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Friday, May 18th, 2012

Missing My Betsy

Most of you don't know me (expect for what Betsy has mentioned in posts), but my name is Joe--Betsy's long-time boyfriend. I know that she loved her Humzoo blog, and it has brought me great joy over the past few days to read her entries.

I think you all know how amazing of a person she was. She made me happy for the first time in my life. I just can't believe she's gone. The void is almost too much to bare right now.

Though it feels like little consolation, Betsy was able to save eight lives with her organs. She was very adamant about being an organ donor and I'm glad we were able to honor her wishes.

I'm planning to continue her blog for the time being. I feel it will be very therapeutic as I try to pick of the pieces of my shattered heart and soul.

I ask of you a favor, Humzoo community--please don't forget her. Please continue to post comments and stories about her. I feel it is my duty to carry on her legacy, but I can't do it alone. Can you help me in this request?

In the meantime, I will part on these words. Betsy, I love you with all of my being. God took you away too soon, but I am sooo lucky to have had you in my life for the past three years. You are the love of my life and I will cherish your memory until I can hold you again in heaven.

Joe, It's hard to know what to say.
I'm so sorry. For you. For Betsy's family. For Betsy's friends (and there must be SOOO many of them). For us, Betsy's humzoo family.

She was a positive force in this world. And God knows we need all the positive forces we can get.

She will be sorely missed.

My heart and prayers are with you and her family.
Bless you.
pegi   Friday, May 18, 2012
Oh thank you Joe for sharing this with us. Its such a sad time but you know that we all were so happy when Betsy told us your happy news. Every time I see the Rosie the Riveter picture I will smile and think of Betsy. I hope in time that the memory of the good times will bring you healing and peace.
dannie   Friday, May 18, 2012
I had to go back and check but it was 2008 when she was writing about the "midnight craper" her war on the folks letting their dogs take a dump by the door of her apartment. It was so funny yet so relateable-I knew we would be great friends if we ever met in person.
dannie   Friday, May 18, 2012
I remember that story too, Dannie--she was so funny, so full of life, I felt like I knew her in real life because of the way she wrote--honestly, with humor.

Joe, I'm so sorry for your loss. I honestly can't imagine what you are going through right now, and I wish you peace. Since we all met Betsy, you've been kind of like extended family around here--I do hope you'll stick around. Humzoo really is like family.
Jules   Friday, May 18, 2012
Joe, It doesn't seem strange at all to write you, someone I have never met, and say that we know about your love because of Betsy. She shared so much of herself. Her energy radiated through humzOo and facebook. Who knew social networking could be so emotionally powerful? Matt and I were shaken by her passing. She touched our hearts. She was energetic and so funny. Thank you for reaching out here and I look forward to reading your entries. I know you are facing so much grief. Peace to you.
Spike   Friday, May 18, 2012
Joe, I wish I could think of something comforting to say. I can't begin to comprehend the shock and sadness. I never met Betsy in person but she sounded like someone I would like. I loved her energy and humor and generous nature. I can totally see her being a donor. I still feel stunned by the news. It will be good to see you here on Humzoo. Betsy would approve, I'm sure.
LGrant   Friday, May 18, 2012
Joe Hall...Joe Hall...Joe Hall...I feel like I know you, as well, because you were an extension of Betsy. And I, too, am at a loss for words (which is quite rare for me) in her passing. There has been a void in my soul ever since Beth called me Wednesday morning. Like I told Marjie, though I never got the chance to meet her in person, I still feel as though there was an amazing connection to Betsy, first through HumzOo and then, Facebook. Plus, I know many of her Springfield friends here, as well.

My hope for you is knowing that you, too, were the love of her life, and I hope that we will get to know you even more via her blog here. I'm sure we all look forward to it. Peace to you and her family/friends. XO
Angi   Friday, May 18, 2012
Joe, I'm so glad to see you on Humzoo. I'm sure the whole Humzoo family has their arms around you because we all loved Betsy so much and we can't imagine the pain you have now in your heart. You're always welcome here and please know that we are thinking about you and wishing you healing graces and peace. It's so hard to understand why things like this happen, especially to one so vibrant as Betsy. It's so unfair. Humzoo will embrace you as we embraced Betsy. Please take good care of yourself, Joe. (I'm Dave Heinzel's mom and I've known Betsy and her family for years. We both live in the same neighborhood besides other connections.)
!   Saturday, May 19, 2012
Joe, I got the chance to have dinner with you and Betsy last year when I was in Louisville doing AP grading. My heart breaks for you. I'm glad you posted this and I hope you continue to do so. You are in my thoughts.
SallyPants   Saturday, May 19, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. But I am glad to see you here. As others have said, I feel like I know you through Betsy as well. I hope that we can give you some comfort. My thoughts are with you.
girlcarew   Monday, May 21, 2012
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