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Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Sad Loss


Hello Everyone

You may have guessed from the lack of posts that Vintage Bunty (AKA my wife Barbara) has not been well in recent months.  Unfortunately she finally lost her 21 month battle with Ovarian Cancer on Wednesday 6th February 2013 at 10:00pm.   

She bore her various treatments and procedures with great grace and I will miss her love, friendship, loyalty, humor, smile, tolerance and support so much that I cannot find the words to explain how deeply I feel her loss.

She started to deteriorate rapidly from the Friday before her death but managed to stay at home until the day itself and at least avoided her worst fear of an agonising end that went on for weeks or months.

She was such a talented person yet so modest.  She could paint, embroider, sew, do patchwork, take great photographs, and above all combine these to great effect, making beautiful collages.   She also made up kits and sold them alongside digital backgrounds for scrapbookers and so on.  Yet in the house we have very few items as she thought displaying her own work was immodest.

She leaves behind not only her husband, but a brother, sister, mother, two nephews, a niece, sisters and brother-in-laws and many friends who will miss her gentle ways and sweet, tender nature.

I know she really enjoyed her blog and loved swapping tips, ideas and goodies with many of you.  Thank you for following her blog and take care.

RIP my darling wife.

Mr V-B (AKA Paul)

Update 11:00pm Sunday  - the amazing Laurie has posted a tribute to Barbara on the Button Floozies blog.  Thank you, Laurie.  Her other friends and family will love it as much as I do.
http://indulgeyourshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/farewell-dear-barbara.html


33 comments:

martha brown said...

I am so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing, Paul -- she will be truly missed. My heart goes out to you and your family,
~martha

Anita Wells said...

So sorry to hear about your loss of your lovely wife. We will miss her lovely creations. Take care and remember her with love and pride. x

Lululiz said...

What terribly sad news, I am so sorry. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to not have her beside you. I have only known Barbara in blogland for a couple of years, but I am so glad to have been in her circle of bloggy friends, and to have been inspired by the beautiful things she used to create. We will miss her very much. Liz x

teri said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. What a thoughtful tribute you have left for Barbara on her blog. She was a very talented, creative soul and we will miss her very much. Please take care of yourself through this difficult time. teri

Robin said...

So sorry for your loss. Your tribute to Barbara is wonderful and she will be missed by many of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

Deborah Bonner said...

so sorry to hear about Barbara's loss. She was such a wonderfully creative, warm and sharing person. May she rest now in eternal peace. My condolences to you and your family.

maya matthew said...

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family for the loss of a dear and beloved companion and friend. I hope the memories and her work are a source of great comfort to you.

Jan said...

Paul,
In the last couple of weeks, I had Barbara popped into my mind. She and I had corresponded over the years and I knew of her battle with cancer. She was always positive and upbeat and I was so happy to see her rally awhile ago.
Daily, I gaze at one of my favorite pieces of her art that hangs in my studio. Her artwork was outstanding and I looked forward to seeing her photos of the garden and the beautiful area of the world that you live in.
I send you all my best. May the days ahead be good to you and thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute to your Barbara on her blog. She was dearly loved by all of us. I will miss her.
Fondly,
Jan
Colorado, USA

Wendy said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your lovely wife. Such a beautiful creative soul. May she rest in peace and may you find peace and comfort in your loving memories of her.

Jann said...

Oh, my heart is hurting for you and your family--I'm so very sorry to hear about this. Please know that I will keep you all in my prayers, and I know that your beautiful wife is still nearby, watching over you and loving you always . . .

Paul Dunford said...
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Paul Dunford said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated. I know Mrs V-B (my beloved Barbara) would be so amazed to see them.

Laurie made a lovely tribute on button floozies.

http://indulgeyourshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/farewell-dear-barbara.html


Mr V-B (Paul)

Di said...

So sorry for your loss, Lauries tribute was beautiful. Di

Rhonda said...

Dear Paul, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your wife was such a lovely person and she loved creating, like the rest of us.

May the angels sing in her honor.
May God Bless.

Rea said...

