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Rosaleen Bellamy’s Bookmarks
December 15, 2007, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Family and Friends

One of my bereavement packets made its way to the home of Rosaleen Bellamy in Ontario, Canada.  A package arrived several weeks later and had obviously had a difficult time getting through Customs.  It was battered and dirty but still intact.  The package contained a letter and a beautiful angel bookmark wrapped in white tissue paper.  After reading the letter, I realized that the bookmark had been made by Rosaleen.  I was thrilled!  How did she know that reading was something that brought me such comfort?

Rosaleen seemed genuinely pleased that I loved her bookmark.  She made it in memory of her daughter, Denise Rosaleen Vaughan who was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada on July 14, 1978 and passed on December 29, 1984.  Denise was only six when she lost her heroic battle with cancer.

It was only two weeks later when another package arrived from Canada.  Twenty bookmarks were carefully wrapped in tissue paper this time.  Each had brightly colored beads and either angels or butterflies lovingly strung on leather strips…each one more beautiful than the other.  Rosaleen’s note that day said she made these to be included in each of the next bereavement packets that were sent out, her gift to each of these families.  What a precious gift of love dear friend!!

Barbara Brandenburg and Elizabeth Cundiff from my office worked with Rosaleen to design an insert to include with each bookmark that had a picture of Denise and a brief note about Rosaleen’s gift.  Well, Rosaleen has now sent us over one hundred bookmarks.  As I told her the other day, Denise and her bookmarks have been sent all over the United States!!  As our insert says, ”As you use this precious gift, always remember little Denise Vaughan who is so loved by her mother and the rest of her family in Canada.”

As December 29th approaches, we will remember Denise Rosaleen Vaughan.  She has not been forgotten.

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