Old 06-30-2013, 09:46 AM
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Default amazing, isn't it?

never underestimate the impact you can have on others!
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:26 PM
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Default Farewell,dear Pootie

I didn't know Donna as well as the rest of you,but I just had the feeling she would always be there.I take it for granted that you all are watching and reading my posts,as I do all of yours,and I can count on you all being here whenever I log on.You make me laugh when I feel so down,I don't think I can go on,and I love you all for that.Pootie was just such a person,welcoming me to the fold and encouraging me on,even though she hardly knew me.I feel towards each and every one of you as my family,and I will truly miss Donna.My sincere sympathy to her family.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:32 AM
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Default Pootie

I have missed a while, you know, tech difficulties.
So sorry to hear Pootie is gone on her journey with out us. She is in good company, you know.
Thank you Barnabas, for your "Gone from my eyes" poem a wonderful perspective for those of us left behind.
You are all so special, thanks.
Father in Heaven, smile on us today, help us to smile again. Amen
<3 Mary Sunshine
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:21 PM
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I think detailing Pootie's statistics would be appropriate. The numbers she achieved are much like the person she was... in a word, awesome. Most of the numbers are easily found elsewhere on this website - such as... 151,330 puzzles solved out of 153,817 attempted for a 98.3% completion rate. Points amassed: 43,449,704. These are numbers that will never change; her last puzzle solved on December 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM (website time). Had she not been stricken with her illness, these numbers would undoubtedly be much higher. One number that will change as time passes will be her ranking on the all-time list, and that is the reason I felt it was important to make note of her statistics. When Pootie passed away she was (and still is) ranked 7th on the all-time list. As the years go by she will eventually drop out of the top 10, and then the top 25, and so on. It's inevitable. What's important to realize, though, is this; even in Pootie's hobbies she strived for excellence. And if she could achieve the kind of excellence here that she did, I would imagine that she was a wonderful family member, friend, co-worker, etc. I have no doubt she was the very best.

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Old 07-05-2013, 06:55 AM
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Thank you, Barnabas, for posting Donna's (Pootie's) statistics. What a lovely way to remember her amazing achievement on this site. I was far behind her on the all-time list when she first became ill. I started playing less then because I didn't want to pass her. She encouraged me to play and became my biggest supporter. She even congratulated me when I passed her because that's the kind of person she was. She was a wonderful friend and truly an amazingly brave and courageous woman in the way she handled her illness.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:27 PM
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After an unusual break from Cryptos, I am saddened to hear about the passing of Pootie.

Although I didnít know her (beyond a brief yet hilarious exchange concerning an imaginary overnight food-laden party for Crypto-nuts,) I admired what I saw as a straight-talking, protective, tough yet warm woman who clearly enjoyed this site, defended its integrity - as well as fellow players - and did not suffer fools. She earned and deserved all of the respect and accolades among these comments.

My warm thoughts and regards to her and her family.

- R
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:27 AM
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Default Thank You

Forgive me for not replying sooner.

I thank you all sincerely and with deep respect for all your
kind thoughts, words, memories and condolences.

Pootie loved this site. Thank you Stephen for creating such
a fantastic place for people to come and play and make friends.

Please know that she loved you all in her inimitable way.

Once again, my sincerest thanks.

Please dont forget her.

Everyone take good care and enjoy this great game.
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:39 AM
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Default hey, big sis!

i come across at least one comment from pootie on a puzzle page every day or so, so there's no WAY i can forget her--and i'm sure it's the same for all who "knew" her here! what a great way to be reminded of her--and comments stay forever.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:42 AM
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When Donna first joined the site, we were fierce competitors....constantly chasing and passing each other. At that time, I had several different avatars that I would choose from, not being totally satisfied with any of them! And then one day Donna sent me a private message asking if my username stood for "greyhound". THis surprised me 'cause the few inquiries I had received prior to that translated it as "greyhair"..!! At the time, we had our first rescued greyhound. At any rate, the next day she sent me a link to the avatar that I continue to use, and from that day on we became friends. Every time I'm here I'm reminded of her kindness and love not just by my "greyhounds rock!!" avatar but also by her wonderful, witty and charming comments. She will be remembered by everyone who interacted with her ( including those hospice folks!! Jeez, that still makes me laugh!!)
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:54 AM
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Default ?

@gryhnd51 - what hospice folks? is there a good story you'd like to share?!
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