17 thoughts on “Prayers for Gertie

  1. Holly, I knew your dad when he moved to Mexico. At the time he was planning a radio show for PBS called “From the Lighthouse” and he had constructed a lighthouse on his property across the lake from me. I could see its light from my house. I still have a “Glenn Yarbrough” folder in my files with copy for the show and lyrics I had written that he was going to sing. Unfortunately, he had the operation on his throat at that point, which ruined his voice. The only performance I ever heard him make lakeside was one in which he spoke the lyrics.

    It was such a thrill to meet him as he was my favorite during my college years. I still have all of his albums and in the past, had committed all the lyrics to memory. Once, when he was at my house, we were singing “Down in the Jungle” and I had to remind him of the lyrics! He also made me raise my speakers which he said were too low down to provide adequate sound (ha) and gave me the CD that you and he made together. He was so proud of you, Holly, which I am sure you know, but it never hurts to be reminded of this.

    I never communicated with him after he moved to live with you, but I still have fond memories of meeting one of the idols of my college years. Life holds many wonderful surprises and your dad was one of mine.

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  2. Holly, I hope you will write a book about your amazing Dad. I found an article about the greatness of Glenn Yarbrough which people may not have known about: “By the late 1960s, Mr. Yarbrough had sold his Rolls-Royce, his Porsche, his Bentley, and his two Ferraris along with, Lamb reported, his house in New Zealand, his banana plantation in Jamaica, and an apartment building he owned in Beverly Hills, Calif. With the proceeds, he established a school for disadvantaged children, most of them African-American, in the mountains outside Los Angeles.”
    By Margalit Fox NEW YORK TIMES August 17, 2016

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  3. Our family pets are so precious. My heart aches for Gertie and you, and you can rest assured my prayers are lifting you up as you grieve still again. I know, as the others have written too, that Glenn will sing to her in heaven. What a glorious reunion. And what a sweet picture of all three of them. Thank you, Holly, for sharing with us.

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  4. Holly I pray that your days for grieving will end soon. Seems like you’ve had enough in the past few months to last a lifetime. Gertie will have such fun over the rainbow bridge and romping around with your Dad again. Blessings to you Holly.

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  5. Oh Holly, I am so sorry! Gertie was a special friend for your Dad. Bless you for taking such good care of her!!!
    Your Dad’s music was always so important to me and I will be a fan for my whole life. He performed “The Forgotten Carols” here in Portland and I was lucky enough to see that twice and buy the CD. It makes my holiday every year!!! He lives on!!!

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  6. Dear Holly,
    Know that our hearts are with you all.
    I dearly wish there was something I could do for you to take all these sorrows off your heart and your shoulders.
    Get tie certainly has a welcoming party waiting for her!
    I know they pray for you too!
    Be well my dear, we love and pray for you and your family ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  7. So sorry to hear of the loss of Gertie. Sometimes it seems that the sadness never ends. Take heart and know that the sun will shine again. My best to you and your family

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  8. Bless you, Holly. You have had a rough year. I know your Dad will sing to Gertie when she gets there. His beautiful voice will heal anything that’s broken. I wish you a big dose of happy times for the rest of this year. Thank you for all the great photos and info you have posted. It is much appreciated.

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  9. My heart goes out to you – you’ve endured so many major losses recently. May the next part of your life be filled with lightness and joy.

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  10. Your plate has certainly been full these last few months. I am (again) sorry for the loss you are experiencing; please know that you have lots of thoughts, hugs and prayers around you as you walk this difficult path. God be with you.

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  11. So sorry to hear about Gertie. A pet is family and their lost hurts just as much. I’m sure your dad will have a song to sing to her when she joins him.

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