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MistyMeadows
Payneville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2008
2:47 PM

Post #4918920

I didn't know Carol like most, I loved her pictures of Alaska and "spoke" with her a few times on DG; but with her passing I've been reading many of her posts and posts from others that loved her so much. Carol joined DG on March 29, 2002 and contributed far more than she probably ever knew. She was there to answer questions and really put a perspective on life and love. Some things I found out about Carol:

She really loved her family and friends.
She really loved her wrinklies, as she called her puppies.
She really loved reading, and her garden, and Alaska.
She really loved hunting, and fishing, and camping and just really communing with nature.
She was an exceptionally intelligent person.
She believed that her higher power was here on Earth and we should live for that power now! Live life to the fullest and make the most out of every moment...don't waste any of them; she didn't.

She really loved life!

Carol was not that old, but how can life be measured? Is it measured by how long our feet stand on this soil or is it measured by how much we have done while here? I believe it is the latter and Carol took full advantage of that philosophy.

She took on her illness with a strength and dignity that I could only hope I would have if given the same circumstances.

Carol Eve Eads was born September 9, 1947. She passed away on May 5, 2008 at the home of her sister Ava Eads in Seward, Alaska, after a courageous battle with terminal brain cancer.

Carolís Journey, a 27 thread segment on Parking Lot Forum in Daveís Garden: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/841051/
is a tribute to her intelligence, her knowledge, her love for all nature has to offer, as well as her willingness to share all of that with others. She started the first thread in October, http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/779992/ after receiving her diagnosis, as a way of saying Goodbye to all of her DG friends. Instead of saying goodbye, she gained more friends who continued to climb her mountain right beside her.

Along with all the friends she met on Daveís Garden, she is survived by her sister, Ava, who cared for her unconditionally during her illness; her father John Calvin Eads; her son John Calvin Wood, her brother John Charles Eads, all of Seward, Alaska; her daughter Tonya Victoria Bass and grandsons Travis, Trevor, Timmy and Taylor of Wasilla, Alaska; her only niece Deanne Moore of Kenai, Alaska and her significant other of 20 years, Sammy Goodwin of Seward.

Carolís favorite color was blue, and if you were fortunate enough to receive seeds from her, you will find that most of her flowers were shades of blue. Her favorite times of year were spring for composting and planting, and fall for the annual family bird hunting, trout fishing and berry picking trip. She was an avid reader on topics from nature to history to art to poetry to philosophy. She absorbed everything she read and shared it with those of us who loved her.

Carolís joy in living, her love of nature, her inspiration changed those of us whose lives she touched. The lessons she taught us are invaluable, and she will be missed by all of us.

Our lives are all much better for having had Carol cross our path in life. May her family and friends find peace in the every days of life and the beauty of nature around us. I feel that Carol would be proud to think she had a great part in that understanding.

Kathy

Here is a very recent picture with her family. Carol is leaning over her Dad.




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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #4919338

You will always be in our hearts, Carol...what a great legacy you gave us.
Sharon
flowerhead410
Nelson, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2008
4:24 PM

Post #4919351

What more could be said. Love to Our dear Carol.
Equilibrium

May 7, 2008
5:10 PM

Post #4919549

Carol's contributions to DG will be sorely missed by me. I'll be thinking of her everytime I call out "here kitty kitty" to my chicken but I'll also be thinking of Ava back in Alaska and Sharran here at DG everytime I see that patch of flowers underneath Carol's user name. You two women are equally as remarkable as Carol.
avaeads
Seward, AK
(Zone 7b)

May 7, 2008
8:11 PM

Post #4920349

I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in putting this beautiful tribute to my sister together. I can feel her standing behind me, looking over my shoulder, and reading these wonderful words right along with me. She loves you all, and so do I.

Ava Eads

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MistyMeadows
Payneville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #4920374

And Ava, perhaps I should have put a slight tad radical? Look at her in her Kid Rock shirt!!! LOL What a great picture of the two of you and she WILL always be with you and here at DG.

