Saturday, February 2, 2008

A tribute to Shirley Thomas

As some of you know, I am a Cajun and we have a tendency to go around the world when telling a story. Mine started in 2001 when my daughter, Chris, said I needed something to do after one of my surgeries, so she gave me her old Gateway. Well I didn't even know how to turn on the computer, much less do any searching, but once the instructions were put on paper, I searched for a saying and some craft ideas and typed in craftsayings and things and that is where this story takes you.

Shirley Thomas, who lives in Maryland, had a site named and I joined the group, plus joined the Voy that was an open forum on crafting. Shirley soon became a mentor and helped me with the internet. On January 26th, I got an e-mail from her with new ideas. Last night I found out that she passed away on January 30th, but we still don't know the details from her husband. She was a wonderful lady and she has left a legacy to devoted crafters across the world and her husband said he is going to try and keep the site opened. I was shy when it came to asking questions about the internet because I didn't want to sound dumb, but she taught me that in order to learn, you must ask questions and because of this lady, my children tell me I know more about the internet than they do.

So Shirley, if you are looking down, this is for you. Thank you for the many blessings you brought into my life and the many people I met ( 2 met in person) because of you. You gave me the strength to keep going when I was so down from my surgeries and indirectly through you, I have met some wonderful ladies in blogland and will forever cherish your love and kind spirit.

At one time, we all thought she was actually Carol Duvall. Rest in Peace Shirley and may your legacy live on for all our grandchildren. Pat


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness .. I'm so sad .. that voy was what got me started in computer land!! that's how I met so many wonderful people!!!
Thank you for posting this!! Rest in peace Shirley!

Nettie said...

Without Shirley's site & the voy forum I wouldn't have made so many unforgetable internet friends all those years ago.

IsabellaCloset said...

Pat, I am in tears after reading your post. I'm so sorry about your friend Shirley passing away...
You and she will be n my thoughts and prayers.. How sad this is. I'm sure Shirley is looking down on you with a smile on her face..
Hugs & much love to you my sweet friend ~Mary~