I just became a follower of your wife's blog the other day. I send my deepest condolences to you. You have said such kind and beautiful things about her, I wish I would have beet her. May God comfort you during this time.

DeeDee said...

I am just this very moment meeting Barbra... I keep you in my heart you brave soul.. and I will see her thru this blog as she was in life... sending hugs across the way.. I hope you would take her blog and make it yours. your write so beautifully....

Terri Gordon said...

I am so sorry to read this post, I did not know that she was sick. I met Barbara when I joined the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group, I swapped with her once, she was such a beautiful lady and so sweet. I enjoyed visiting her blog, she would share ideas. She will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Terri

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Paul. Barbara was such a sweet and talented lady. I had enjoyed following her instructions on how to dye fabric and laces with avocado skins and she's always on my mind when I use some of those pieces. I had hoped so much that Barbara would recover from that awful disease. She and her creations will be missed.
Julia

Kelly_Deal said...

Sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers go out to you and your family.

Pallas said...

I am so very sorry for your loss of your dear wife, Barbara. Your tribute to her is touching. She will be missed by many, and you will be in my prayers.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Paul
I'm so sad to read that dear Barbara has lost her courageous battle....

She was like a breath of fresh air to us all in blog land, a very enthusiastic talented and inspirational artist.
Barbara and I met at an on-line class and visited one another often.
In 2010 I was the lucky winner of her Bunty Barmcake Shop Giveaway – a delicious parcel of lace, buttons and ribbons which have given me so much pleasure.
She was always so gracious, a generous, modest and fun friend and I shall miss her very much.

Sending you my heartfelt sympathy dear Paul and thank you for posting this beautiful tribute to your darling wife, she was indeed one of life’s treasures and she will be sadly missed by all her friends.

Send love and prayers to you and all her family.
Shane Pollard – New Zealand.

(I will be doing a little post in her memory later today)

Linda said...

I'm so sorry to be leaving this comment-the very first time visiting this beautiful blog(thanks to a moving tribute by Shane on her blog). I've looked thru Barbara's previous posts and projects. Such a giving, loving and talented person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Diane said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss...what a wonderful tribute you have given her and to us to read...my heart goes out to you and your family!! I hope when things settle down a bit you might think of having her blog made into a book...it would be such a beautiful and wonderful memory of her..take care!!

Laurie said...

Thinking of you all today and wishing you peace.

Diane said...

From the Tag Tuesday group, you have my sympathy. Such a loss.

~*~Patty S said...

May the long time sun shine upon you
All Love surround you
and the pure Light within you
Guide your way on

Sending Peace and Healing to you and your family ...

so very sorry for your loss of a beautiful and talented lady

hugs from Patty in Virginia, USA (by way of Shane in NZ's blog)

PetraB said...

So sorry to hear about your loss, Barbara and her wonderful art will be dearly missed. Thinking of you and your family, take care, Petra.

Gigha Klinkenborg said...

So sorry to hear this sad news x

Elizabethanne said...

My condolences to you on your sad loss. Though I did not know Barbara personally. I admired her work. We did two online courses together & where also members together on the Tag Tuesday blog. She will be sadly missed. Hugs Elizabeth from Australia xxx

Yvonne Moxon said...

So sad that she is no longer here to inspire.....sorry for your loss x

Hope Amen said...

Dear Paul, I just lost my husband and know what your loss feels like. Please take the time to grieve how you feel is right for you. Allow it to happen and know that the waves of emotions are there for a time and that is ok. Minute by minute is all you can do for the time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lynn Holland said...

Almost a year on and I have just seen your sad news. I'm so so sorry.
I have the great honour of owning a piece of Barbara's work. It is called the erosion bundle hanging and is on the wall in my studio and I look at it everyday and have had many many lovely comments on it. Next to it is a card that I notice is on the side bar of Barbara's blog.
We did have a link in that my sister lives in Witney and I spoke to Barbara about visiting her when I come down. How sad that it is not to be.
My thoughts are with you and hope that you have taken comfort in all,the lovely comments people have left you.
Lynn xx