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The Milk of Human Kindness

From Shakespeare's Macbeth, 1605:

"Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full
o' th' Milke of humane kindnesse."

6a00e54f95df9288340120a6808505970c-120wi As some of you have already learned, my beloved sister-in-law, Karol Harris, lost her battle with breast cancer last week.  You may recall our special "Think Pink" Pals Paper Arts theme last October–a tribute to both Karol's fight and so many who have been affected by this disease.

It's been a sad week, but seeing family and friends when we returned to Madison for the funeral was very healing.  Karol was the epitome of  the "milk of human kindness" . . . evidenced by the enormous turnout of family, friends and co-workers at her funeral service.  Her intelligence, wit and generosity are a model for all and will be greatly missed.  

Karol's daughter (my niece, Kris Kilcoyne, Kween Bee Kreations) and I have received an outpouring of condolences and kindness from fellow stampers. I'm so very grateful.  I wanted to share the beautiful handmade cards I have received.   It's times like this that we can all see how powerful our passion for stamping and paper crafting can be.


By:  Regina "The Stampin' Bean" Mangum


By:  Melissa "Stampin' Fabulous" Young


From the Southwest Stampers demonstrator group


By:  Sandy Grupka


By:  Kim "Stamp, Scrap and Get Kreative" Lampone


By:  Donna Appelquist


By: Kadie Labadie


53 thoughts on “The Milk of Human Kindness”

  1. Mary I am so sorry for your loss. This is the first I’ve heard of it. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time. I wish I had your address I certainly would send you a card!!!

  2. May GOD’s blessings, mercy, and peace wash over you and all of your loved ones during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  3. Mary, so sorry for your loss. Cancer is a horrible disease. Lost my Mom to cancer almost three years ago.

  4. Mary, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers, that God will bring you comfort and peace in what I’m sure is a very difficult time. Thank you for sharing your beautiful sister-in law with us. I am sure she was an amazing woman who impacted the lives of many.

  5. Oh Mary, so sorry to hear about Kris’s Mom. I so remember the “think pink”, and all the gorgeous cards that were made. Ah..gosh…my heart goes out to you all. Thanx for sharing. xoxo..Gina

  6. Mary, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like Karol was a courageous fighter. My prayers are with you and your family.

  7. I pray you and Karol’s family are all comforted by God during this tough time. I’ve lost several friends and family members over the past 18 months to cancer and it is always devastating. God is good and He is near.

  8. Sorry to hear about your sister in law. I know all to well the effects this disease has on a person and their family. Prayers to the whole family! Oh, and very beautiful cards for a very important time.

  9. Dear Mary: I am so very sorry for the loss of your sister in law. I just want you to know you and all your family are in our prayers.

  10. Mary, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Sister-in-law, Karol. Thank you for sharing your memories of her. She sounds like someone I would have loved to call friend. I lost a grandmother to breast cancer and one of my sister’s is a breast cancer survivor so I am very familiar with the devastation of this disease. I’m praying for God’s peace and comfort for you and your family.

  11. I am very sorry for your loss. I’ve been following both blogs for awhile and was aware of her illness. Prayers go out to you, Kris and family.

  12. So sorry I did not know of your loss. I noticed something about many of the photos you shared of the condolence cards you received – how many of them used retired sets. It’s interesting how when we are at a loss what to say or do, we revert back to some of our long-time comfortable and favorite images to share. I find myself doing the same thing.

  13. So sorry to hear of your loss. My aunt fought a similar battle with breast cancer over twenty years ago and is one of reason I decided to become a scientist and study cancer research. I just wish the cure or better treatments for each type of cancer would be easier to figure out. My thoughts and prayers are with your and you family.

  14. Mary,
    It’s obvious how much Karol meant to you as a sister-in-law, and that is quite a tribute to her in itself. I’m so sorry to learn of her passing as I prayed she had it conquered. Have been remiss on keeping current with blog reading. I’ll keep you, Kris and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Keep the memories to help you through this difficult time!

  15. So sorry for your loss….her picture just radiates kindness and warmth and I can see why she was so loved. May the comfort of family and friends lift your spirits during this difficult time (((hugs))).

  16. Mary, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you and your family are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you

  17. May the healing continue for all of you Mary. Looking at the picture of Karol, I could definitely recognize some of her beautiful features in Kris. Love and prayers to all of you.

  18. I’m very sorry to hear about Karol — I’ve been delinquent with my blogs so I was out of touch. Karol sounded like a very special and beloved person and I’m sure she’ll be missed. My condolences to you and to Kris and to your families! The RAK cards you received are beautiful!

  19. Mary, I add my prayers to those of your MANY internet friends. I am asking the Lord Jesus Christ to surround you and your extended family with a very REAL sense of His presence and love, where comfort resides.

  20. You have not only thoughtful stamping friends, but talented ones as well. How comforting to receive such lovely cards.

  21. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of you sister-in-law. I loss a cousing last month after a long struggle with cancer. May God be with you to comfort you and your family at this time of grief. LOL

  22. I am so sorry for your loss. I too have lost Mother and Sister to this terrible cancer……..so with understanding I wish you well………pat

  23. Mary, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your sister. The Lord bless and keep you and your family at this very painful time.

  24. Sending you and your family prayers and sympathy. Your sister-in-law sounds like an amazing person and you have all been blessed to have had her in your lives. God bless you all.

  25. Oh, Mary! The loss of a loved one is so hard. My heart and prayers go out to you for comfort during this time. Be very good to yourself, and to your husband. Let people “do” for you. Grief is exhausting, and you need to rest more than you realize. Many, many blessings.

  26. Absolutely beautiful cards, Mary.

    Each day that passes brings the reality of my Mom being gone to a head.

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute to my Mom and best friend.

  27. Mary,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to show us your cards during this time. You are so right that the friends we make can make even a time of loss and suffering so much better. These are some of the most beautiful sympathy cards that I have ever seen. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. Mary,
    I am so sorry for your loss! You and Kris are in my thoughts and prayers! Those cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  29. My heart goes out to you and your family. May God wrap his arms around all of you to help you through this difficult time.

    All of these cards are beautiful!!!! Great creations from all of these thoughtful stampers.
    Thanks so much for sharing!


  30. Mary, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister-in-law. From the wonderful smile on her face in the picture you posted, she looks like she was an amazing woman. God bless your family during this time.


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