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Rest in peace, dear Carolyn

Posted By on November 12, 2018

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Running the Anne Boleyn Files has enriched my life so much and one way it has done this is through the people it has brought into my life: from authors and historians, to friends I’ve made through the tours and simply by chatting with people online.

In 2009, Carolyn Lucas came into my life. Carolyn had become interested in Anne Boleyn via her fascination with Anne’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth I. Carolyn started commenting on my articles, which was such a blessing and encouragement because I was new to my research and blogging. Since that time, she has made over 230 comments on my posts and over 600 posts on the forum. She was such an active participant in this website. She posted as Impish Impulse and Carolyn, and was always friendly and helpful, and funny too.

Carolyn also booked to come on my very first tour, the Anne Boleyn Experience, back in 2010 but events conspired against her and her mother joining us. The ash cloud of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused Carolyn’s flight from the US to be cancelled. She fought so hard to get to the UK, flying to Canada for a connecting flight there, but had to give up after spending an uncomfortable night at the airport and not being able to get any further on her journey. I was upset and she was obviously devastated. I never did meet her, but we kept in touch via Facebook and through her comments here.

Late last night, Carolyn left this world peacefully. Cancer took her away from her family and friends. She’d had it before, but it came back with a vengeance. I feel so sad, but also so grateful for having known her. She was one of the good ones, one of those people that gives so much and who is beautiful through and through. She was a huge support to me and I know she made many friends through this site, and that warms my heart. We are more than a history site, we are a community, and we’ve lost a member.

Rest in peace, dear Carolyn, and say “hello” to Anne and Elizabeth for me. You will be missed so very much. My thoughts are with all those grieving after Carolyn’s passing.

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24 thoughts on “Rest in peace, dear Carolyn”

  1. Michael Wright says:

    She sounds like she was a wonderful person. I’m sorry the two of you never met.
    R.I.P.

    1. Claire says:

      She was beautiful through and through. She hadn’t commented since mid 2016 due to her illness, but she was a regular before that, just like you, Christine, BQ and others. A courageous lady who went through so much.

      1. Dawn Pinnataro says:

        I had noticed that I wasn’t seeing any comments from her anymore and wondered what had happened. Terribly sorry to hear of her passing so quickly from cancer recurrence. May she be at peace.
        GADawn57

  2. Sheila says:

    I never knew her but I am sad at her passing away. She was part of this community.

  3. Mary Roy says:

    This is so sad to hear, and I know how you must feel.
    She will live on in the lovely memories she has left you..
    Thinking of you and her family.

  4. Ellen Habbershaw says:

    A beautiful person. RIP Carolyn <3

  5. Michelle Tercha says:

    I’m sorry about your friend. She sounds like a wonderful person. Michelle t

  6. Banditqueen says:

    Very sorry to hear about the loss of Carolyn, your dear friend and our fellow community member and you have our deepest thoughts and the love of our hearts and we hope you can also pass those to her family and friends. She will be missed. Thinking of you, her and all who knew her. Carolyn RIP YNWA

  7. So very sorry to hear this. It saddens me but I know, you a lot more. Hugs to you Claire. Wish I could there to hug you in person

  8. Charisse Lewis says:

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of Carolyn aka Impish Impluse. She will be greatly missed. XXXX

  9. Christine says:

    So very sad I lost my dear mother to this horrible disease ten years ago, and recently my cousin died of cancer just 68, her funerals next week and today I have just been ordering her flowers, my ex boss lost his youngest daughter she was only 27 and left a baby one year old and a little girl of 8, and I know of so many others who have died and are suffering from this most cruellest of illnesses, I pray one day a cure for cancer will be found and my thoughts are with Carolyn and her family and friends, and also my commiserations to you Claire as you may never have met but you enjoyed a good friendship with her.

  10. Anyanka says:

    Rest in Peace, Impish Impulse.

  11. Daniela says:

    Saddened to hear this news, may she rest with the angels in heaven. God bless, my thoughts are with all her family and friends. Hugs to you Claire.

    Love Daniela

  12. Charlene says:

    My condolences to you and to her family and other friends.

  13. Rebekah says:

    Hello Claire…
    Is there anyway to message you privately about Carolyn?

  14. Monica says:

    My sincere condolences Claire. People touch our lives for a reason. Hugs and prayers of comfort to you and her family.

  15. Tina A says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of a member of our community who it seems was so nice. How sad she never made it to the UK. My prayers are with her family.

    1. Claire says:

      Fortunately, she did make it over, just not on one of the tours and I didn’t get to meet her. Still, she did have her dream holiday.

  16. Andrea Wright says:

    Please rest well in the good company of those we followed.

  17. Mariella Moretti says:

    Thank you, Claire. Today is the worldwide day of kindness, and you deserve this title for your empathy, generosity and kindness in sharing your research and studies through the Anne Boleyn Files..
    God bless you.
    Mariella

    1. Claire says:

      Oh thank you, Mariella, God bless you too!

  18. Sandi Vasoli says:

    Thank you for such a touching tribute. May she Rest In Peace, and know she is missed here on earth!

  19. Gail Marie says:

    My condolences to you Claire, and what a beautiful article about Carolyn. I’m happy to know that she did get to go to England, I’m sure she had a wonderful trip and was able to see many of the places she read about.

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