Thanksgiving Blessing - Our Dear Friend Deborah

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 AZ Broker BR030809000

Not sure quite where to start with this post as it's  about a  blessing as well as  a sad time. Deborah the lovely lady in pink. is very near her end of life as I type.  Her husband is the guy looking intently at her with a happy smile.  These two met years ago at a network function we hosted at our home. They  first met in the front entry by the fireplace and immediately clicked, and must have stood there talking for hours!  Deborah told me later..... her first thought was - oh he's trouble!  They've been together ever since!

She's was diagnosed 2 years ago with several cancers.  She was quite hopeful that a cure would be found and she could go on with her life. She was a real trouper through it all and it was one tough journey. It became clear about a month ago, after  yet one more surgery and trying to recover for several weeks, that enough was enough. It was time to make a decision. She decided, along with her family to be admitted into hospice. The doctors thought she would slip peacefully into her next life in a few days ,and yet she's still sleeping peacefully.  Any day we know we'll get 'the call'.

We are more than grateful and blessed to have had Deborah as our dear friend all of these years. She is the type of lady that lights up every room she walks into - in a huge way! And her sense of humor was second to none!  There were many evenings the four of us would stay up after a party or event and sip a bourbon and talk for hours and hours and enjoy the hot tub or late swim.  We've also enjoyed just about every brunch place in AZ with these two as well. So many wonderful times. We are beyond blessed to have such beautiful friends.

We are doing our best to be there for her husband Michael.  He's been angel, caring for her this past 2 years, doing as much as humanly possible for her.  He's truly been a blessing to her. Those of you that have lost a spouse know of what I'm talking about.  It's not so easy by a long shot. They need their friends more than ever in this time of intense change.

Honestly, both Gary and I are grateful, as hard as it is to loose a loved one, that she will be out the pain and suffering she was in for so long.  This Thanksgiving and Christmas will be very different without our dear friend Deborah.  We love you Deborah.  You will be dearly missed.  You are an amazing, amazing lady! Thank you for touching our life and the lives of thousands of people that you touched.

 

Thanksgiving Blessing - Our Dear Friend Deborah

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Anna “Banana” Kruchten

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HomeSmart Real Estate

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Comments (52)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP this is lovely....

Every friend is a blessing and makes us stronger. For every hug you give and receive, let positive energy flow.

Nov 21, 2021 03:14 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

How are you doing Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker?


I am glad to hear my words resonnated with you. Whenever I get creative and write something someone appreciates, it makes me good to know it was appreciated. I know how much you appreciated your friend and Michael too.  

Nov 22, 2021 06:31 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. oh yes we've been at his side with whatever is needed.  It was nice as he came for dinner last night along with a couple other close friends and that was good. He stayed the night and relaxed this morning.  We planned Deborah's Celebration and he's happy it will be sooner rather than later.  All good.  Just a lot going on as another friend is in the hospital but is going to be fine, in time.  Our otto is Happy Healthy Dead! 

Nov 21, 2021 03:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I just lost my mother in law to cancer 2 week's ago, it's been a rough month as I also lost my cousin, who I have always looked up to, the first week of the month of Covid this time. What I am blessed with is memories Anna 😃

Nov 27, 2021 11:16 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law and cousins passing.  All we can do is live on and be happy as we know that's what they want us to be doing.  Rough few weeks, I certainly understand.  Each day gets a bit lighter.  And lots of great memories to cherish!

Nov 27, 2021 12:43 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Bless her bless her bless her in all her glory- Deborah Deserves all kinds of love and prayers going out to her for sure

Nov 28, 2021 10:20 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Laura Cerrano she indeed does deserves all the love and now she's with the angels. She made her transistion on November 19th and she can finally rest in peace.  Thank God!  It was a very long 2 years for her and she went through with strength, grace and honor as best as she possibly could.  She is missed by many, many people!

Nov 29, 2021 09:29 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I was so sorry as I read through the comments to see that your dear friend had slipped away.  I am glad that Michael has people as wonderful as you are.  My neighbor died on Friday evening after two years of dementia and old age and immobility.  He died at home with his family there.  

Nov 29, 2021 11:46 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Thank you Lise Howe it's been rough but it's also a blessing as is probably your neighbors passing.  I'm happy she's out of the pain and can finally rest in peace.  So glad your neighbor died at home with his family surrounding him. 

Nov 29, 2021 08:08 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Miss Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker I stopped by again to ask how your dear friend Deborah is doing ... and see from the comments she has passed. 

May she rest in peace and may your heart be at peace with her passing. 

Dec 04, 2021 09:29 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Thank you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist ! I appreciate you stopping back by again. Very kind of you :)  She is at rest and I am so glad she is out of the pain she'd been with for far too long.  Michael is doing ok, all things considered. My heart is at peace as I know it was her time.  And oh she will be very missed!  She was one of those that when she walked in the room - everything brightened up because of her! Very fun gal!

Dec 04, 2021 09:57 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a wonderful tribute to Deborah.  She is in a better place.  And I'm sure that Michael is getting plenty of love from you and Gary.  He is blessed that you two are part of his life. 

Dec 06, 2021 09:43 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Thank you Chris Ann Cleland :)  Much appreciated.  Deborah is in a much better place albeit she is missed and will be more so as the holidays go on.  We spent so much time together over the years having fun, laughing and doing silly things.

Dec 06, 2021 03:33 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Oh my heart Anna, your story about Deborah is so tender and sweet! We can all use wonderful friends and the two of you certainly were! Prayers of comfort to all of you who knew and love her.

Dec 09, 2021 03:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Anna.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Dec 12, 2021 01:20 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Anna! 

I knew of Deborah's passing and wanted to circle back and see how you are doing and how her Celebration of Life was? I know that with you having a hand in it, it was just what she would have put together. I hope Michael is staying strong, as difficulat as I know it has to be for him - especially during the holidays. Know that you all remain in my heart and prayers for peace and strength. May your amazing memories with Deborah bring smiles to your hearts. 😘

Dec 12, 2021 06:50 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! She was an amazing woman that touched the hearts of many, many people.  We will all miss her enthusiasm and love of life. Thank you so much for your sweet kindness.

Dec 12, 2021 08:47 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Thank you Roy Kelley :)

Dec 12, 2021 08:47 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS I am doing fine and we have our 'moments'.  She spent her last Christmas with us and, as we look around at all the beautiful lights and decorations we know how much that meant to her to be here last year. Her celebration is next Saturday at our home and we look forward to honoring her with all the many, many good memories, ots of stories and of course a glass of champagne as she would love enjoy!  Michael is doing as well as he can, all things considering and has many of us to support him.  Thank you!  I'll share more of the awesome photos of Deborah....and you'll see the sparkle in her eyes......and know she's in a good place.

Dec 12, 2021 08:53 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a beautiful friend you are, Anna. I know how tough this is on everyone and I love that you are seeing to it that she is having one, amazingly special celebration of her wonderful life. 

Dec 12, 2021 09:15 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS we are having fun planning what Deborah would like and appreciate! Focusing on her make it all the better!

Dec 13, 2021 09:14 AM