Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A CCEE Tribute to Charlene Merrick


The CCEE Stampers, both current and alumni, are honoring our dear friend, Charlene Merrick, on what would have been her birthday.  Cancer may have taken Charlene away from us much too soon, but she will live on in our memories and in our hearts forever.  We were blessed with her friendship, her kindness, her sense of humor, and her caring as well as being inspired by her talents.

I have known Charlene through the Splitcoast community for several years, but in 2011 was lucky enough to have met her face to face.  Our time together was short, but wow...it was fun.







Here you can see Charlene posing near a local diner in our downtown area.  She was so tickled to see that it was named Charlene's.  She noted that she rarely saw anything with her name in a title.


We spent part of a day in Mystic.  A visit to Mystic Pizza was a must for Charlene and her friend, Sandy.  Both were fans of that movie.  We actually had Mystic pizza for lunch.

We packed a lot of laughs into our short visit, and this will be one of the memories I will always cherish of Charlene.....my sweet, dear friend.

The CCEE Stampers have created cards this week in Charlene's honor.  We could case one of hers or use some of her favorite things (among these being penguins,, M & M's, and the color purple).

Here is the card I made using Charlene's favorite shade of purple, called Vintage Violet.





Sending smiles and birthday wishes to you, my friend!!!

11 comments:

StampOwl said...

It was great seeing the photos again of Charlene and you when she visited. Gorgeous card as always :)

Benzi said...

Joanne, this is a beautiful tribute to Charlene. I'm so happy to see those pictures of Charlene having such a good time as she always did. It's so wonderful you were fortunate enough to meet her.

Your card is gorgeous and I'm sure she would love it.

Vicky Gould said...

Wish I could have been with both of you! Lucky you, Joanne!

Charlene would have absolutely loved this card...can't you see her smiling face as she would comment on it.

Beautiful tribute, GF!

Dawn said...

a BEAUTIFUL tribute dear friend! I recognize that special tree in your front yard... how fortunate you were able to have that time with Charlene!!! such special memories

wannabcre8tive said...

A beautiful card to honor a beautiful lady. You were so lucky to have met her IRL. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

Carolyn King said...

Such a stunning card and I love seeing all those pictures! xo

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I'm so glad you included the pictures you took while Charlene was able to visit. Your card is such a lovely tribute in purple to our dear friend.

Sabrina said...

What a moving write-up. It's great to be able to have such warm and good friendships "just" online, but getting to meet people in real life too is the cherry on the cake. And what a beautiful, elegant card you've made - I love it!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

What a treasure of memories Sno-Snot!! So glad you shared your photos!! Love your beautiful floral card too! It's obvious a lot of love went into it!! It's a beauty!!

Traci M said...

So glad you have pictures to share from Charlene and you and your time together! Thanks for sharing your thoughts; it is healing for all of us to do so. Blessings, friend! Your card in her honor is beautiful.

Terence Merrick said...

Joanne, I have just now discovered this wonderful tribute you have written for my dear Charlene. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and such kind thoughts. You have been so wonderful in helping keep my wife's memory alive. I'm glad she had you for a friend. Warmest regards, Terry Merrick