Monday, 25 August 2014

Fierce Viking Chick – RIP


A Viking Ship has taken our blogging A-Z supremo, Tina Downey, to far-away shores … she will be sorely missed by many … as we are already seeing from the tributes around the blogosphere.




My heart goes out to her family, her parents, her extended family and her local friends …


She will live on … she will inspire us … as she was a live wire, a lady who loved the joie-de-vivre …

Animal prow-head of a Viking Ship


We will remember her – of that I am sure - as an amazing lady.


May we all take a moment to remember her and reflect on the many things she did for us, or the laughs she gave us … I shall miss that Fierce Viking Chick – as she called herself …


Tina's header for her blog


Life is Good – Tina’s Blog


Hilary Melton-Butcher
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48 comments:

Karen Walker said...

So so sad

Lynn said...

So sorry to hear that Hilary - I did not know Tina or her blog, but just had a look and know that I would have loved it and her, too.

Old Kitty said...

I'm so sorry. Deepest sympathies to all her family and friends. Take care
x

Karen Lange said...

So sorry to hear about Tina. Thinking of and praying for her family and friends. Thank you for sharing this sweet tribute.

mail4rosey said...

It's very sad when a friend from the blogging community passes. My condolences to you and her other friends and family too.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I have read so many tributes to Tina this morning. Quite touching. She must have been an amazing woman. May she rest in peace.

Nick Wilford said...

I was so saddened to read this news yesterday. She'll be missed. Thanks for posting this touching tribute, Hilary.

Suzanne Furness said...

I was saddened to hear this news today.

D.G. Hudson said...

This has not been a good year for the blogging community with many being ill or having problems with health (or their partner's health). I was shocked to hear about Tina, who seemed so resilient, but wish her peace on that other side.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She was an amazing lady.

Mason Canyon said...

Hilary, a lovely tribute to a wonderful lay. She will be missed so much.

Al Diaz said...

Lo there I do see my father,
Lo there I do see my mother,
my sisters and my brothers.
Lo there I do see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call me,
they do bid me to take my place among them
in the Halls of the Valhalla,
where the Brave may live FOREVER!

Paula Kaye said...

A lovely tribute

Manzanita said...

My sympathy to her family and friends. I didn't know her nor was I familliar with her blog. I'm sure she will be missed in blogland.

Clarissa Draper said...

Yes, I was so sorry to hear of her passing.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Sorry to hear of this. Didn't know her personally, she seems to have touched many lives with her positivity. Take care.

Nila.

L.G. Smith said...

A nice tribute. Very sorry to hear the news.

Jo said...

Yes, we will miss our Viking Chick. She was a wonderful example to us all as well as an inspiration. It was a privilege to have known her and been friends with such a wonderful person.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Lovely tribute, Hilary! I was sorry to hear this news today.

Kelly Steel said...

Lovely tribute, so sad about Tina.

Fil said...

I"m so sorry to hear this news HIlary - I had only come to know Tina during the A to Z challenge this year and loved her blogs but had noticed her missing in recent weeks. May she Rest in Peace - my condolences to her family and friends.

Bossy Betty said...

A wonderful tribute to an inspiring woman.

Trisha F said...

A tragic loss :( May she rest in peace.

I liked your post about her, referring to her as a Viking Chick. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hallo everyone - thanks and I really appreciate you all for coming by and leaving a brief comment - Tina was such a vibrant lady .. I shall miss her enormously - as we all will ..it will be a difficult week blogging as we come to terms with her loss. Hilary

Gattina said...

These are very sad news. I didn't knostTina, but it is always sad when one of the blogger community leaves us forever. I have lost 4 Blogfriends ever since I started blogging in 2006.

TexWisGirl said...

i am sorry for the loss of your friend.

Patsy said...

It's said that no one is really gone if they are remembered with affection. I think there's truth in that.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm also very sorry about Tina. I feel like I've gotten to know her better through your lovely tribute, as well as the other memories being shared in blogland.

Julie

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Nice tribute. This is a sad time.

Michelle Wallace said...

What a wonderful tribute, Hilary!
This has been a major shock... a great loss to our blogging community...

Susanne Drazic said...

Hilary, that was a nice tribute to Tina. She will be missed.

Christine Rains said...

A lovely tribute.

JJ said...

RIP, Tina.

M Pax said...

Hugs to you

Crystal Collier said...

Amen! Here's to meeting her on the other side. =)

amanda lee said...

This was a great tribute to a wonderful lady! I have known Tina since her oldest was a toddler. Tina introduced me to the world of blogging. She was irreverent, but always kind and encouraging. She was a confidant, and a partner in crime.I miss her terribly.

Sara said...

Oh, I am so sorry. You did a wonderful job with this tribute. I know she will be missed very much.

It's funny. We often don't meet the people we visit via blogging, but that doesn't mean we don't get close to them. I know you're feeling sad right now. Take the time you need, Hilary.

I believe wherever Fierce Viking Chick is she'd smile at the words you wrote in this post.

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

This was a sweet tribute for Tina.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

To all of you who have commented - thank you ...
@ Patsy - you said some important words .. "as long you're remembered with affection" we will always return to remember them.
@ Amanda - thanks for coming over to the blog and saying 'hello' - I'll be over to meet you. How lovely that she had you blogging along with her and your strong friendship - you will definitely miss her a great deal.
@ Sara - it's funny how we can tie in with blogging friends and get that rapport and certainly Tina and I had it ..

Thanks for all your lovely comments on and for Tina and her family - Hilary

Rhonda Albom said...

So sad. Beautifully said.

suesconsideredtrifles said...

Hilary, What a lovely tribute. I had heard of the deaths of two people I knew locally, but it was Damyanti's post, which gave me the sad news of Tina's passing, which reduced me to tears.
Tina was, to use a term she made her own, a sweetheart. Sue

Julia Hones said...

I'm sorry about the loss of your friend, Hilary. What a lovely tribute.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Rhonda, @ Sue and @ Julia - many thanks ... it is sadly the way of life .. my thoughts are with her family. Appreciate you being here - Hilary

Marja said...

Lovely tribute and sad to hear May she rest in peace

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I can sense Tina smiling down at this, Hilary. A moving tribute.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Marja - it is so sad Tina has gone to peaceful lands ..

@ Joylene - I hope she is ... so difficult to adjust that she's no longer with us ...

My thoughts are with her family though ... thanks to you all - Hilary

Lisa said...

She is everywhere I go these days so it's hard not to miss her when I know she has no access to email or blog posts :( Lovely tribute. Mine goes up on 9-8...

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lisa - yes I miss her .. she was a live-wire .. and tomorrow I'll post another brief Sunflower reminder ..

Cheers Hilary