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Thursday, February 8, 2018

VALE HEDIE

As most people know I walk in the forest most mornings. I walk with a small group of women. One of these ladies was Hedie, who passed away last month from two severe strokes. She was an amazing lady. She was originally from Iceland. She lost her husband only a few years ago. She recently visited Iceland and her twin sister and other relatives for the first time in many, many years. She lived in her house on her own and did many renovations by herself. She was a fit lady. She went to the gym for years and had done thousands of workouts. She has a daughter in NZ and a son in Brisbane.

We miss her every morning when we set off for our walk.

This was last winter, Hedie is the lady at the back of the group.

Her daughter sent us some photos from when Hedie visited her in NZ not long ago.
She was in her late seventies but you wouldn't think so she was so fit.


RIP Hedie. It was a pleasure knowing you. You were an inspiration to me, showing me how it is possible to keep going, keep walking and keep travelling. The stroke was unfair to you.
The ladies from her gym had a morning tea and raised money for the stroke foundation.


27 comments:

  1. how sad for her family and friends. my condolences

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  2. I suppose we all know people who really ought not die because of their level of fitness and the interest in the outside world. It is so good that she was able to recently see family.

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  3. IMO one of the best recommendations is for ones friends to remember one the way you remember so many good things, She must have been a wonderful person.

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  4. Diane, that's a beautiful tribute to Hedie who was obviously a lovely lady.

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  5. Quite some lady. She certainly looked fit from that photo.
    Fancy a lady from Iceland moving to Australia. Certainly a big change
    of environment.
    Your tribute is lovely.
    Colin

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  6. So sad to lose a good friend. She sounds like she was a fantastic lady and very inspirational.

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to your friend and inspiration.

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  8. Sorry to hear of your loss, but how blessed you have been to have her on board your journey through life. Wishing you happy memories of her each time you walk through the forest.

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  9. It is always sad to hear of deaths but, at our age, inevitable. Hedie certainly was an attractive and young-looking lady for her age and the affect of her demise on the rest of her walking companions must be significant. Your post was a lovely and moving tribute.

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  10. Sad to loose someone so close to you. It is something we have to learn to deal with at our age helas.

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  11. Sad to lose friends and sad that someone so young looking and fit should succumb to a stroke. I'm sure the forest walks are great fun though. It's nice walking with friends.

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  12. I am sorry for the loss of your good friend and hiking buddy. Stroke scares me because it is such a hidden disease.

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  13. So sorry to hear about your friend and neighbor passing. She does look very young and fit. Lovely photos and tribute! Prayers to you and her family.

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  14. How sad, when she kept herself so fit. Doesn't mean we should give up though, right? im sorry you and your friends will be missing Hedie.

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  15. Hello Diane.
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.
    This is a lovely tribute to her.
    My condolences to her family.
    Dimi...

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  16. so sad to hear a healthy and happy lady is gone so soon and suddenly. that first photo is just beautiful. i am sorry you have lost your friend

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  17. Very sad, it amazes me how strokes can happen to people who are fit and appear to be so healthy. Sad to lose a friend especially when you least expect it. T'other Diane

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  18. It seems very unfair that someone so fit shoud be taken away before their time. It is obvious that she will be missed.

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  19. That sounds so damnably unfair to a woman who was obviously enjoying life :( Thoughts to all xxx

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  20. So sad and unfair Diane, this is a lovely tribute to your friend, I'm sure your walks in the forest will Keep her always in your thoughts.

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  21. Oh dear me, not so good when people pass that we have had a good time with, or just to know them was a blessing.
    Like your first photo.

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  22. Lovely tribute to your friend. I'm so sorry -- It was certainly NOT fair!

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  23. We never know, do we? That is why each new day is a gift.
    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. May she rest in peace.

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  24. I'm sure you ladies miss her on your morning walks - what an inspirational lady.

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  25. So sorry to read about the loss of your friend, Diane. It is indeed sad when people who do everything right by keeping fit and active are suddenly and inexplicably affected. It does go to show us to live life to the fullest each day and enjoy one another. It was so nice of you and your friends to get together for a fundraiser.

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  26. So sorry for your loss, Diane. It's a mystery when healthy people die. However, I know that there is no guarantee for any of us. She looks like a person who lived life to the fullest. I love that top photo with the ladies walking toward the light.

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