A Tribute to a Dear Friend

Every so often a person comes along that deeply touches our lives. Glenda Kinard was that and more. An avid reader, she was a devoted follower on P&P who always chose to see the bright side of things even after she almost died in a horrible car wreck a few years ago. She spent months in surgeries and rehab and escaping into books helped her deal with the constant pain.

Glenda was a dear friend to us Fillies and to me in particular. She was always quick to comment on whatever the subject was on P&P. She loved learning and told me often that she’d learned more through blog posts than she ever had in school. A real treat came for me when I was able to meet her in person in Atlanta at a Romantic Times book convention in 2017. I dearly enjoyed spending time with her, her girls, and cousin. In fact, that was the highlight of my trip. I saw her enthusiasm and passion and knew I’d found a kindred spirit.

A Southern lady to the max, she had a sweet, awesome spirit and was so appreciative of everything anyone did for her. I will deeply miss her. In fact, I’m not sure how I’ll fill the hole she left behind. 

Rest well, my precious friend. You’re with the angels and your beloved daddy now.  You are loved.

 

                   

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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!
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28 thoughts on “A Tribute to a Dear Friend”

  1. I enjoyed talking to her a few times. Southern to the max is a true statement and she was proud of her southern roots. To those of you who knew her well, what a treasure you had in her friendship. A light to those around her.

  2. Linda, my dear friend, what a lovely tribute to someone you treasured. I’ve had the joy of meeting a few people like Glenda, and your description of her strikes me as right on. It also reminds me of you. Love you.

  3. Thank you for this Linda. I’m still in shock and can’t wrap my head around it. I expected her daily good morning yesterday and didn’t receive it. Then I had messages from her family to call them. I just couldn’t believe the news they gave me.
    She and I were best friends, talked daily or at least every other day.
    She was just the sweet person with a huge heart. She will be missed and will be forever in my heart.
    Love you Glenda, go rest high on that mountain with your Daddy and Jesus. Until we meet on the other side.. I’ll try to live my life with you always near me and in my heart.
    We three Amigos are only two now, but you’ll be in Steph’s and my conversations always.

  4. Sadly, I didn’t know Glenda, personally, only as a reader. I will always be grateful to her for taking the time to read my books and post lovely messages to me. Though we never met, she touched my life as she touched the lives of so many others.

    Thank you, Linda, for posting this tribute. God bless her family and friends during this very difficult time.

  5. Thank you for this beautifully written tribute, Linda. Glenda was first a reader and then a dear friend to me. I wish I’d met her in person, but we chatted online often, shared photos and stories, and became friends across the miles. Her passing is a shock and leaves a big hole in my heart. But I’m so happy she can be with Jesus and her dad, whom she loved and missed so much. Always in our hearts, you will be greatly missed Glenda. <3

  6. Glenda’s passing has rocked all of us at Petticoats & Pistols. It seems she was as much a part of this blog site as we are. Such a kind and gentle person. She will be missed.

    May she rest in peace.

  7. I’m so sorry for you and all who knew and loved her. I’ve seen her death mentioned in several places today so I know she was a very special person! Prayers for all!

  8. Linda, I am so sorry you lost such a good P & P friend. I remember reading her post comments. P & P is its own special kind of family. We may not meet each other in person, but we get to know and appreciate each other on line. You were lucky to have been able to meet each other in person. I hope her loss for you and her family will be softened by the good memories held in your hearts.

  9. I’m in shock. What a wonderful woman she was – I can’t imagine what her family is going through. Will keep them in my thoughts and prayers, and you too, Linda. What a tragic loss for everyone.

  10. Linda, what a lovely, heartfelt tribute! I wish I’d had the opportunity to meet Glenda–we’d talked on FB messenger and so on, off and on, and I was always so happy to see her comments here at P&P. She will be sorely missed by so many. Thinking of you, Linda, and her family and other friends she’s left behind, as well. My deepest sympathies to everyone whose life she touched. She was such a genuinely good person.

  11. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady. I didn’t talk to her often, but I loved her spirit and passion for reading. She will be missed by a lot of people. Prayers and hugs to those that knew her best, talked to her all the time. She is now free of all pain and with her daddy and Jesus.

  12. I, too, feel a great loss with Glenda’s untimely death. We were great friends, and I also met her in Atlanta at the R.T. conference. In fact, she came to my room and helped me dress for a special historical romance event because my dress buttoned up the back. If readers will go to my Rosanne Bittner Author page on Facebook, I’m posting pictures. We had so much fun at that conference, and I got to meet Glenda’s dear cousin Ruth and Glenda’s daughters. Glenda was a terrific supporter of my writing and usually bought several of my books just to hand them out to friends and relatives. She always left wonderful messages on Amazon, and we spoke and e-mailed and wrote each other often. I was shocked at hearing she’d died at only 57 years old. This is such a sad loss, but I know Glenda is in heaven with her “Daddy” and that she’s watching over her loved ones. Rosanne Bittner

  13. I’ve typed this out several times today and lost it before hitting enter-wifi issues…

    I’m still in shock and/or denial that this is even real. This is a beautiful tribute for a Wonderful lady and friend that will be truly missed. It is hard to believe she won’t be here for our daily messenger feed between she, Tonya and I that we called The Three Amigos. My heart is broken for her children, her husband and those two grandsons that won’t remember their grandmother and how much she adored them. I don’t even have the words yet to express how I feel and how much this wonderful lady will be missed. Don’t waste a moment in life, tell those you love them because you never know when it will be too late.

  14. Thank you Linda for this beautiful tribute to our sweet wonderful Glenda Young-Kinard! She loved you dearly and we spoke of getting to meet you in Atlanta and what a wonderful time we had lunching with you and sitting around the table that night with you, Rosanne, Jan, Amanda and Elisabeth! It was an amazing time!

    Thanks to everyone else’s comments!! And so much for the prayers! And love!

    She really was an avid reader and cherished her books but most of all she cherished the love and friendship she received from all of her friends!! Love and hugs to you!???

  15. Thank you Linda for this beautiful tribute to our sweet wonderful Glenda Young-Kinard! She loved you dearly and we spoke of getting to meet you in Atlanta and what a wonderful time we had lunching with you and sitting around the table that night with you, Rosanne, Jan, Amanda and Elisabeth! It was an amazing time!

    Thanks to everyone else’s comments!! And so much for the prayers! And love!

    She really was an avid reader and cherished her books but most of all she cherished the love and friendship she received from all of her friends!! Love and hugs to you!???

  16. I am sorry for the loss of your friend. We really meet some wonderful people in Romance Land, don’t we? I am glad that I have met you, even if it isn’t in person yet.

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