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Post by Foghorn on October 25th 2010, 8:16 pm

I have access to facebook but what do I look for?

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Post by Deb on October 27th 2010, 9:50 am

Just search Anna Eccles. You will be able to see and read about the service.

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Post by Belair54 on October 28th 2010, 2:57 pm

I dont do face book so anything you could post would be appreciated
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Post by noend on October 28th 2010, 5:01 pm

I don't do Face book either.
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Post by Dinergirl on October 29th 2010, 8:56 am

Hello, I will try and post pictures from the service. I will see if it works...Ann always did this stuff for me, but I will give it a try.
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Post by Dinergirl on October 29th 2010, 9:06 am

How do you sum up your sister's life?
A lot of people have asked me to do this, and I have yet to find the words. People would say she had a great love of animals. That is an understatement!
She would say "They are a part of my being". It's tragic that we lost her this way but she loved working with animals and that's probably what she is doing right now.
Anna and her twin brother John were born prematurely. They were both under 3 pounds. She suffered throughout her life with poor eyesight.
At a young age, she was classified legally blind with right esotropia, amblyopia and congenital degenerative myopia. She wore her first pair of glasses when she was only 3 years old. She faced many struggles in her life, but she never felt sorry for herself.
Even when others felt sorry for her, she never felt sorry for herself.
From 8-18 years old she was involved with various 4-H programs at the Chautaqua Co Fair. After that she was the Superintendent for both the Dairy Goat and Poultry Barns. She was a great example, for the youth in her care, to not only care for the animals, but to respect them. She not only "kept" chickens, goats, rabbits, cows, ect, but she loved them as pets.
When most people would put down a lame baby chick or duck, Anna would tape their little broken legs up with tiny casts of popcicle sticks until they could make it on their own. She would never kill them.
She would stay up all night hand feeding kittens or baby goats. It didn't matter what kind of animal it was. Anna would take care of it.

She was a long time member of the Cherry Creek United Methodist Church. She treasured the time she spent in the Choir and the seasonal Cantata.
She was also very "crafty". She enjoyed making her own jewelry for herself
and more often as gifts for family and friends.
Anna loved Photography, which she used in her own cardmaking and scrapbooking projects, and as everyone knows, as backgrounds and textures for her Fairy Art. She was very artistic and spent hours making digital art to trade and sell online.
She was an avid reader. She had a great love of books and even though she loved her computer,
she thought more children should spend time in local libraries.

I often felt sorry for my older sister because I thought she was limited in the things she could do.
She never had any children of her own, but she had all of her nieces and nephews. She was extremely excited that she was going to become a great aunt. I read in her online blog that she didn't have any kids of her own, but if she did she wanted them to be just like Trisha and Trevor. Those were the kids God would have given her, in a way, I guess he did.

Anna had a way about her. She showed us how to enjoy life to the fullest and cherish the little things that many of us take for granted. She was a happy, laid back person. She didn't care about what other people thought of her outward appearance. She said "what's on the inside is what matters" She was secure in the person she was.

I was surprised by the outpouring of concern and anguish over her tragic unexpected death.
My entire family was amazed by the amount of people her life actually touched.
I thought I had known her, but I only knew a small part of her.
Thru the internet she reached out to people throughout the world.
I have been contacted by hundreds of online friends in Finland, England, Japan, Germany, Ecuador and throughout the United States.
One story that especially touched me was her involvement with a penpal from Ecuador she began corresponding with in elementary school. She continued her friendship throughout the next 20 years,
and during that friendship she helped the children of this poverty stricken tiny village start their own "4-H" club to buy their own chickens and hatch their own eggs. She did these things without any recognition for herself.

We don't cry for the ones who have passed on. We cry for the ones left behind. We cry for ourselves, for what we have lost. Remember the happy times, relive the treasured memories. It's okay to cry. It's okay to miss her, but remember she's not really gone. She lives on in our memories and shared experiences.
Some people will remember her for her sudden death, I prefer to remember her for her wonderful life.

