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Memorial created 08-27-2007 by
Toni Craigmyle
Bonnie M. Pierce
July 19 1935 - April 22 2007


TC Tagged

Mother, Daughter, and Bestfriends

Nothing can ever take away The love a heart holds dear. Fond memories linger every day Remembrance keeps her near.



I'm Sorry

4:20 p.m. Sunday April 22, 2007, my phone was ringing so I hurried across my apartment to answer it. It was my Dad, "Toni the hospital called and said Momma's expiring we need to get there", This can't be happening, I quickly called my daughter Stephanie's house and told her to meet us at the hospital, "they say your grandma's going honey". She told me she would be right there! Her and Eddy had to drive up from Linda, which is about 20 miles. The drive to the hospital seemed like forever, and in my mind I kept saying over and over, "hang on Momma, I'm coming". I don't remember much about arriving, just the quick walk down one hallway and turn down another to reach her room. I saw her doctor outside her door talking with the nurse, and looked up and quietly said I'm so sorry Toni. "I didn't make it?" "you mean she's gone?" I heard myself asking. I entered her room, and there lay my mother, so still, so peacefull, but gone! I immediatly started to cry, "Oh Momma, I'm so sorry". Her doctor looked over at me and asked, "why Toni". "Because , I have always promised her, when her time came I would be with her, that she wouldn't die alone". It then dawned on me that the phone call to my dad was to tell him she had already expired and we needed to come to the hospital. My daughter walked in with her husband, I saw in the hallway my granddaughter crying, so I went to her, "come on honey lets go outside for a minute". Inside I just needed to leave that room, I failed my mother. I didn't even get to tell her good-bye and let her hear I love you one more time! I wanted to scream!! But my Shelby in my arms, I knew I had to be strong for her.


I Miss her so much

Mom's doctor stayed with us for sometime, he thanked us for allowing him to care for her these past years, for shareing her life with him, that she reminded him so much of his mother, and would miss her quick wit, and kind heart. He even kissed her goodbye. He had tried so hard to fight this battle. He hugged us all and he was gone, leaving with tears in his eyes. We stayed for what seemed like ever, trying to let it sink in she was really gone, I finially looked up at my brother and said we should go, one thing mom would have hated was us standing there, she was gone! I walked to the nurse's desk and told them which mortuary to take her to, and we walked out quiet, each in their own thoughts of Momma. The next few days were a blurr, I threw myself into making arrangements for my mother's last family and freinds reunion. Thank god I had my daughter, she helped me so much, remembering grandma's favorite music, and recording it, putting together the balloons we would release in her honor, and setting up the memorial site at the gazebo. (and we still didn't have enough chairs) but her grandchildren all decided to stand together, letting the adults sit (their grandma was smiling down on them, I know). What a beautiful sight to see all her family and friends, and so many couldn't make it, sickness, miles, or finaces. But they were in our hearts and I know always in Momma's. When the services were over, her children and her grandchildren all walked to the center of the complex, each with a ballon of love, I said a quick goodbye and we let them go. What a sight that was, all those balloons flying high, almost thirty of them!! A beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady! Our only regret? No one thought to get a picture, everyone was so wrapped up in that moment, no camera was thought of!

I Miss You

Mom, you've been gone now almost 5 months, and it seems like yesterday. Dad and I have been trying to go through your things, papers, pictures, hundreds of newspaper clippings you saved of everyone! I can only do so much at a time and I have to stop. I thought I had been preparing myself for your passing? But I guess you can never be ready to lose the one person in your life you looked up to! You always thought you were a burden on me, God I hope I never made you feel that way? I never minded your needing me, as so many times I had needed you and you never thought twice about helping me! You were an amazing woman, who loved life, your family and your friends. I remember so many times you would hear of a family having a hard time, and you'd grab a box, and say come help me Toni. We'd fill that box out of your cupboards and freezer to help them. I miss you Mom, I pray everynight to help me through this. I know he's listening, I'm just to hurt to hear! I'm so glad I found this site, it helps me to be with you. I love you Mom, and I'm missing so much. Your loving and devoted daughter. Toni

Rest In Peace My Beautiful Mother

God saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb, So He closed your weary eyelids And whispered "Peace by thine



I Need to Say Goodbye

need to say goodbye although you're with me. I stand beside your grave, yet you are here. I miss you terribly and hope you miss me, But when I turn to you, you're always near. I talk to you as though you lived within me, Not changed but simply moved in from outside. I know each day you must a little leave me, But here, as always, you must be my guide. You were and are and will be, just as ever, In many minds and hearts, not only mine. No physical event can such love sever; Death is a dimension, not a line. And so goodbye does not mean you are gone: So long as I still love you, you live on.


My Mother Passed Away on April Twenty Second

My mother passed away on April twenty second I loved her deeply; now she's simply gone. All my life I'd known that I was loved, Living in the circle of her arms. I can't believe her love is not somewhere, So strong it was, so much a part of me. I feel it in the harsh salt of the sea And in the stinging sadness of the wind. I ride the waves along the rock-strewn shore. No one watches me with fear and pride. Now among the stars I am alone. In her heart I had my only home.


Because I feel that in the heavens above The angels, whispering one to another, Can find among their burning terms of love, None so devotional as that of "Mother"... Edgar Allen Poe


O happy hours we once enjoyed How sweet their memory still, But death has left a loneliness The world can never fill.


In My Memories

The world may change from year to year And friends from day to day, But never will the one I loved From memory pass away.

Mother Dear

You're not forgotten, Mother, dear Nor ever shall you be, As long as life and memory last I shall remember thee.



My Sorrow seems Only To Grow Deeper

As I scan over this site, I know I'm missing so much more about you. So much left to be said about you, how do I do you justice? All the years you gave us so unconditionally. All you ever asked for in return was our love! My heart broke for you so many times, when you would talk about all your Grandchildren who never got to know you, yet you loved them anyway. When Bobby's kids mother adopted Mark and Amanda out. We searched for years to find them, finding them finally after they were 18. I'll never forget that phone call to Mark, now Cade. You were the happiest I'd seen you in a long time. You and I went on a Greyhound Bus to meet him, that bus was packed and uncomfortable, but you didn't care, you wanted to see your Grandson! Some of the hurts you endured, I always said "not me" I'll never let myself hurt like that! But like Mother like Daughter, but we always had each other to get through the pain! I'm sure as time goes on, I'll make entries to this page. But no matter how much I write, no one will ever know what a truely remarkable woman you were! But Mom, I will know!!!

Just a thought of sweet remembrance Just a memory sad and true, Just the love and sweet devotion Of one who thinks of you.


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