in loving memory

I was incredibly saddened to learn that wonderful reader, frequent Darling of The Dungeon, & all-around lovely lady Cindy Rushford passed away last week. :smile17

I’ve stolen this picture from her Facebook page (with hopes that her family won’t hate me for it :smile1 ) because this is how I will always remember Cindy:  smiling, happy, beautiful, & never far from her beloved pets.

Not only did she love romance novels, but she loved animals, too—two things we definitely had in common.  And I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that we bonded after she lost one of her precious dogs.  She was heartbroken, as you can imagine, & while sending my condolences, we started to chat…& never quite stopped.  We talked about how wonderful pets can be, how hard it is to lose them, & how much a new furbaby can bring to your life, even beginning to fill the holes left by the one(s) who’s crossed over The Rainbow Bridge.

Now Cindy has crossed over, too, & just as the poem states, I know she is with all of her beloved pets—& loved ones!—who passed before she did. :smile12   She is at peace now, free of pain & illness…  But that doesn’t mean those of us who are left behind won’t miss her terribly.

My thoughts, prayers, & deepest condolences go out to Cindy’s family & friends during this difficult time.

Personally, my heart hurts just knowing she won’t be out there in the world anymore—on Facebook, here in The Dungeon, & through e-mail…only a click away.

Rest in peace, sweet Cindy.  Until we meet again…


11 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Mary Kirkland says:

    That’s so sad. So sorry to hear that.

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Mary. I wish you’d known her; she was a dog person the way you’re a rat person & I’m a cat person. :smile19 And she was just so sweet & kind & loving. Such a shame that she had to leave us so soon. :smile17

  2. Kathleen O says:

    May Cindy RIP. Her light will shine from above.

  3. Laura J says:

    A warm, sweet, funny caring person. It was such a shock.

    A beautiful tribute Heidi.

  4. Dee says:

    So sorry to hear of her passing. Her family are in my thoughts.

  5. LeeAnn Pratt says:

    Such a sad thing to hear. Hugs

  6. Hollie says:

    It still makes me cry! I miss her so much already!
    Hugs to all of the other Darlings of the Dungeon…I love you all. Yep…even you LJ! :smile12

  7. Brooke C says:

    Thoughts and prayers to Cindy’s family. May she rest in peace with the pets she found again over the Rainbow Bridge :smile12

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