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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Remembering Helen


HELEN TROSTLE ETTLINE

PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 25, 1984,

33 YEARS AGO TODAY.
The following song, performed by the late
Natalie Cole and her father, Nat, reminds
me of a very special person, the first lady
of the Shady Dell... Helen Ettline.




Unforgettable, Helen.

That's what you are!
 
We love you and miss you.

18 comments:

  1. Sad to think that Nat and Natalie Cole are both dead too. Nice tribute.

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    1. Hi, Joey!

      Thanks for dropping in to pay your respects to Helen Ettline, a woman who was like a second mother to me and thousands of other "Dell rats." I miss her.

      Yes, it is sad to think that both of those talented singing Coles are dead, but fortunately we have this magical duet to remember them by.

      Thanks again for your visit, Joey!

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  2. This is another sweet tribute to the Dell's wonderful and unforgettable First Lady-- and the song you picked is perfect for the occasion!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for reporting in as I observe the 33rd anniversary of Helen's death. I'm glad you appreciated the tribute and the song I selected to honor her.

      Thanks again and let's have a great weekend, okay?

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  3. She may be gone, but she touched so many lives that she will never be forgotten.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Nicely put, good buddy. Thank you very much for dropping in and helping me remember Helen Ettline on the 33rd anniversary of her passing.

      Have a super weekend!

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  4. What a beautiful tribute. Perfect song for the First Lady of the Shady Dell.

    Thank you for taking the time to remember a wonderful woman.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for being here today as I mark the 33rd anniversary of the death of Helen Ettline, the First Lady of the Shady. As long as I keep SDMM up and running I will continue to remember the Ettlines on their special anniversaries, and I see no reason to change the song I have been using for this annual post.

      Thanks again, dear friend JM!

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  5. Hi, Shady!

    Such a lovely tribute for a woman whose selfless love remains indelible in the hearts and lives of so many as to become “Unforgettable in every way”! May your day be filled with pleasant memories.
    Happy Saturday, my friend!

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    1. Hi, diedre, and happy Saturday to you as well, dear friend! Thanks so much for joining me on this special day on the Shady Dell calendar, the date that marks the death of our beloved Helen Ettline.

      I have been thinking about Helen all day today. In fact I think about her very often throughout the year. Helen always had a bright smile for me and a twinkle in here eye as if she knew I was going to tell her a fascinating story while I munched on her subs and drank her cherry Cokes in the snack bar. I enjoyed dropping coins in the slot and playing her favorite doo-wop oldies while I sat with her and I was constantly asking her to break a dollar so that I could play the pinball machine.

      Thanks again for being here on this special day, dear friend diedre. Feel better soon and have a great weekend!

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  6. As I was listening to this wonderful song and reading the beautiful tribute I got goosebumps and an image of Helen and John dancing to this song as the Coles sing it in Heaven. Hope that's true!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over on this important day, the anniversary of Helen's death. Surely an old friend like you has been here for at least four of these annual observances now.

      Wow, that is a beautiful image, YaYa, and I will cherish it. John Ettline was a ladies' man and a man's man. I know that he loved to dance and entertain and I can picture him and his wife Helen swaying to this old classic somewhere up there. You brought tears to my eyes with that one, Kathleen.

      I hope you are having a great weekend and thank you again for joining me, dear friend YaYa!

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  7. Tom,

    What a sweet song to pay tribute to a special lady from your youth and for all the Shady Dell kids every where! You put me in a melancholy mood with this tune. Have a good week, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming to visit as I observe the 33rd anniversary of the loss of our Shady First Lady Helen Ettline. I'm sorry if I put you in a melancholy mood (temporarily I hope), but I think you'll agree this is a fitting song to use for the occasion, and made even more poignant by the fact that the father and daughter singing it are no longer with us.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend Cathy!

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  8. Shady, this is one wonderful tribute to a lady who will always be a special part of your life! I loved the video of Nat and Natalie...what a duo! I know the Ettlines are serving up cokes and playing dance music in heaven. And, they are watching out for you and your fellow dell rats!

    I had a busy week and am running behind on blogging. But, I knew I would see you here today. Have a wonderful week, dear Shady! ♫

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    1. Howdy, Suzanne!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend. Thanks for being here for my yearly memorial tribute to Helen, this one marking the 33rd anniversary of her death.

      What a great comment and nice thought, that the Ettlines are conducting Dell business as usual up in heaven and watching over their flock of adopted kids. That's comforting. I'm happy to know you appreciated "Unforgettable," the duet performed thru the magic of editing by Nat and Natalie. It was a great moment in entertainment history.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit, dear friend Suzanne. Take care of yourself and have a wonderful week!

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  9. To me, Ms. Ettline was too young but, with your beautiful post, she is ageless and memorable. I love the recording you found of Natalie and her father singing together which was always a beautiful retelling of this classic song.

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  10. I lost my beloved greatest granpa in the whole world on Feb. 25, 1997. A sad day for my family. Sweet tribute to Ms Ettline.

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