I am going to miss you Onnolee!

My dearest friend Onnolee Sullivan succumbed to ovarian cancer this morning. She was like another mother to me, as well as spiritual guide, knitter, needlearts lover and wonderful friend. I will miss our hour+ long phone calls, when we could say good by and talk another half hour several times over. She was always ready to listen, giving of herself to a fault. She is the most loved person i know, You could see it in peoples faces as they looked down adoringly into her twinkling blue eyes. I know her funeral will be standing room only.

Onnolee was diagnosed with cancer the week after I moved back to LA from Austin two and a half years ago. I know the universe brought me back to LA for those two years before moving to Chicago so I could spend time with Onnolee. I treasured every moment we were together, knowing time was limited. This picture was taken the day before I left LA for Chicago. I really hoped i would have a chance to see her one more time. The last two years have been difficult to say the least for Onnolee, it was so hard to see her losing her hold on life. I know she is no longer hurting and is at peace and I am glad of that, I am just sorry for the rest of us who love her and will miss her dearly.

13 Responses to “I am going to miss you Onnolee!”

  1. Robin says:

    What a sweet story of friendship. I’m sure she appreciated you and all you did for her. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Joanne S says:

    She’ll always be with you. A person doesn’t really die until the last person who remembers and loves them is gone. Today you made sure that everyone who read your blog would remember Onnolee. She does indeed have beautiful eyes.

  3. Deb R says:

    Cancer makes me so angry.

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your dear friend.

  4. Emily says:

    Oh Judy, I’m so sorry.

  5. Elle says:

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your friend. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about her with us.

  6. Gilli says:

    Your comments remind me to try to live my life in such a way as to leave such loving and gentle thoughts behind when I go to the summer country. Thank you for sharing the story of such a lovely woman.

  7. kimzyn says:

    Great blog! I’m sorry to hear about your friend. What a terrible loss.

    Kim C

  8. Scrapmaker says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Maybe you can make an art piece in her memory.
    You have written a lovely tribute to your loving friend. Jen

  9. Deborah says:

    I’m sorry, Judy. Loss is such an awful feeling.

  10. Joanne says:

    I too knew Onnolee and her wonderful, caring ways. I am deeply saddened by her struggle with cancer and her passing. I would be grateful to know about a memorial service for her if I’m not already too late.

  11. Deborah says:

    Onnolee was a dear friend of mine as well, and a creative inspiration to many. She had such a vivid and delightful presence that it is hard to imagine that it now exists only in memory. Her memorial will take place at All Saints Church in Pasadena on Monday, April 24 at 1 p.m.

  12. Kip Petit says:

    I miss her, too, Judy. It was so good to see you and visit with you these past few days. I will keep up with you through this blog! Kip Petit

  13. Pat Talijan says:

    I was going through old papers due to a recent move and I came across Onnolee’s name. I think it was in 1996 or so when our lives crossed because of the love of labyrinths. We were in contact for a short while. I live in Pennsylvania. I remember her as a caring person. I thought I’d see if I could find her on the Internet and connect again. I found your blog. She was a beautiful woman and I wish we would have stayed in touch. As a breast cancer survivor, your touching words yanked at my heart. I felt compelled to write. I know it has been a long time since she passed. I am still involved with labyrinths and I needed to let you know that she helped guide me.

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