Kathy
starlight1153
Seale, AL
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2008
12:13 AM

Post #4921395

Hugs for ya Carol and for you to Ava!!!!!

Carol.. my friend... You have left the physically world, but are in my heart and in my yard. Thank you for the gift of friendship and I humbly thankyou for allowing me to travel with you on this journey. Know that you were and are and will be forever so loved .
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2008
1:03 AM

Post #4921618

'Her Oddness' will live here and in our Hearts forever.

The Strength to face Life so unflinchingly...
Her Joy in the tiniest bit of Nature... even the Ugly Bits...
That's what I'll always remember.

Every time I skritch our Pei ... how can I not think of you Carol.

Peace to You,
Ric

gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2008
1:54 AM

Post #4921859

{{{HUGS}}} to Carol's family

Nancy
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 8, 2008
1:39 PM

Post #4923418

The angels sing praise with the acceptance of each new soul.

Paraphrased from some religious text that I don't remember now, but I think it applies here too. We all know Carol has gone to a better place, whatever that may be. And the "angels"? They are here as well as there.
Soulja
Louisville, KY

May 8, 2008
2:24 PM

Post #4923593

Many more wheelbarrows of Love for our dear Ava
and for all my friends on Carol's Journey.

What a moving tribute MistyMeadows.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2008
3:39 PM

Post #4923996

Although I never communicated directly with Carol and never really "knew" her, through the web of life, mine has been overwhelmingly touched and inspired by her incredible and wonderfully Odd spirit. The network of love and unity that has poured from the Carol's Journey threads, and transcended the barriers of differences in belief or opinion, has been one of the most uplifting things I've witnessed, and truly felt.

Through a network of seed swapping, I have orchid blue hardy geraniums started from Carol's garden. The last couple of days when I've gone to tend them, a soft, but robust chuckle seems to echo in the back of my head...

The love and care I give to those seedlings is my focus to send that Love to Carol on her continued Journey and to all of you who've been on it with her.
Neal

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #4931244

What a wonderful spirit...What an incredible Lady!!...We learned so much from you, Carol... May we meet again... Deb
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

May 10, 2008
5:07 PM

Post #4933068

Carol, you are sorely and surely missed ;-(
Soulja
Louisville, KY

May 10, 2008
5:47 PM

Post #4933180

Everyone don't forget to visit Carol's website, always evolving:

www.ceadsalaska.webs.com
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2008
4:34 AM

Post #4943890

Though I only knew Carol through this site, I was touched, as were many others, by her unabashed love for life. She impacted so many in her time here. Exciting travels on this next part of your journey, Carol.

Kathy
dryad57
Scottsburg, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2008
2:48 PM

Post #4945014

I've been waiting to post because I was having a hard time thinking of what to say - but then it dawned on me that what I really want to say is that I shall cherish the friends I've made because of Carol, and will always remember her and the things she taught me without realizing she was teaching: patience, honesty, fortitude, persistence, humor, curiosity, tolerance, and the ability to trust my instincts in my own garden :) I feel truly blessed to have been able to join her for even a small part of her Journey through life.

Ava, I'm also grateful to have met you, even though we both would have wished for different circumstances. It's a true honor to know any of the Eads clan. I mourn her passing, yet relish the thought that she may visit my garden. I think of her now, along with my beloved parents, when I see the butterflies stop by, or hear the gold finches as they swoop around.

And, like Neal, I seem to only be able to smile whenever I see the plants that have sprung from the seeds I was fortunate enough to get from Carol's garden. I swear they are chuckling too :)
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 14, 2008
11:01 PM

Post #4951777

I loved following some of her threads...what a sense of humor!! Peace! Jo
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2008
12:34 AM

Post #4990230

I have just now read of the end of Carol's journey. My heart goes out to the family - I am sending good thoughts to all of you.
Ponditis
Payette, ID
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2008
9:22 PM

Post #5011401

She embraced life to the fullest and honored our earth with her gardening. She challenged us to think outside the box on many topics yet with a sense of humor and curiosity that was wonderful. She will be missed.

