Goodby my friends


My name is David Scraper, Katherine’s husband.  It is with great sadness that I write this blog post for all of you out there who came to know and admire Katherine.  I know her last post told of her initiation into the “breast cancer club”. In typical Katherine fashion.what she didn’t say was that she had a rare aggressive form of breast cancer that was already in stage IV when it was diagnosed.  She fought long and hard in the brief time available to her but in the end the cancer won.  Katherine passed away on Wednesday, December 21st at 3:30 PM.  As one of our daughters-in-law said “The world is a sadder place without her.”

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  1. Thank you for sharing this sad news. I’m sending you positive thoughts and prayers. I’ll miss her creative ideas and bright notes.

  2. I am sorry to hear that, but thankful that you letting the blog community know.
    I am going to miss looking at her works of art, that she was writing about so joyfully.

    It’s sad to say good bye to a family member, especially at this time of the year.
    May your memories of her, guide you through this hard times.

  3. My heart goes out to you and your family at such a difficult time. I hope there’s some comfort in knowing that she was loved in the blogging world, not just for her creativity and inspiring makes but also for her friendliness, enthusiasm, kindness and generosity towards fellow crafters. You just knew she had the same wonderful approach to the rest of life. Such a sad loss.

  4. So, so sorry to hear that Katharine lost her battle, but also so grateful that you found the strength to put it in writing to all her blogging pals – that must have been dreadfully difficult for you. Wishing you comfort at this terribly sad time.

  5. I am so sorry to read this news. She will be missed by all of us but that doesn’t begin to touch on how you all must feel. My thoughts go out to you and your family. I so appreciate that you posted this news here for us.

  6. My Deepest Condolences to you David and your entire family. Katherine, you will be missed and and all that you shared (post, blog visits, comments, liking, will all forever be around ). THANK YOU!!!.Mtetar

  7. David, to you and your entire families May The Good Lord continues to strengthen you all that you all are able to carry on and increase your faith. Be Blessed because you’re, Mtetar

  8. I will so miss her. Bloggy Friends have a special relationship that is more “real” than “virtual”. She brightened my days in so many ways and her absence will be felt by many. Sending prayers and hugs to you and the family………and thank you for sharing such a heartbreaking announcement………………….

  9. It was very thoughtful of you, David, to think about us during this awful time for you and your family! Blog friends are real friends and we care about each other. I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. David, I am sorry for your loss, Kathrine had such great posts, as a person that sewed as well, I loved seeing all the beautiful and fun projects that she made and posted. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just know she was truly loved in the Blogosphere!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  11. Mr. Scraper, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Katherine was a sweet person, and I think of her often when I am writing for children. She will be missed. My prayers are with you and your family. -Elizabeth

  12. I clicked on this link as soon as I saw it – I had been thinking of Katherine and how I missed hearing from her. She was a generous soul. Thank you for your post, David. My thoughts are with you.

  13. Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Our hearts are broken for your family. Katherine was a wonderful person–that was so clear from her posts and the online conversations we had. Please know that we will think of her often with a smile and a tear.

  14. You and your family have my heartfelt condolences. I am truly stunned. Her posts were often sporadic so I thought nothing of her quiet post. She inspired us all with your creative ideas and her kind nature. Thank you so much for letting us know. I am so deeply sorry to hear of her passing. Marlene

  15. I have followed your wife’s blog seems like forever! She will be GREATLY MISSED! Although I never met her *in person* I know she had a huge loving kind personality! I read this this morning and I just can’t stop thinking about how someday I hope to meet her up in the stars!

  16. David, my heart goes out to you. I’m sorry for your loss. The world is a sadder place indeed. Katherine seemed so light-hearted in her last post announcing her battle with cancer, that I just assumed she would concur her illness and return. This is such a shock.

    I loved her warm and caring ways, her crafts and the way she shared with us all. Arms around you and your family. Alys

  17. Oh no, how terribly sad. Thank you for letting us know David. Katherine was one of the first gals I connected with on WP. As Alys has said, Katherine was warm and friendly to all. Deepest sympathy to you and your entire family, I’m really sorry to hear this. Kelly

  18. I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Thank you for posting, although this is not the post I wanted to read. I have missed Katherine, her projects and her blogging. So many times when I discovered a new blog, I would see she had already visited there and liked postings. She seemed to be everywhere, spreading friendship and encouragement.

