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Title: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 03:29:54 PM

On Friday 22nd, Mairi Edwards, aka Ma100, lost her battle with cancer.
Ma was diagnosed  last year.

She had family all around her and was peaceful when she passed. As she went to
sleep, the sun shone through the grey clouds and they all knew it was her telling
them she's safe and there is no more pain.

Ma was very fond of everyone on MWC and cared about their efforts to improve
their writing.

She was the bravest person I've ever known and I've never been more proud of
anyone. She fought it like a trooper!!

We are all devastated but also relieved that she doesn't need to be scared anymore

Rest In Peace Ma
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Laura H on January 24, 2016, 03:33:28 PM
I couldn't believe it when I first heard. Now I just don't want to believe it.

Mairi was a remarkable woman. She had a big personality, and a huge talent. I'm so sad that she ran out of time before publishing her novel. But still, she has a legacy here as so many will have Ma stories they'll never forget.

What a woman!  What a loss.  :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: midnight candle on January 24, 2016, 03:37:23 PM
Speechless and tearful. She helped me so much when I first came online. It was a privilege to know her through private chat and more than a great pleasure working alongside her in the mod shack. She'll be missed by me and many others who loved her warm humour around MWC. I guess the Red Barren Bar will be busy tonight. I'll be tipping back a few rums for her. Missing you already Ma  :-*

Goodnight Sweetheart x
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: JewelAS53 on January 24, 2016, 03:40:08 PM
Fare thee well, Ma. You fought hard and lost with grace. A role model to the end.

It was a privilege to know and support you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Mrs N on January 24, 2016, 03:43:32 PM
Rest in Peace, Ma.

I had nothing but kindness and laughs in my dealings with you. :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: 510bhan on January 24, 2016, 03:53:37 PM
One Helluva Woman

Her frozen knickers will of course be remembered,
Ma would want it that way, but what a sad bloody day,
hearing she’s gone.  We crossed swords, had words,
had fun, shared ‘stuff’ to be done for the forum,
anthologies, Olympinks and proofreading – oh yeah
plenty of that. I’ll miss the old bat and her no nonsense crits.
What a woman! What a nutter! Her sense of humour
was wicked and evil and she spoke straight.
Mairi said things were getting hard but she ballsed it out
as usual, no time to whinge or whine, get on with it
as best you can, even if that means being nice to sis’ cats.
She made us laugh, she drove us mad, she even had
a thing against some bits of punctuation like colons
and semi colons. I was never sure if she abhorred them
more than poetry – only joking. Maybe I’m not. RIP Ma.
And good luck with Drew and the ghosties, I loved them.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Nick on January 24, 2016, 03:54:20 PM
Deeply saddened by this news. Ma was one of the longest serving moderators on MWC, and devoted many hours (all unpaid) to helping other members with their writing.

Older members may also recall the MWC Olymp-Inks, a vast and complex array of writing competitions and challenges she organized and ran herself (with some assistance from the other moderators, of course).

At one point Ma tried to resign as a moderator over a difference of opinion with another member. The moderator team were appalled by this prospect and unanimous in trying to persuade her to stay. Thankfully in the end she agreed to this!

I shall remember Ma for many things, including her wry sense of humour, her unfailing kindness, her humility, her wisdom, and of course the massive contribution she made to this forum. Rest in peace, Ma.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Spell Chick on January 24, 2016, 04:06:25 PM
My heart hurts.

I wish Ma's entire family peace in the coming days. We share your grief.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: heidi52 on January 24, 2016, 04:07:16 PM
I learned so much from her. Very sad to hear the news.

She will definitely leave a void, but I'm sure she will be back, she loved her ghosties so much, how could she help but join them?

Sio, that could have been the first poem she liked.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 04:08:12 PM

The many hats of Ma  :D


(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/AMa_zps2d25503c.gif)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: 510bhan on January 24, 2016, 04:09:38 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 24, 2016, 04:13:12 PM
Ma was also the driving force behind the anthologies we published. Lots of cajoling to get more submissions, enlist editors and cover artists. She also had a hand in dealing with the publishers. She did all this for the most part, behind the scenes as she carried on as a member and moderator.

