Rest In Peace, Kathy ♥


When I began blogging years ago, as anyone who’s been blogging for awhile, you know, we meet fellow bloggers and connect.  We connect through our blogs even if sometimes  our chosen subjects aren’t always relevant to the other person’s lives.  But we read each other’s blogs with enthusiasm to show support and to keep that good spiritual connection with our blogger friends.

Such was how I met Kathy Funkhouser and her blog IB Designs, USA so many years ago.  I’m not really into nautical flags so much, but I loved her enthusiasm for fishing, photography, her flag business and her sweet spirit.  We connected.

In fact, she used to make a ♥ at the end of her comments as we grew our friendship and it is because of her sharing how to make a ♥ (by the way, it’s by hitting ALT and number 3 and holding them down together) that our friendship bloomed even brighter.  To this day, when I make a ♥ anytime, I think of her.  Really, I do!

So imagine my sadness when I read on her FB personal page which hasn’t shown any posts for a long time, that she had passed away.  She had stopped writing on her blog for awhile, but many of us had no idea how sick she was.  Although we never met in person, we commented a lot on each other’s blog pages and grew a friendship from faraway.

I have a heavy heart today as we found out through her business partner Craig that she had passed away in March.  I know some of you may remember Kathy so I wanted to let you know in case you knew her.

Thank you Kathy for teaching me how to lead with my ♥ in blogging connections.  You were a really special person and I am honored to have called you my friend.  God Bless.  We can still feel your heartlight shining!

Shine On!


If you ever need signal flags, banners with a personal touch, nautical flags, etc, here is her website.  I am not sure if the business will continue, but it’s worth the click to see the IB DESIGNS, USA website!




28 thoughts on “Rest In Peace, Kathy ♥

    • Me too and I’m so glad we have each other since she was a special lady and a good friend from long ago. It’s funny how our friendships develop over time in blogging. I’m blessed to be your friend xo

  1. It is very sad when we understand that silence Yvonne. After such a long time together on here it does leave a hollow as our hearts try to come to terms with that loss ❤
    Big hugs kind lady, and she is in a very beautiful place ❤

  2. I have blogging friends who I feel closer to than folks I see every day.
    I get it. I’ve instructed my daughter that someday when my number is up to post it to let those who might care, know. May her memory be eternal £

    • I agree Ray! I think that’s a great idea to have Jelly (?) do that, but I hope it’s a long, long time from now. But yes, I should tell my sons the same as I would want my blogging friends to know as well. I think it’s all about that connection that we enjoy.
      Her memory is eternal in each ♥ I type! LOL

      • Yes, it is Elissa/Jelly that has been given the awesome responsibility 😊. Be sure your sons have the access info to get on to WP.

        35+ years in funeral service has taught me that death has a way of sneaking up on you. Not that I’m in any rush, but we never know when the next thing we know will be the last thing we know. Cheery thought, huh?

  3. We are on the three day drive home from Florida. We stopped for the night at a hotel and opposite it there is a cemetery. There must have been a decoration day recently because all the graves had flowers on them. I looked at them and I thought :” It all ends here. So I had better enjoy the day and the blue sky and be grateful.” I’m sorry to hear about your blogger friend but you have given her a lovely tribute with this post. RIP Kathy.

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