August 2019 Newsletter

Paw Prints 

Motto:  “Making a difference one rescue at a time.”

Saying Farewell to Carolyn Cernea

On June 21, 2019 Carolyn Cernea was met by her numerous cats at the rainbow bridge.  She was greeted and ushered in as a hero. Her love of animals, especially cats, took most of her waking hours. CC took excellent care of her “PetSmart Rejects” (meaning they didn’t get adopted because they were too afraid). Carolyn was President of the Orange County Humane Society at one time. More recently she was Correspondence Secretary and a very active member of Cause 4 Paws.  She participated in fundraisers, selling raffle tickets, collecting prizes at local businesses and whatever else she could do to help cats.  We remember when she went all over downtown Fredericksburg at the Heritage Festival with a sandwich board, selling Raffle tickets. Whenever there was a Cause 4 Paws event, CC was there.

CC would always greet everyone she met with her great big smile and a formal greeting.  If she was calling you on the phone the greeting was something like this. “Is this the remarkable, beautiful Mrs. Miller, who I am speaking to?” After all she was an English Major in College and it showed throughout her life.  If she was writing a newsletter or naming a cat, CC had a special flare for words. Some of her cats were named: “Millard Fillmore”, “General Zachery Taylor”, “Silky”& “Moonbeam” and several other US Presidents. She enjoyed Poetry and wanted it published where people would read it to enrich their lives.  All of her correspondence was in longhand, using snail mail. (She really didn’t like email.)

She did wonderful things for people.  She was always leaving surprises, like flowers and pumpkins in the fall by the driveway, or potted pansies in the spring by the front door, or sometimes a bag of cat food would just show up and it was CC who had stopped by. She had dinner parties and Easter Teas, making sure to use fine china and lots of flowers.  She loved taking people out to eat at restaurants. Sometime she would order and eat her dessert first!

Her long-time friend, Vickie, sent us a letter recounting what an influence Carolyn had in her life.  Once CC took Vickie to lunch at Pinkadilly Tea, Smythe’s Cottage. Vickie loved the lunch so much she enrolled in culinary school and became a professional cook!

CC touched and changed so many lives in different ways.  She will be missed by both people and furry friends of this world.  She was a wonderful person who always signed her letters so cute.   “Love CC and 14 unemployed cats”

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