Plus, she was my friend. Actually I know she was a friend to many around here, she was just that kind of person. One that can not be replace. We just have to make room for others, while retaining that space in our lives that was her's alone.

Frozen knickers, microwaved cats and dozens of other things were often joked about. But at heart Ma was a softy. I never heard of her saying "No" to anyone who came to her for help, especially if they asked politely.

Say hello to all your ghosties for us Ma. I'm sure they will be around to keep you company.

 
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: midnight candle on January 24, 2016, 04:13:37 PM
Just to let everybody know that poetry challenge 131 is a tribute to ma100. Even if you're not a poet, write some verse anyway and we'll give her a great send off :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Gyppo on January 24, 2016, 04:19:53 PM
A little lady who will leave a big gap.  She seems to have been around the circle forever.

A leading light in the production of the various MWC charity books.  A heart as big as it needed to be, which sometimes was very big.

I'm glad nothing's hurting you anymore.  But I'll miss you, My Friend.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Don on January 24, 2016, 04:25:24 PM
I could write pages in tribute to Ma, as could most of the members here.
I could make jokes about Ma, as she often did about herself and everyone else.
I could tell you how much she'll be missed, or maybe I couldn't because it's only now sinking in.
I could say how her advice and cajoling helped so many, but that would miss the point.

Mairi had a unique voice. Sadly, that voice is gone, but at least we have the echo to share.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 24, 2016, 04:28:14 PM
Quote
Mairi had a unique voice. Sadly, that voice is gone, but at least we have the echo to share.

True words well spoken Don.

May the echos linger a long time.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 04:38:38 PM


(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/Home/indexCA5Z8HN4_zpsuscphsby.png)

I remember having conversations with Ma via messenger or skype and I always commented she sounded like the Queen. So she was forever ripped off as Queen Ma. In fact we did a mock up photo of her as the Queen, I will keep searching for it but in the meantime, here is one she had as an avatar
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Gyppo on January 24, 2016, 04:41:19 PM
I always liked that picture.  I liked the worm with the various hats, but that picture told us a lot.  You don't get those lines without smiling a lot ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: midnight candle on January 24, 2016, 04:48:10 PM

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/Home/indexCA5Z8HN4_zpsuscphsby.png)

In fact we did a mock up photo of her as the Queen, I will keep searching for it but in the meantime, here is one she had as an avatar

i did that for one of her birthdays - just check each one until you find it :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 04:49:50 PM
 :D :D

I knew someone did it so I have found one of them at least

Queen Ma:

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/Home/the-queen-1-1024%20copy_zps9nlcxjru.jpg)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Andrewf on January 24, 2016, 04:50:13 PM
 :'(

Will miss you Ma.

 :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 04:54:46 PM

Once Ma and I got to know one another a bit, she would PM me with a request. It would be someones birthday and we had to throw a party.

Being the tech savvy lady she was, I had the job of collecting all the party stuff from all over the net, sending her the links and she and I would flood the board with silliness. Everyone seemed to let us know when there was a birthday coming up, she was in her element letting people know their day mattered, even if we had never met.

Love you Ma for all your craziness most of all  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Artemis Quark on January 24, 2016, 04:55:06 PM
Fly with the spirits, Ma.  :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: midnight candle on January 24, 2016, 04:55:36 PM
:D :D

I knew someone did it so I have found one of them at least

Queen Ma:

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/Home/the-queen-1-1024%20copy_zps9nlcxjru.jpg)

Love it :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Maimi on January 24, 2016, 04:58:55 PM
"I'm going to chemo with all your names emblazoned on my avatar/diva t-shirt with a poop badge attached."-Mairi

I bet she followed through on that fashion choice and had everyone at the treatment center smiling. One couldn't be around MA long, even virtually, before you were smiling.

Oh my, the anthologies and the olymp-inks. What a mess we were behind the scenes. Some will never know how much she put into those and the forum, although everyone still benefits from her efforts.

And butt clenching to music. So help me, never has a character's action stood out as much as this character of hers.

She had such a big and sassy personality, along with a love of all things Depp, Johnny Depp is probably feeling an inexplicable loss right now.


