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  • In Loving Memory of Patti Shaffer


    Patti ShafferPatti Shaffer, aka “Mrs. P”, passed away on Easter Sunday after her battle with cancer.

    She was my friend, and I loved her dearly.

    I met Patti back when I first started blogging on LiveJournal, in 2003. She found me through a fellow artist, Carrie Hawks. I adored her at once.

    Patti was my first official “fan” – she supported my work, encouraged my art and bought everything I created that she could afford. She became a trusted and loyal friend during my husband’s deployment to Iraq. We spent hours on the phone together talking about any and every topic that came up. I painted for her, we shared stories and a love for animals and nature. She and I clicked, and she had a special place in my heart.

    Patti gave her time and heart to all animals; her passion evident in the time she poured into Cats Are People Too. She wrote to me and shared photos of cats that she rescued and could not bear to part with. I remember Emvie, an adorable little kitten who was thrown out of a moving vehicle and left for dead. She was trying to choose a name, and I thought “moving violation” – and MV – Emvie, was named. Through Patti, I donated paintings to help CAPT in their fundraising efforts.

    Patti ran and maintained their website – and set up a donation page through Please, if you’re inclined, send them a donation so they can continue their rescue work.

    When her husband called yesterday with the sad news, my heart just broke. For her family, for her friends, for those cherished animals that she rescued, adored and nurtured back to health – my thoughts and prayers are with everyone whose life Patti touched with her incredibly giving, loving spirit.

    Patti impacted my life in a profound way, and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to know her and call her my friend.

    May she rest in peace.


    Pam said,

    Oh, Leanne. I’m so sorry for your loss. Patti was obviously one of the good peeps and our world will be somehow less without her here. Prayers for her friends and family going out.


    4.14.2009 @ 9:24 am
    Leanne said,

    Thanks, Pam. I wish I could go collect all of the animals she cared for and bring them home with me! Something tells me I’d be way over limit and quickly called out by our Animal Control officer!

    4.14.2009 @ 9:33 am
    Karen said,

    It’s always sad when someone we love passes away but I feel it’s even more of a loss when that person was one of the “GOOD” ones. I know I can count on one hand the “GOOD” ones in my life. They are unique and very special. People often come and go in our life with little impact…but I see that Patti was one of the ‘rare’ ones. Leanne, I am so very sorry. It does make me smile to know all the animals in heaven will have another angel to be with them.

    4.14.2009 @ 12:03 pm
    Sue said,

    Leanne, It sure sounds like you lost one special friend and that you were both very lucky to have found each other! It doesn’t get any better than that. I am so sorry that you had to lose her. Its not everyone that can say the world was a better place because they were in it!



    4.14.2009 @ 1:42 pm
    Jake said,

    Beautiful words Leanne. Sounds like they were for a truly beautiful person. I’m thinking of you…

    4.14.2009 @ 9:07 pm
    Marcia said,

    Perfect memorial to a beautiful person, Leanne. It is obvious you feel blessed to have shared friendship with her, and I am sure she felt the same for you.

    So grateful you shared beautiful Patti Shaffer with us.

    And so sorry you lost your friend.

    4.15.2009 @ 9:54 am

    I am very sorry for your loss, she sounds like a very special person and our world certainly needs more people like her~
    Prayers go out for her family and friends

    4.15.2009 @ 11:28 am

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