Saying Goodbye . . .

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GloriaSaying goodbye is never an easy thing to do no matter what the circumstances may be. My very, dear, sweet, friend, Gloria Sauer Ballard passed away yesterday, wayyy too young. It’s hard to wrap your head around something like this, even when you know it’s coming. She has been battling stomach cancer for almost a year now.  I can still remember getting that phone call last March that she was sick.  She is the kindest soul that you’d ever want to meet.

We became friends back in high school and have remained friends after all these years. What great “girlfriend” memories I have with her, concerts, boyfriends, cheerleading, football games and her & I drumming on the back of the couch at Steve’s house to “Fleetwood Mac” – LOL those were the days!  She is one of those friends that no matter how far away you lived or how much time passed since you saw her last, whenever you got together it always felt like you JUST saw her.

With all she had going on she still took the time to send me a birthday card last October.  When I called to thank her she just said “ahhhhhh sweetie of course” (always thinking of others). Gloria was a special soul and lived her life full of tenderness, strength and grace.

Dear Gloria – I will surely miss you and your sweet ways.  You have been a friend that I will always cherish and think of often.  I will do my best to keep in touch with your dear daughters.  Until we see each other again and we will, I love you!  Toodles

About countrygirlbling

I am a 55 years young, divorced (many years) mom of 2 great kids. My son is 28 years old & my daughter is 24. They are both out on their own forging through life as successful, functioning adults . . . a mother's dream! I hope that my blog and my experiences will encourage you & give you hope. Our journey through life can be unpredictable at times but KNOW that if you are a believer in Christ, HE will always have your best interest at heart! (Even when things don't make sense!) Toodles

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  1. I am so very sorry for your loss. I was very lucky to meet Gloria a few years back. She will be missed by all of her friends and family and my heart breaks for all of you. How sweet of you to take the time to honor your friend. Good Bye Sweet Gloria!

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  2. Very well said Ronda, she leaves a lasting legacy behind her, when I think of
    Gloria, two words come to mind: Class & Sweetness. May she be filled with the
    love & splendor of being in the presence of Jesus. I know she will continue to be
    a guardian angel for her two daughters! I feel honored to have known her & call
    her my friend. good bye for now dear Gloria

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  3. How very disappointing to hear of her passing. When I last saw her I had orders to go to Greece and she had orders to go to England. I had an address in Woodland that I tried writing to when I got out of the USAF but the letter came back. Thanks for replying to my note. Dave

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    • You’re very welcome. I’m just sorry it was better news. Still hard to believe she’s gone. Not a day passes that she doesn’t cross my mind! She obviously left that kind of impression on you as well. She was just that kind of person – 😉 Ronda

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