There will never be another MA. As with all greats, there never should be.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Amie on January 24, 2016, 05:06:54 PM
She was a lovely, kind woman, and she will be missed enormously.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 05:11:23 PM
 :D :D

That t-shirt rocked. Anything to help her through a rough journey.

The frozen nickers always stick in my mind when I think of the funny things. Little did she know that all these years down the track, we would still be thinking of her bloomers  :P :P
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Maimi on January 24, 2016, 05:27:38 PM
Well, the shirt was probably a dress on her. :)

There are some funnies that stand out. Even more are coming as the fog clears from memories.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 05:29:35 PM
Oh please, refresh our memories, we need it.  :)

Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Simple Things on January 24, 2016, 05:34:00 PM
:(

Sad to hear about the loss of someone dear to us. I will miss her, but still hold her close.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Maimi on January 24, 2016, 05:48:40 PM
Oh please, refresh our memories, we need it.  :)
Random one-liners keep popping up.


"Did I really says that?" (Of course she did. Without MA, I would have never known memory shorts out when the temper flares. :))

"You're American ... did you lose the plot of my story?"

"You must have the same doctor as me. He prescribed chocolate."

"Yep, you pretty much got it. And you're from a different country."


I see a theme with a few of them. ::)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 05:53:31 PM
 :D :D

Foreigners never made any sense did they.

I do remember the many rants about the half sis's cat, my how she loved them. But Lump ended up winning her heart.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Gyppo on January 24, 2016, 06:02:29 PM
Do you remember how she created Ma-Space?  She decorated the tiny little half room in colours to suit herself, made sure there was Ma sized furniture, and a little desk for her laptop.  A writer's dream room.  Just big enough for a writer and her laptop, but not big enough to be used as occasional storage by other residents.

"But there's only one chair."

"Yes.  It's mine."

Then she gave it up when her half-sis and her moggies moved in.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 24, 2016, 06:08:33 PM
 :D :D

Yep I remember that one clearly. She didn't want to give it up though  ::) ::)

Then all that wall paper removal and adding, and decorating and fussing over colours etc, she had it all going on, till her knickers froze  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Mastafrank on January 24, 2016, 07:08:54 PM
God bless her and her frozen knickers :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: 510bhan on January 24, 2016, 08:15:05 PM
Lots of Ma nonsense in here: http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=14186.5610  ;D ;D ;D ;D Mainly about rum and Johnny Depp. ::)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Annmarie on January 25, 2016, 01:42:45 AM
I can hear her chatting away with her ghosts.
 :)
 What a great hearted woman, and a mentor to me and others, nudging us to be braver and tougher.

I sent her a box of yummy Germany chocolates for Christmas and hope she got a bit of sweet joy from them.

Here's a breakfast rum raised for Mairi and her wit and love on a hot scooter!
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Matt Walker on January 25, 2016, 05:12:35 AM
I am so sorry to hear this. She gave her time so willingly and selflessly and helped me so much as a mod. You'll be missed, Ma.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: bri h on January 25, 2016, 06:40:39 AM
When i first came to the circ, i was an argumentative brat. A miner with a chip on his shoulder. And so i would always be gettin pm's off the Mods. Ma was the first one to see thru to the inner me. So she gave me the 'straight talk'.  I'll always be thankful to Ma and the rest of the mods for their patience with me. But i too remember those hats. Bein a hat person myself, i always liked Ma just that little bit more for what she had to offer. I remember too the seemingly hap-hazard strings of the Olym-pinks. All brought together somehow by Ma pulling the strings. I always got an up-dated image of the wicked Witch of the West when i thought of Ma on her scooter. And i never did find out the story behind those frozen knickers. And i did ask. One thing ive learned thru these long years of my life has been, 'dont mess with women with fire in their eyes'.  I still see those two fiery sky-blues looking at me. I'll miss you Ma. And the circle will too. God Bless Yuh. Bri. X
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: hillwalker3000 on January 25, 2016, 06:47:32 AM
So sad to hear this news. She gave me a couple of wrist slaps when I first joined MWC - the same way a caring mother would tick off an errant child. She was Ma to us all and will be sadly missed.

H3K
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Cathy C on January 25, 2016, 07:31:31 AM
It’s been a while since I posted here, but when I heard about Ma I had to come pay my respects.