  19. My condolences and prayers being sent to your family.Katherine was one of the first bloggers I connected with when I started blogging and was always such a great positive person. She would always comment on our posts, encourage us and help us out with different projects. I am truly saddened to hear of her passing.

  20. Dear David and family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news and send my love to you all. The Blogging Family is an interesting one where we become so fond of someone in whose presence we have never actually been but whose life has touched ours in the way that means we are friends across the miles. My condolences to you all.

  21. Thank you for taking the time through your grief to let her sewing community know. She was one of the first to follow me when I started blogging and I always appreciated her warmth and kindness. I hope your memories sustain you and wish you peace. 💛

  22. There aren’t many people who stand out like Katherine – and I only knew her online! In real life, I have no doubt, she must have been just awesome. I have thought of her often in the last few months (and emailed once, but I think the reply may also have been written by you), and will continue to think of her. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  23. Yes, a much sadder world indeed! I’m very sorry for your family’s loss. We’ll all miss Katherine so much. I’m praying for your family. God can get you through the hardest of days ahead. He loves you so! His blessings to you all~

  24. I’m so very sorry to hear of Katherine’s passing. She was in my thoughts many times since reading about her illness. Thank you for reaching out to us.

  25. Indeed a bright light has been extinguished. My prayers to David and your family during this time of grief. She had such talent, and I have learned a great deal through reading her blog posts. I am very sorry.

  26. David, I am so terribly sorry to read about your loss. Behind as usual I only saw this today. My heart goes out to you and your family. Blessings and know that she touched many lives in a beautiful way.

  27. Hi David, I am so sad to hear this and my heart goes out to you and your family. I am sorry. I will miss the positivity and enthusiasm that came from Katherine’s creativity. Her posts were inspirational. Thank you so much for letting us know. I really appreciate it. Jane

  28. I’m sorry to hear of your loss. This is very sad news and it will be a difficult time for you all. I pray that you will be comforted over the coming weeks, months and years as you adjust to life without her. She was an amazing lady. Full of kindness, generosity and grace to everyone.

    She once sent me a quote she put on fabric, because I needed it at the time. When she made it she had not known who to give it to but God showed her. I lost Dad, a month later my marriage, my home, all my belongings and then another month later my 13yr old son, who I did not see or have any contact with for several yrs, I’m still waiting for his return. This quote was exactly what I needed. I read it every day, several times a day. She changed the world. May it help you in this time also.

    “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can”.

  29. I am so sad to read this,Katherine will be always in my heart and prayers., accept my condolences.
    Izabel and family..

  30. I’ve been away from blogs for a while, but Katherine crossed my mind today, so I came to check in. I’m so sorry for your loss. Even in the “virtual” world she was such an encouragement and source of joy. Blessings upon you all.

  31. I thought of Katherine today when I was going through a drawer and came across an item I had received from her. I haven’t blogged in quite some time and am very sad to read this post. She made a difference in my life and so many others, she will be missed, please accept my condolences.

  32. My heart is sad today. Katherine was such a generous and encouraging person, and I know her family and friends miss her. She was one of my first ‘virtual friends’ when I began blogging a few years ago. So sorry for your loss.

  33. I still think of Katherine, almost weekly, thanking the Lord for her and praying for her loved ones. Love to you all.

  34. I just read this. I’d wondered about her. The thing about these blogs is that our hearts are stored here. For our loved ones to assess. I hope it has been a comfort for you. I have obviously found this a few years later but I’m sure the hole is still there. I am so sorry for your loss. In following each other, I know she was a great person. And had a great husband. I always wondered what would happen to all of my blogger family if something happened to me. How would they know? You coming here was probably so hard. But it is appreciated. I pray your life is blessed & you have been able to heal as time passes.

  35. Hi David. You are probably not checking these comments anymore, but wanted to make this known anyway. I have been blogging since 2012 and Katherine was one of my very first followers. With the help of her encouraging comments, I’m still blogging today. I sat down this afternoon to write a “10 Years in 10 Paragraphs” post and thought about her support. It’s clear she touched so many lives through this blog. Hope you and your family are doing well.

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