Hugs to friends and family,
Lani
avaeads
Seward, AK
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2008
12:40 AM

Post #5175072

Here is the beautiful memory garden that our good friend Sharon traveled all the way from
Kentucky to build for our Carol. Luv you sis. Thank you so much Sharon.

Love, Ava

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2008
1:25 AM

Post #5175252

From my heart, Ava, always with love.

Carol's apple tree in blossom...

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Soulja
Louisville, KY

June 29, 2008
1:34 AM

Post #5175314

Carol's Army, Shar & Ava, on the evening of the celebration party they held for Carol on June 21st.

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2008
5:31 AM

Post #5528107

Thinking of Carol, family and friends on her birthday.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 9, 2008
1:43 PM

Post #5528764

It seems we have so many of our friends that have gone on to have had Birthdays in September...or as I like to call us..."Sweet Virgos". Jo
MistyMeadows
Payneville, KY
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2008
3:58 PM

Post #5529363

Some of us are "Sweet Libras". I leave for Honduras on my birthday. I'm hoping that Carol's family is finding peace and solice today, as anniversaries can be hard. Many hugs,
Kathy
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2008
4:13 PM

Post #5529438

We are all thinking of you on your birthday, Carol. You are never far from our hearts, and always in our gardens.
With love to you, Ava and Mac.
Sharon

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avaeads
Seward, AK
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2008
5:28 AM

Post #5532564

Happy Birthday sis. I love you. Give mom a hug for me. See you around the corner.
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2009
6:56 AM

Post #6506071

It's been a year now, but seems sometimes like only yesterday. We're still together all of us, still traveling along on the Journey Carol drew us into. Lots of life long friendships started there, and continue even now.

Carol has her Sammy with her now, and I hope their journey is together as it was here.

Miss you, Carol...you are ever in our hearts.
And your Himalayan poppies are springing right back up for us!!!

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Soulja
Louisville, KY

May 5, 2009
7:02 AM

Post #6506080

I echo Sharran, We love & miss you Carol.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 5, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6506542

Recipe for a Memorial

a pinch of Carol
a dash of Soil
a splash of Water
and a Seed
mix well and let rest in a warm place.
avaeads
Seward, AK
(Zone 7b)

May 5, 2009
6:48 PM

Post #6508241

And speaking of which...

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #6508332

And so it continues to grow...Thank you for tending our garden, Ava. I know Carol would love it.
Lotusblossom
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
7:51 PM

Post #6513462

Carol was an amazing woman...wise, loving, full of life, and who knew how to live life and enjoy it. She was highly intelligent and loved learning everything about whatever she could. Whatever she did, she threw herself into it with everything in her.

I reread the threads that were prior to her passing and each time I go thru them I am touched by her posts. She is greatly missed and she made her world and everyone in it a better place.

Cathy
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2009
12:25 AM

Post #6514483

Closest I could get to your little grosbeaks, Carol...
But this one visited me. Ava says it is a rose chested grosbeak. Guess it stopped by in migration.

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jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

May 7, 2009
1:58 PM

Post #6516673

Thinking of Carol and our group. Peace to you all!!!
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 30, 2009
3:55 AM

Post #6757012

Just thinking about you tonight, Carol.
It's been a long year, but I wish you were here to enjoy the flowers with us.

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2010
12:13 AM

Post #7765456

It's been two years, hard to believe.

We will always miss Carol, and we'll always remember.

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MistyMeadows
Payneville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2010
12:35 PM

Post #7766835

It is hard to believe... 2 years.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 5, 2010
5:39 PM

Post #7767612

Thanks to the special KA Compost
a bit of Carol resides in our Garden and always will.
Each season shows a memory...

She did and does tend to bring out the best.
Ric

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