Hard to believe so many years have passed since I first met Ma, as a newbie on these boards – I think it was 2007! She had such a zest for learning, was never afraid to ask the ‘stupid’ questions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone learn as much in such a short space of time, or grow as a writer. She worked so hard on Drew and her beloved ghosties.

What I remember most about her was her willingness to help,  giving  her time and her experience to anyone who asked. Although, woe to anyone to tried to take advantage of her good nature. She wasn’t slow on setting them straight. Lol

She brightened up many a dark evening with her humour. Often we’d be chatting on the ‘boards’ and she’d be sending PM’s to all and sundry at the same time. She was the first person I knew to get locked out of her messages for going over the limit. That woman could talk! Lol

You know I hate rum, Ma, but I will raise a glass of the vile stuff in your honour.

Mairi – you were a friend to all, and you will be sorely missed.


Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Dawn on January 25, 2016, 11:43:54 AM
I keep waiting for the right words to come - nothing. Mairi was not only the best mentor I could wish for but a good friend too. She helped me in so many ways with my writing, and for that, I will be eternally grateful, and deeply saddened to have lost our friend.

Let's all raise our glasses (Rum of course) 'To Mairi, may she be dancing the light fandango and free of the 'Spazmobile' (her words not mine)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Xerika on January 25, 2016, 01:18:49 PM
I haven't been around on MWC for a while, but wanted to pay my respects after I heard this very sad news about Ma. (Thank you, firefly, for letting me know.)

Funny, straight talking and incredibly generous with her time in helping others, she will be sorely missed.

RIP, Ma. It was a privilege to know you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 25, 2016, 02:00:13 PM
It occurred to me this morning, Ma didn't step down as a moderator, she just moved to a different platform.

Keep up the great job of moderating Ma. We'll miss you, but know you are with us in your heart.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 25, 2016, 05:39:35 PM
Wow Ma, you must be proud of all the messages from people you thought didn't have much time for you because you put them in the naughty corner. Bet you have a big box of tissues beside you and a smile as wide as the ocean.


She brightened up many a dark evening with her humour. Often we’d be chatting on the ‘boards’ and she’d be sending PM’s to all and sundry at the same time. She was the first person I knew to get locked out of her messages for going over the limit. That woman could talk! Lol

 :D :D

This was a regular occurrence for Ma. For the members who do not know, if you reach 20 PM's in quick concession, not sure of the time frame, you are locked out of your PM's for 20 minutes I think. Ma would end up in the Modshack whining (which is usually SpellChick's job) about not being able to chat. Had us all giggling in the background and sending her PM's just to tick her off a bit more.  ::) ::) ::) She always got even one way or the other.

The last couple of days have been hard you old bag and distance is all our greatest enemy. You are the one person I wanted to sit and chat with face to face. Remember the time mate, we were chatting via skype or whatever it was those years ago and Fred came home for lunch. We had chatted about our kids and animals and husbands etc for hours, the time flew and you had forgotten to get his lunch ready.  :D :D Sorry Fred, it was my fault. She is just so easy to chat too, sounding like the Queen and all.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 25, 2016, 11:42:52 PM
I really don't know what to say about Ma, other than I will really miss her. She meant so much to me, especially her guidance and love when I first started here in 2008. She really was my online mother, and she always pushed me to be better at everything I do. But as I've read from the other posts, we should celebrate her life, and remember the great times. She knew how to have fun even when times are tough.

Her pain is gone. Her memory will last a century.

And thanks to those who reached out to me to let me know about Ma. You're the best.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: midnight candle on January 26, 2016, 06:19:52 AM

Her pain is gone. Her memory will last a century.


Lovely words Joe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Jo Bannister on January 26, 2016, 11:15:46 AM
So sorry to hear the news.  There aren't so many genuine wordsmiths around that we could afford to lose one.

Best wishes to her friends and family.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 26, 2016, 07:30:12 PM
Ma's funeral will be on Feb 5 in the UK. Anyone wanting details to attend please feel free to PM me for more details  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Monica on January 26, 2016, 08:13:23 PM
I really wish I could've know this woman that you all are speaking of. She sounds like an incredibly brave woman. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

Monica
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: midnight candle on January 26, 2016, 08:18:08 PM
I really wish I could've know this woman that you all are speaking of.

