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Gone in half a heartbeat...

Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007, at 7:01 PM

By all accounts it happened that quickly...

One moment clear sailing, the next - fully engulfed in the terrible storm.

The sad news... is that this accident:


(The Multiple car pile up - during a blinding sandstorm - North of Los Angeles - Tuesday Oct. 16)

Claimed the life of my father.

He was enroute, with his wife, (and faithful little doggie - "Shep") to their seasonal home in southern AZ (Quartzite) when they were caught up in this.

Neither Dad nor "Shep" made it.

We (family&me) are in fact finding mode - we cannot travel, until we have a timeline and that is complicated due to the severity of his wife's injuries - she cannot, immediately, be moved much less be released to travel home to Washington State. (Broken leg, broken facial bones, severe lacerations and a blood clot in her chest - lung area, concerning the medical personnel)

Kindnesses and prayers from my community - this community - our home-town community - are pouring over me so don't worry for me, however... prayer would be much appreciated for my Step-Mother "Marcy" she's a toughie, and she is an amazing woman, however, she only found out [Wednesday], that she's been widowed - for a second time ... the last time was over 30 years ago.

She and my father were so very, very good for each other... and throughout all the years that I have known her she has demonstrated nothing but love and kindness to me (never a negative vibe from her towards me - not ever, at least none that I've ever preceived. I can not say that about my own parents - but then, again, parents have a big job to do, don't they?) how can I not, love her, so very much, for that? I truly do.

Thankfully, her son & his wife were able to safely make the trip to be by her side the morning after this news broke... so that they could be with her when she was told the sad news, for certain (she was so connected to my father that she'd already had a 'sense' that he was gone).

This is a loss that's going to be very hard for us, but at this time, my heart, is most especially full, for Marcy.

My parents divorced in 1977 - amid much drama.

I told my father once that the name Marcy was awful close to Mercy - and that I thought he'd been blessed through her.

I know I was.

Wheather Marcy realizes it, or not, she has very much been a good and a faithful servant to love. She has been, in fact, 'the bridge' over many troubled waters that enabled my father and his children (those that could and would receive them) to gain a great many blessings they, otherwise, never would have realized on, and of, their own accord.

Thank-you, those of you who, have, are, and will pray for healing here - I have been feeling those prayers, now, and I know that my family and extended family members are as well.

My scriptures tell me that God is Love. (1John 4:7-8)

May God's will prevail and bless you - all who pass this way

...and lead you sure and safe, through every storm - that you may return just as sure and safe to love once more.

I leave you these thoughts, in the name of Jesus Christ.



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Dorie, I am so sorry. Your family is in my prayers.

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Fri, Oct 19, 2007, at 11:10 AM

Saveryhinze - thank you.

-- Posted by doreenparsons on Fri, Oct 19, 2007, at 6:53 PM

Doreen, Sorry to hear about your dad. You and all the family are in our thoughts!


-- Posted by wally on Fri, Oct 19, 2007, at 10:12 PM

Wally, Thank you so very much.

-- Posted by doreenparsons on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 7:26 PM

Wally, Thank you so very much.

-- Posted by doreenparsons on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 7:26 PM

Doreen, I will be praying for you,Debbie,Mike and the rest of your family. Lots of Love, Shirley

-- Posted by airportsw on Mon, Oct 22, 2007, at 4:26 PM

Thank you, Shirley - that means alot.

-- Posted by doreenparsons on Mon, Oct 22, 2007, at 5:21 PM


Our prayers are with you during this time. Please know that if you ever need anything, I'm as close as a phone call.

Give our love and prayers to your family as well.

God Be With You All and Give You Strength!!

-- Posted by djs1977 on Mon, Oct 22, 2007, at 10:55 PM


I'm so sorry for your loss.

The girls and I love you so very much and are praying for you and the whole family at this difficult time.

God bless,


-- Posted by ManassasMom on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 8:07 AM

Doreen, so sorry to hear about the loss your dad. Wanted you and the rest of the family to know we are thinking about you.

Dave Wilcox

-- Posted by Diamond Dave on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 1:21 PM

Thank you - all of you so very, very much!

...for your kind words,

for your sympathy here, in concert with tender emotions (mine own and those of my family members and Dad's friends),

...& for your sincere prayers - petitioning the "Master's hand" to guide us all to the best new normal we - any of us - can, and no doubt, have yet, to realize from this.

Words, can scarcely express how much your comments and encouragements are appreciated at this time.

D ~

-- Posted by doreenparsons on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 5:55 PM

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