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Goodbye to a Reader

Rose Petals The Prudent Homemaker

Marivene is a reader who has commented on my site for years, and I have learned so much from her comments. Because of her, I put a grape leaf in every jar of pickles I make, so that they are crunchy.

In the past, when she has not commented for a couple of weeks, I have always received emails from different readers, asking if she is okay because they have missed her comments.

Her time on this earth is coming to an end.

She says, "I entered hospice care a little over a week ago, & it is moving quickly. I am comfortable and at peace. I have been blessed to understand that it is simply my time to go home. Cancer is simply the vehicle, not the enemy. Knowing that my husband has been granted the same understanding is priceless. I love my Savior, & after 65 years, I have learned that His plan--whatever it is--is always better than mine!"


Marivene Amelia Zohner, we will miss your wisdom. Thank you for all that you have taught us.


Updated from her daughter, Julie, who posted the following message in the comments 10/16:

Hello everyone. I am one of Marivene's daughters. We just wanted to let you all know that she passed away peacefully yesterday morning. She was able to read the comments on this post and shared it with us prior to her passing. She enjoyed being part of your community. We are working on compiling a list of all her posts (there were a lot....), and hope at some future date to be able to provide this to those who may be interested. Thank you so much for allowing her to share her wisdom and appreciating her contributions.

Her funeral will be held on October 20th in Spanish Fork, Utah, for those who would like to attend. Details here.
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  • Laura Schmit October 07, 2018

    Thank you for letting us know. You have such an amazing and genuine heart to do this.. and that's why your readers are loyal.

  • Hilogene in Az October 07, 2018

    Brandy, thank you for letting us know. Ah my heart is sad, I too have looked forward to Marivene’s comments and enjoyed her personality as it comes through in her writing. God speed, Marivene.

  • Ledlue October 07, 2018

    Marivene and Brandy, I have never commented here. How very sorry I am to hear this news. Marivene, I love the peace you and your husband have. God bless you. Brandy, thank you for letting us know. Leslie

  • Jerri October 07, 2018

    I will miss reading Marivene's comments. I'm praying for a peaceful passing.

  • Lisa from Maine October 07, 2018

    Marivene we will miss you. I loved all your comments and learned so much. Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way.

  • Mari in South Carolina (no longer Maryland) October 07, 2018

    I am sorry for Marivene's family and friends while rejoicing thst she will soon meet her Lord and Savior. I am happy that she is accepting of this and hopeful that hospice is able to ease any physical or mental pain she has and help her family through this.

  • Amy S October 07, 2018

    Thank you for letting us know. I will truly miss her comments and perspective. I’m sad but am grateful she is peaceful

  • Mable October 07, 2018

    Marivene: I don't know if you still have the strength or desire to read these comments, but I hope you know how many long distance friends and admirers you have developed. Thank you for all the times you have commented. Godspeed.

    Thanks to you, Brandy, for posting this information.

  • Jade October 07, 2018

    Oh I am so sorry to hear this! :( I did definitley notice that she hadn't been commenting lately, and was shocked when she mentioned she had cancer. I hardly ever comment, but I do read the comments every week. I specifically sought out to read dear Marivene's wisdom each and every week. I would have liked to have known her in person. I know she will be missed by all of us in this community you have created. Glad she is comfortable and at peace. What a great example she is to all. Prayers of comfort to her family in this trial.

  • Tina S. October 07, 2018

    Thank you for posting this, Brandy. I have enjoyed reading Marivene's comments through the years, and her frugal wisdom will be missed. What a blessing that she is at peace as she passes from this life to the next.

    Goodbye, Marivene, and thank you.

  • Amber October 07, 2018

    I pray her time in hospice is gentle and peaceful and it is not long before she runs into the Savior's arms. I pray for the family and friends both in real life and in our community here as well.

  • Deb October 07, 2018

    Thank you so much for letting us know about Marivene. I am sure she has no idea how many lives she has touched through her comments, warmth and helpfulness. Really, isn't that what a community is? We will sorely miss her here but know she is going home. Safe journey Marivene.

  • Lea October 07, 2018

    Bless you, Marivene, for sharing your time and wisdom with us. Prayers for both you and your family. It makes me sad that you have to leave here, but I know you have a wonderful life ahead of you.

    Thank you for sharing this news, Brandy.


  • Ellie's friend from Canada October 07, 2018

    I hope you are still able to read these comments. You have touched us all by your comments and spirit. I hope your journey is peaceful. Bon courage and God Speed. Ann

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood October 07, 2018

    Marivene, you will be missed by many. Thank you for sharing your knowledge over the years.

  • Elaine October 07, 2018

    I too enjoyed her comments. She lives in my same city and she has responded to questions I’ve asked. She’s very wise and has a great spirit. So sorry she has this trial

  • Chris M October 07, 2018

    Thank you for letting us know, Brandy. I had been wondering as well. Peace to you Marivene and I hope your family finds peace as well in their memories of your love and care.

  • Becky October 07, 2018

    Thank you for letting us know. I think of Marivene every time I pull one bucket of weeds on a busy day--she always encouraged us to do that--and it is a great way to break a large job into a small one. There were many other things I enjoyed about her posts, as well. I am sure she is spending her last bit of time with the family she so clearly loved and was so close to, and that makes me happy for her, too.

  • Paula Kennedy October 07, 2018

    I feel blessed that I received her wisdom. Marivene, you will be missed.

  • Mari at the Jersey Shore October 07, 2018

    I admire Marivene's fortitude, courage and strength of spirit as she transitions from this earthly life. Marivene, Prayers to you and your family. I started following your blog early this year and have enjoyed reading Marivene's comments full of wisdom and life.
    Thank you for letting us know.

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