She was one of the best Monica x
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 26, 2016, 09:03:31 PM
As you know, that is all He seems to take  :'( :'(
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 26, 2016, 09:16:08 PM
For those who may not have seen this, the Members Bookshelf has been dedicated to Ma. She was instrumental in pushing for the addition of this board and it seemed very fitting by the Powers that be.

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?board=22.0
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 27, 2016, 06:37:03 AM
Rhianne  :-* :-* :-* :-*

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=19109.0

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=32942.0

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=19342.0

More to come x o
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: davidleejones13 on January 27, 2016, 06:51:43 AM
Arrr, tha decks of THE THINGY shall never be tha same. I shall miss Cap'm MA, she was one of a kind.

I was so saddened to hear this. MA always had such kind words and did nothing short of mentoring me in my writing. She helped groom my craft with helpful criticism and instruction. I will miss my old friend with the many hats... :( :( :( :(
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Mastafrank on January 27, 2016, 07:59:20 AM
I pity poor Jonny Depp :D

Ma never lost her battle..she fought free 8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 27, 2016, 09:33:28 AM
Ma never lost her battle..she fought free 8)

Well said.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: DistantSun on January 27, 2016, 12:53:07 PM
It's taken me a little while to feel ready to post on the thread here - even as I type, there are a few tears still rolling.

Ma was the first mod I ever pm'd when I was new on the boards here. I didn't understand something about a story challenge, and she was the only mod online at the time. She replied quickly, and didn't make me feel like the idiot I felt I was (although there were plenty of times once we got more familiar with each other over the next few years that she didn't hesitate to take a shot or two!).

She pm'd me a few weeks later, asking if the short story I'd submitted for that challenge (and missed out on winning due to one of Gyppo's classic tales) could be included in the anthology she was putting together. I was gobsmacked. Flattered. And a wee bit afraid, to be honest. That little contribution was the first nugget of fiction of mine that has ever been published. Thanks Ma  :-*

I have fond memories of the last Olympinks, and all the chats and interactions I had with Ma and 510 - so much fun!

I also was the one who drew the little rum-sipping, singing caterpillar in her profile pic. Late last year I cut out the picture, stuck it on a notecard and sent her a letter that also included a fake UK licence plate I'd made for her that read "DEPP4ME", that I envisioned her attaching to the back of her 'mobile' as she puttered around town.

She had such a wicked sense of humour, that extended to a little evil-doing on occasion. But it seemed to be a right of initiation of sorts on the boards here -  you knew you were 'one of the gang' when Ma gave you some sort of horrible virtual job to do, or took a jab at you in one of the games or conversation threads.

Cheers Ma. Thanks for the memories.

Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: CarrieSheppard on January 28, 2016, 03:39:32 AM
Very sad to hear of the passing of Ma. A lovely person who always spent so much time helping others. Love and good wishes to her family.

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Dylan di Vilde on January 28, 2016, 06:47:45 AM
So sad to read about Mairi. I didn’t know her but we had had a brief correspondence a couple of years ago when she asked me to write a poem for her son’s wedding. My condolences to the family.

Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 28, 2016, 09:51:17 AM
So sad to read about Mairi. I didn’t know her but we had had a brief correspondence a couple of years ago when she asked me to write a poem for her son’s wedding. My condolences to the family.

I remember that. Hope you realized at the time, and even now, how much she appreciated you for doing it for her.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: ma100 on January 31, 2016, 04:33:37 PM
Hello all,

First of all please do not freak out it's not Mairi, You probably won't know me but my name is Christopher, Mairi was my mother. I just wanted to post a thank you to all of you, for your kind words, and all the love, support and friendship you showed my mum.
The writers circle gave my mum many happy years, many friends, and a way to let the creativity that screamed from her body out, so thank you.
 
My dad(Fred), me, and all my family would like to say thank for the beautiful flowers, and chocolates.