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Post by noend on October 29th 2010, 12:32 pm

Brandy, that's beautiful. Thank you..I only knew Anna from online, and only a very small part of her, but the part I knew I love dearly. And there's nothing I wouldn't have done for her if I could..And like everyone else, it's such a shock, going to take a long time to accept it.

Thanks for the insight into the part of her life that I didn't know, however I did suspect that she was something like that..
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Post by Deb on October 30th 2010, 11:15 pm

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The songs that played before and after the services:






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Post by noend on November 26th 2010, 3:13 pm

Oh wow! Deb, that's just great...Fantastic...Ok if I post some of that on my board? I have a thread on there about Anna...
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Post by Deb on November 27th 2010, 12:02 am

Sure, go ahead. We all loved her dearly.

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Post by gentlerain on November 27th 2010, 1:03 am

I am devastated knowing Anna has gone from this plane. I have known her since she joined my MSN group. We spent many times on messenger and at times on the phone. Many of her tubes of fairies, chickens etc are in my Forum. Members that knew her are mourning her passing. We only found out a few days ago,
Anna will be in my heart forever

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Post by Deb on November 27th 2010, 2:35 am

I'm so sorry that you didn't find out until just recently. We tried very hard to contact everyone, on all the forums, but Anna had a lot of places none of us knew about also. Go gently on yourselves, as it is a difficult journey. Anna meant so much to so many. It's hard to say goodbye.

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Post by noend on November 27th 2010, 11:38 am

Thanks Deb, I put it on my board. I only have one member that's active that knew her from the old Ezboard days. But Anna and I go way back. I'll never say "Goodbye" to her, she's still around. We never leave the places we love.

Gentlerain, I'm sorry you didn't find out about it sooner.
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Post by Deb on November 27th 2010, 5:51 pm

Gentlerain, can you email me that? d m schwinn @ hotmail dot com.

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Post by noend on November 27th 2010, 6:07 pm

Hey that's beautiful, and great work..

Deb, you can right click on it and "Save as" if you just want to keep it.
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Post by gentlerain on November 27th 2010, 6:11 pm

Yes Deb you can do the right click and save. If you prefer I can email it

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Post by Deb on November 27th 2010, 8:22 pm

Yes, I know I can save it that way, but I was hoping for a full size copy, as I am collecting everything off the net for Anna's family, and I will be having a book published of all her artwork, and a chapter at the end for work done in her name, just so her mom will always have it.

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Post by gentlerain on November 27th 2010, 8:50 pm

Great idea Deb, yes I will email it to you, as an attachment. Would love a copy of the book
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Post by gentlerain on November 27th 2010, 8:57 pm

Email on way Deb

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Post by Deb on November 27th 2010, 9:24 pm

Got the email! Thanks Jan! It's a beautiful tribute to Anna.

When the book is ready for print, I will share the info for who will be doing it and how people can order their own copy. I do not know specifics yet, as I have not contacted any publishers yet. I will make sure that everyone has plenty of time to make their decision before having them go ahead and print.

I am actually VERY excited about this project. Anna's work should be memorialized in a wonderful fashion.

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Post by gentlerain on November 27th 2010, 10:07 pm

Glad the 2nd one made it to you, yes Anna's work should me memorialized. she was a great, self taught artist. I am blessed to have had her love and friendship..Still have it just in a different form

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Post by Deb on November 28th 2010, 2:23 am

So true Jan, she will never leave us. The gentleness and selflessness she exuded will remain a living testiment in those who have been touched by her and continue in her ways. There isn't a day that goes by where I do not think of her in some way or another. Most of the time, I find strength in my memories of her, other times I get swept away in the tides of my tears.

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Post by noend on November 28th 2010, 10:39 am

I read her blog last night. Wow! Was I amazed, and I saw her digital artwork. OMG! I had no idea she could do that. Absolutely fantastic. I wonder if the program I gave her "PSP 9" helped her get into that. If it did then it's one of the best things I ever did.
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Post by gentlerain on November 28th 2010, 12:38 pm

She took all the lessons in my Academy of PSP, so between you and I we gave her a great start in her artistic talent.
Plz post her blog link for me

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