories really do keep you going. My deepest sympathy from my oahana to yours...Karrie

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  72. So sorry for your family's loss.

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  73. I am so sorry for the loss. My deepest condolences to your family.

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  74. thank you for this post notifying us of your loss during this hard time. It is greatly appreciated by those of us who check in on Granny's blog. I never met her and I thought she was amazing. I can't imagine how amazing she must've been in real life.

    Condolences and best wishes for you & yours,
    donna

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  75. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing AG with us for so long. She was an amazing woman and she will be missed by all.

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  76. I a sorry for your loss. I enjoyed her teachings on gardening.

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  77. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The world has lost a wonderful woman! Granny helped me succeed through my first year of gardening (and every year since) and I continue to learn more every single time I read her posts. Her spirit will live on through the gardens of everyone who's ever learned one of her many kernels of wisdom over the years.

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  78. Blessings to Carol and her family!

    What a wonderful person she was, and she touched many with her love of gardening and sharing. I still recall how excited she was when her name was drawn in a giveaway of one of my Train Station prints. She said she would keep it for her grandson.

    We hold many fond memories of "Annie's Granny"

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    1. Thank you, and good to know about the print. I will make sure my nephew gets it as she intended.
      Amy

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  79. I'm so sorry to hear the news, so late. May she rest peacefully & dream sweetly.

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  80. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been away from blogging for a while and have only just read of Carol's passing. We may not have met irl but she was kind and generous in my blogging time and I think of her very fondly. My condolences to all her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

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