Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Mourning an online friend

I have felt rather tearful all day due to reading the sad news that an online friend had died unexpectedly on Saturday. This was the message posted last night by her family:

"Hello this is from Penny's family. It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that our beloved mum suddenly passed away Saturday morning. She was much loved as a wife, a mum and a Nanna and her parting will leave a big hole in a lot of lives, we all loved her so much and will never forget you mum. xx

We ask at this time for some time for us to grieve,we will post funeral details when we know them as we know she had many friends on here."

I never met Penny (aellia) face-to-face, but knew her online for 14-15 years, at first here on LJ and then on Facebook. In some ways we did not appear to have all that much in common, but I loved reading her posts with photos and snippets of her life with her growing grandkids. She wrote engagingly about simple things and her poems were never twee or sentimental and often contained a hint of melancholy.

One thing I always admired about her was the she had cultivated a particular style of dress that suited her perfectly and she regularly posted about bargains she'd found in the local shops. The same went for her garden. She could take inexpensive garden ornaments that, by rights, should have looked tacky and yet the way she combined them with her plants really worked to create a quirky haven of peace.

I will miss her posts about baking, and her grandkids growing. I'll miss the photos of her lovely lurcher.

I know there is at least one person here on LJ who counted her as a friend and who won't have seen the sad news on Facebook, so that's one reason I'm writing this post. The other is just to pay tribute to someone who will be sadly missed by both her family and friends.

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