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Over the Rainbow
Remembering Our GP Members
Who Have Joined Their Children in Heaven


"Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief."

Albert Camus

We honor the memory of our departed friends from Grieving Parents and thank them for sharing their love, support, compassion and memories.

Taffy Todd
Died: April 28, 2009

Mother of Frederic Stuart de Peyster Todd (18)

Mother of Jill Elizabeth Bereza Riley (37)

Taffy joined GP on January 18, 2001, so she was with us for a long time. She had been our newsletter editor for a while, and she was very active for a while, writing and sharing in the group.

Taffy left the group less than a year ago, because her health problems got so bad she could not keep up. (She remained in the Parents Forever group, however, since it has less mail to contend with, and she participated in our daily trivia competition 12 times this month - usually having one of the highest scores, so she was mentally alert and giving us a run.

Cathy Wood
Died: February 2009

Mother of Jacob Andrew Rex Sluder

Cathy joined GP after her son Jacob died of an accidental
gunshot to the head on January 15, 2007.

Linda Ibarra
Died: 29 November 2005
Ocala, Florida

Mother of Michael "Mikey" Spencer Wiltsie
18 September 1987 – 5 February 2000
Mother of Lorenzo Ibarra
Died: 29 November 2005

Linda once told us, "God does not want us to live with hatred in our hearts ~ that would take away all the time I have for the wonderful memories of Mikey to be in my heart."

Linda Ibarra was a long-time member of our Grieving Parents group. Her son “Mikey” Michael Spencer Wiltsie, died February 5, 2000 when he was crushed to death by a camp counselor who was responsible for restraining him. For years Linda fought to find justice for her son.  

On June 16, 2000 she joined GP and had remained a member ever since. Tuesday, November 29th, 2005, Linda and her 7 year old son, Lorenzo were found dead by her 16 year old son, Brian. Autopsy results are pending.

Many of us remember Linda for her deep love of her children, her sincere compassion for other bereaved parents, and her willingness to be both open and helpful. It is difficult to understand her death but what remains are our memories of the Linda we knew in GP. We will be diminished by her loss and she will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out especially to Brian as well as to Linda’s mother and other family members.

Sally Gilbert
Warrington, Pennsylvania
Died: 2004

Mother of Steven M. Boyd
10 January 1979 - 20 April 2003

Sally joined GP in 2003 after her 24 year old son, Steven, died from an accidental overdose.

Kathy Voelker
8 December 1947 - 29 January 2004
Denton, Texas

Mother of Scott Russell Voelker
22 July 1979 - 6 March 2002

Kathy joined GP in 2003 after her 22 year old son died in a car accident.

Carla Hunt
Died:  17 Dec 2003
Joplin, Missouri

Mother of Rea Nicole Kesinger
23 May 1980 - 11 March 1999

Carla joined GP in 2002. Her 18 year old daughter, Rea, died from a gunshot wound.

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