I know I’ve been absent from this blog for months, and I’ll address that in a future post. Today, I want to celebrate the life of my friend, Vanessa Reece, who passed away last Sunday at the very young age of 36. Vanessa is survived by a 15 year old son, as well as her mother, grandmother, and an assortment of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Vanessa swept into my life through an online chat room, Live Marketing Chat, and over the course of several months, became one of my dearest friends. As I read the many posts on forums and Facebook, I realize that Vanessa had that special spark of life that resonates with people in all walks of life.
A few months ago, Vanessa developed a medical issue that the doctors were never able to diagnose. She started having seizures, and lost some of both her short term and long term memory. On two separate occasions, she was put into an induced coma for several days to stop the seizures and let her body heal.
Vanessa, being a strong minded woman, was determined to get back to work. In the past few weeks, as her memory was returning, the bubbly personality we all loved was back in full force! It was so encouraging to hear her talking on the mic, in chat, as she sounded like her old self again.
Vanessa came to chat last Saturday night, and had a lot to say about marketing. She was particularly helpful to Vincent, a new member of our chat group. And she was so bubbly and full of life.
Vanessa left chat around 2:30-3:00am, her time, having stayed up late so she could join us.
Her son found her a few hours later. Vanessa had already left us to share her beautiful soul in heaven.
I’m writing this post as a tribute to Vanessa, but also as a way to grieve. She had become an integral part of my daily life, for all that we’d never met in person. We talked on Skype almost every day. I was redesigning one of her websites, putting her PLR products into a real shopping cart, instead of a blog. We had just spent a couple of hours working out details of images for the product thumbnails on Saturday.
We use to talk on Skype, via headsets, for hours at a time. Sometimes we talked about work stuff, but mostly we just talked about living and loving. And now she’s gone. And I miss her. And I hurt so much, it surprises me. I have two daughters. And I feel like I just lost a third daughter.
And I can’t help but think, if I miss her this much, a woman who came to touch my life so recently, how much more so must her family–especially her teenage son–be hurting and missing her. I pray God will provide comfort to them all, fill their hearts and minds with peace, and hope.
I fully expect to see Vanessa again. I expect she will be there, along with other people I have loved that passed before me, to welcome me into heaven.
Because a life so beautiful… a soul so loving, giving and genuine… a woman who changed lives for the better for knowing her… I can’t see her spending eternity anywhere else but in the presence of the God who created her!
Rest peacefully, hon. I love you. I miss you. I’ll never forget you.
Vanessa Reece – March 10, 1975 ~ February 5, 2012R.I.P. Vanessa Reece – DannyCutts.com
Vanessa Reece 1975-2012 – RachelSpiveyBlog.com
Facebook Memorial Page for Vanessa
Another Wonderful Warrior Passes Away – Warrior Forum
Sad To Report We’ve Lost An Angel – Tiffany Dow Blog