Thanks for the responses to last week's blog on friend Gwen Murphree Lane, who passed away last week.
From her beloved husband, Larry Lane and family: “Through tears, smiles and then more tears, we all read your beautiful article about my wife Gwen. You have masterfully captured the essence of Gwen that remained within her all the years she was with us! While she transplanted with me here in East Tennessee after we married in 1982, she never forgot the wonderful place she grew up and called home. Unionville, Community High School and Longview always remained very dear as we returned there many times.
How wonderful to hear the ways she impacted you and perhaps others during her days at Community. As she would say to you now if she were still here, "I love you fiercely Dawn!"
Your article has been share hundreds of times here in East Tennessee and all have been deeply touched - Thank You!
This one from Gwen's high school schoolmate, Jean Locke Williams: “I have very few school days memories that do not somehow involve Gwen. We forged a special bond in first grade that carried through as college roommates. When she married and moved to East Tennessee, I somewhat grieved knowing that the chance of seeing her often would be slim. I was right, because distance makes things difficult, but when we were together, it was just like old times.
She had a smile that lit up the room and a heart of gold that “loved me fiercely.” When Kerry, my first husband, was killed suddenly in an accident 28 years ago, I spent many weekends at her home with her sweet family as her quiet support helped restore some sanity to the chaos.
After attending her funeral my husband, Keith, and I discussed how much she was loved by so many. We decided it was evident of God’s divine plan to have her move to East Tennessee so that her influence spread to bless so many more people.
Gwen was a great example of how to live and how to die. I will forever be grateful to call her my friend!”
Sue Lamb Wilcox, one of my Community classmates, sent this note: “I too remember Gwen being a kind person. She always, always wore a smile.”
I think Steve Mills, one of our T-G columnist, summed it up nicely: “Nice tribute to your friend and one who was a positive member of society. We need more of them, not less. Thanks.”
Speaking of Steve, and the weather, have you ever wished you could have fulfilled a certain career, but didn't? Mine was singing. Of course I've come to realize that means solo for me; sow low no one can hear me.
I also had this weird idea of being a weather girl on T.V. Ehh? Maybe still.
Do you have a bucket list of things you'd still like to accomplish? Let's hear about it.
Speaking of buckets, does anyone else get happy when it is strawberry season? Apparently the Farm Bureau Federation deemed Monday as “National Pick Strawberries Day!” Who knew?
My friends at Valley Home Farm have buckets full of delicious berries to share. Join them in many activities out on the farm at 310 Potts Road, Wartrace. Janet shared on Facebook something interesting: the average person eats over four pounds of strawberries a year. I suspect around here it is more.
I remember how my grandmother made homemade sweet cakes and topped them with her strawberries right out of the garden. That dish wasn't complete without a dollop of fresh sweet cream. Drool.
I smiled the other day when I learned my daughter, Valerie, told me she is growing her own little patch. There's one hitch; they purchased the plants in Arkansas. Does that make them less sweet in Tennessee? Just kidding my Razorback fan and son-in-law and others.
Send me your strawberry recipes (desserts, candies and more!) I would love to feature some in my upcoming blog and possibly in a feature story. Pixs of you with dish would be awesome too.
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