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In Memoriam: Jamie Dedes, Founding Editor

Jamie Dedes, z”l.
May her memory be for a blessing.

We received this note November 8, 2020. We lost our beloved founding editor and editor-in-chief emerita on 06 November of this year. We all will miss her. She was a loving, caring, and creative person who gave everything to her art, to others, and to the causes of peace, social justice, and sustainability. Most of all, she loved her family and they loved her, caring for her gently to the very end.

— Michael Dickel, editor


Hello, everybody. I’m Richard, Jamie’s son. As you may know, Jamie entered hospice care on July 7. She wanted to be home for her remaining days. I honored this request and stayed with her and cared for her during this time. Though end of life is painful, she went through this period with characteristic resilience, thoughtfulness, and generosity. My being able to stay with her was just the latest gift in a lifetime of gifts she gave me. She passed at 10:00 PM Pacific last night (11/6). By grace, my wife Karen and I were at her side, holding her hands as she passed. Be comforted that it was an easy passing. I am only just starting to monitor her Facebook and email. Please be patient as I work through things. You will be hearing from me. Meanwhile, thank you again. She loved the Zine and the team. I have heard many great stories about you all and read many of your works. I like forward to connecting more soon. With love and gratitude to you all, Richard.

Author:

Michael (Dekel) Dickel is a poet, digital artist, editor, publisher (Is a Rose Press, with gary lundy), and semi-retired educator.

13 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Jamie Dedes, Founding Editor

  1. To Allah is our return. Respected Jamie Ji you live in our hearts .You will always be remembered and missed.You were an angel and a precious gem . Rest in peace in heaven.

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  2. I feel a deep loss at Jamie’s passing and am glad to know she was with her family. Jamie was the first person to publish one of my earliest poems, through Rev. Terri Stewart. It was a poem that spoke about the incarcerated youth I encountered in my service as a chaplain. She gave a budding poet a real boost and did so without judgment. Jamie’s kindness and her commitment to poetry, peace and justice will always be with me and in the world.

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  3. Jamie was gracious and generous. She befriended me on Facebook and sought connection. So humbling to be embraced by such a literary visionary.
    It’s most sad reading her sons account but I so pleased he held her hand. The valley of the shadow of death is just that…..a shadow without everlasting power. She’s home….greater than she’s ever been.

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  4. Thank you for sharing Richard’s note with us. Jamie was a special person. She inspired and encouraged me when I first started blogging my poetry. May she Rest In Peace.

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