And just to let you all know how special you really all were to my mother and how much impact you all made on her life, we have selected a few messages from the beautiful words you have said about her on this forum to be read out at her funeral, we understand that your all so far away and that you would not be able to be there in body, so we will make sure you are all there for her in spirit, your words will be embedded in to the hearts of our entire family when we say our goodbyes.

Goodnight all,

My mother has now become one of the stars she used to look to for inspiration.

Christopher, Fred, Donna, Stephen, Angela, Rhianne, Reece, Ryan, Isiah, Lily, and of course The one and only Ma!
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on January 31, 2016, 04:46:09 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-*

Thank you so much Chris for popping in.

You certainly did make me look twice I have to say.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: DistantSun on January 31, 2016, 05:04:45 PM
Thank you Christopher. It means a lot that you took the time to let us know.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 31, 2016, 06:13:24 PM
Christopher, Seeing Ma's name on the message did take me by surprise. But your words are well received, so thank. It means a lot that we will be there, if only in spirit and a few of our words, for Ma's last good-bye.

Thank you,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Gyppo on January 31, 2016, 06:27:34 PM
Christopher, our thoughts are with you and the rest of the family.  Thanks for sharing Ma with us for the last several years.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: midnight candle on January 31, 2016, 06:35:12 PM
Thanks for those lovely words Christopher, your mum will be missed around here, but at least you know how much she was loved on this forum. Sorry for your loss.  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: Laura H on January 31, 2016, 07:18:03 PM
Thank you for posting, Chris. And I know your name and that you are a talented musician because your Mom talked about you a lot. Bragged  :D She was so proud of you she was popping buttons.

My best to you and your family. Your Mama was very special to me.
Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: ma100 on February 01, 2016, 06:03:36 PM
Hello all,

This is Fred, this message is being typed by my son Chris, I just wanted you to all know that the reason I did not respond myself was because I have no idea how to use a computer. But thank you for your kindness xx
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Post by: fire-fly on February 01, 2016, 06:44:18 PM
 Hi Fred and Chris,

Thanks for taking the time to pop in, its nice to see your faces.

Ma always said she wasn't all that techie either but she got by in here OK.

Our thoughts and love are with you guys  :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: Don on February 02, 2016, 06:45:23 AM
Chris, Fred, et al.,

Ma always took such pride in all of your successes, great or small and shared them with everyone here. She took nearly equal pride in the successes of folks here, so it means a lot that you've allowed us to be part of your farewell.

Linda is right, our thoughts and love are with you guys.
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Post by: Annmarie on February 02, 2016, 07:42:07 AM
So good to hear from the family, Christopher and Fred. Thanks for dropping by and it's really touching some of our words will be read out at the funeral. Thank you for that honor. I'm thinking of you all.  :)
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Post by: DGSquared on February 03, 2016, 03:12:56 PM
To Fred, Chris, All of Ma's Family and Friends, including those here at My Writer's Circle, I can only say, thank you for sharing Ma and I'm sorry for this loss of such a wonderful person.


Everything else feels hollow and muted.


Love,
~Deb
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Post by: DGSquared on February 03, 2016, 05:23:27 PM
:D :D

That t-shirt rocked. Anything to help her through a rough journey.

The frozen nickers always stick in my mind when I think of the funny things. Little did she know that all these years down the track, we would still be thinking of her bloomers  :P :P

Reading through these with tears, then you have to go and cause a spit-take. Ma would have loved me spewing on my keyboard and would have reminded me that I should know better than to read anything put out by this lot with liquid twixt me cheeks.

What a void left by a such a tremendous personality, such an exceptional person.

Thank you, Ma, for your honest approach, sense of fairness, and wicked humor. You  will always be loved and remembered.
 
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Post by: fire-fly on February 03, 2016, 05:41:23 PM
 :D :D

How many days did those bloomers stay frozen? We got some miles out of them mate
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Post by: DGSquared on February 04, 2016, 12:37:00 AM
I recall convulsive laughter and my boys looking at me like I'd lost my mind.
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Post by: Lin on February 07, 2016, 12:35:10 PM
Having not been on MWC for a while I was very shocked at the news.  Ma and I go back a long way, she was always the most helpful person you could wish for.  I am most saddened to hear this.  It goes to show that you never know what is behind the person who does all the good work.

