Ethelda Christina (Schmid) Kienholz

Aug 6, 1922 – Dec 2, 2008

She died, ~ this was the way she died;
And when her breath was done,
Took up her simple wardrobe
And started for the sun.

Her little figure at the gate
The angels must have spied,
Since I could never find her
Upon the mortal side.

– Emily Dickinson

15 Comments »

  1. bikemonkey said

    condolences, my friend. my thoughts are with you.

  2. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    – from an Irish headstone

  3. Odyssey said

    My condolences also.

  4. whimple said

    Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep.

  5. drdrA said

    Goodness- I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

  6. Sorry, dude.

  7. BB said

    What whimple said.

    May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion (traditional Jewish prayer to the bereaved).

  8. iGrrrl said

    There’s a people-shaped hole in the world, full of memory.

    My thoughts with you.

  9. RGP said

    I’m so sorry for your loss — thinking of you.

  10. writedit said

    Thank you, thank you, thank you all. You cannot imagine how much this outpouring of affection and support means to me at a time like this.

    Although this is incredibly hard for me, my siblings, and their dozens of next-generation Thel gene-carrying progeny, we are comforted in the knowledge that death had the courtesy of taking her instantly, without time for fear, and without pain in the warm comfort of her apartment just days after a fun and loving Thanksgiving with us. In one of my favorite quotes on the matter, mom would fall in the second category:

    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, beer in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and shouting, What a ride!”

    Talk about a great mentor.

    Coincidentally, I’m checking in briefly at a Panera across the street from the Regional Cancer Center. Mom’s the star up there winking at me.

  11. Marilyn Mann said

    I’m so sorry. My thoughts are with you.

  12. writedit said

    A life distilled (not by writedit) … one interesting factoid not mentioned that was a revelation to me: She went to nursing school because she really wanted to be an airline stewardess, and they were required to be RNs back then. Of course, no sooner did she start when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

    Also, she was named after Ethelda Bleibtrey … or I should say renamed, as her hospital birth certificate originally read, “Thelma Louise Schmid”.

  13. Neuro-conservative said

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. RGP said

    I looked at the “life distilled” link…her face was very kind.

  15. TeaHag said

    I am so sorry for your loss… based on the smile from her picture she must indeed have been that twinkly star you saw.

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