Friends, Ol’ Robbo confirmed this afternoon that long-time friend of the decanter Diane, aka Quilt Babe, posting her own material over at Ginosko, passed away some time toward the end of May.

She’d been posting fairly sparingly on her own blog for a while, but commenting here now and again and was pretty active over on FB.  A few weeks back, noticing that she seemed to have vanished there, too, I sent her a message, but never heard back.  Today I hunted up her home FB page and learned the news via comments posted by other friends.  So far as I can gather, there were no warning signs.  She last reported going into hospital for some surgery and then…..nothing.

I’m late coming to this news simply because one somehow never actually expects this sort of thing to happen.

Sigh.

Diane and I became blog friends way back in the Llama days, as I recall, and she was one of the stalwarts who stuck with Ol’ Robbo when he set up on his own here.  Her online comments were always wise and entertaining, and she and I had a number of behind the scenes discussions which brought me great comfort with their compassion and insight, she being a religious lady of some considerable depth.  I never got the chance to meet her in person, and I regret it all the more now.

Diane lived alone, having neither husband nor children, but I know she had a very close network of family and friends who loved her dearly.  She will be missed by many, including me.

Requiescat in pace.