My condolences to her family.  I will certainly miss her.  We don't often lose our members on this forum, but when we do it's like losing a friend even though we never met.

All my love to the family

Lin

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Post by: cmb on February 13, 2016, 09:18:19 AM
Ma gone. I can't believe it. I have no words. Just this big cold lump in my stomach.
I'll miss her.
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Post by: Vienna on February 17, 2016, 10:57:44 AM
RIP

Just seen this. A very sad day. Condolences to family.  Had a few spats with Ma but nevera  grudge held. A lovely lady gone.


 

Title: Re: Sticky: Vale Ma100
Post by: fire-fly on February 21, 2016, 10:16:41 PM
You've been gone a whole month now Ma, hope you have them inline up there, no spammers and watch those poets  :-*
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Post by: Laura H on February 21, 2016, 10:17:56 PM
Can't believe it's been a whole month.
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Post by: John Baker on March 13, 2016, 10:21:33 PM
Sorry to hear this.
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Post by: ed on March 17, 2016, 02:53:25 PM
On Friday 22nd, Mairi Edwards, aka Ma100, lost her battle with cancer.
Ma was diagnosed  last year.

She had family all around her and was peaceful when she passed. As she went to
sleep, the sun shone through the grey clouds and they all knew it was her telling
them she's safe and there is no more pain.

Ma was very fond of everyone on MWC and cared about their efforts to improve
their writing.

She was the bravest person I've ever known and I've never been more proud of
anyone. She fought it like a trooper!!

We are all devastated but also relieved that she doesn't need to be scared anymore

Rest In Peace Ma


Oh that's super sad. I remember chatting with her. It's terrible that cancer takes so many good lives. RIP! God speed fellow writer and human being.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 01, 2016, 02:40:28 AM
Not sure if I mentioned it, but I dedicated a recent book to Ma. She meant so much to me as a youngster, and every day since.
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Post by: fire-fly on April 01, 2016, 04:31:44 AM
She would love that Joe.  :-*
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 01, 2016, 04:40:58 AM
She would love that Joe.  :-*

Felt like the right thing to do. Her ghosties will always stay with me.  :D
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Post by: fire-fly on April 01, 2016, 04:58:35 AM
 ;D ;D

I love the ghosties they were so cool
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Post by: Laura H on April 01, 2016, 07:02:30 AM
Ma would have loved that, Joe. :-*
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Post by: Simple Things on April 01, 2016, 08:49:20 AM
Great to hear, Joe. Appreciate the sentiment.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 01, 2016, 09:38:51 AM
Very thoughtful Joe, good for you.  :)
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Post by: JewelAS53 on April 01, 2016, 10:24:27 AM
That's great, Joe.  :-*
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Post by: Gyppo on April 01, 2016, 06:29:55 PM
That's a mighty fine gesture, Joe.
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Post by: cmb on April 02, 2016, 04:42:50 AM
Not sure if I mentioned it, but I dedicated a recent book to Ma. She meant so much to me as a youngster, and every day since.

That's such a nice thing to do, Joe.  :)
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Post by: fire-fly on April 26, 2016, 05:24:56 PM
Today is April 27 here in Oz, you all may be a bit slower coming into it

Today is our wonderful friends birthday

Happy birthday Ma, would much rather be giving you heaps in the bar or anywhere but this thread

Love you heaps you old bat.  :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: Artemis Quark on April 26, 2016, 05:36:53 PM
Happy birthday, Ma. I'm hoping you are having a great time. Life sucks here at the moment. At least for me. Sorry for the self indulgence. Today, I'm in a trough.  :'(
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Post by: Laura H on April 26, 2016, 06:41:39 PM
To Ma, and all those others missing at the table.  :'(
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Post by: Artemis Quark on April 26, 2016, 07:01:03 PM
Salut!
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Post by: Vienna on April 27, 2016, 09:34:23 AM
cheers Ma.
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Post by: Lin on May 01, 2016, 09:02:56 AM
I just wished that she was still with us to appreciate the good wishes. At least her family and friends will read this and see how well we thought of her. I miss her, she used to write to me and me to her when we had a question about writing.  Great soul and always helpful.

Lin