Tributes to Queenie


Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and
they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.
~John Muir


March 29, 2014
RIP Queenie.
Catherine Charlotte, NC
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January 4, 2014
Dear sweet Queenie, I know you were best friends with Minnie and Lottie, so can you watch over them please? You and your spirit will be remembered and loved by Minnie, Lottie, and lots of others.
Sree Namboothiri Lexington, KY
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June 8, 2012
What a truly beautiful girl! Her song was so sweet! I love you Queenie.
Kelly Middlesex, NJ
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March 29, 2012
Queenie, I loved the way you spoke. RIP, you are missed.
Kaitland California
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March 12, 2011
I am so touched by this story of Queenie, Minnie and Lottie. Queenie your spirit will never be forgotten and Minnie and Lottie will never forget you, they are the perfect examples of what true friends are. May you rest in peace and be able to run free with all the elephants that have gone before you. With love Namaste
Courtney Dattilo IL
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August 9, 2010
Dear Queenie, It's been many years since I've seen you. You were beautiful and I was always in awe. I look forward to visiting the restored Benson's sight where you made so many children happy! God Bless!
Jeannie B Goffstown, NH
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May 12, 2010
Dear Queenie, I never met you in person, but I feel I know you from the videos I have seen - your squeaking, your beautiful grace, the gentle look in your eyes. You have touched my heart more than I can say. You continue to be loved, even by those who have never met you. I am glad that you were able to live your last years with your two best friends, and the other girls. I hope one day that all captive circus and zoo elephants will finally have the chance to "retire" to such a beautiful, natural home as the one you had in your final years. It was your one true home. People can learn so much from elephants. You will always be in my heart, Queenie.
Denise California
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February 28, 2010
You may have died of a twisted gut, You shocked everyone, but, Your work here is done, You did the work you were put On this planet to do. No more circuses, No more people paying money to see you, it's all over now, Queenie. You're in a better place, we all will, too.
Anonymous Midwest Region
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February 2, 2010
And now in the center ring, located behind the elephant barn... Liz, Ruth and Queen will perform for you. Those were the words played over and over again on the loud speaker at Bensons. As a young girl working there in the late 60's I spent many a lunch hour sitting and talking to Queenie and the girls. Such a sweet soul indeed. I would dream of setting them free. I was thrilled when I found out Queen and Liz had made it to Tennessee. Ruth is in a zoo in New Bedford, MA and Betsy was the poor soul who was chained and kept in the barn. She passed away at Benson's. I'm sure Betsy was thrilled to hear Queenie's squeaks when they were reunited in the spring of 2008 ! peace to you all
CPB Hollis NH
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November 11, 2009
Dear Queenie, You would be happy to know how many people have come to your old home at Benson's Animal Farm to enjoy memories of you and the girls, pay tribute to you, and listen carefully to imagine your wonderful squeak! Your "house" has been repaired and hopefully soon photos of you and the girls will hang on the walls for all to see! Missing you...
Paula Wyka Hudson, NH
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September 3, 2009
Queenie sweetie, Missing you bunches! I still miss seeing you play in the pond. I know there is a great big pond in heaven where you are playing in with all the other eles.
JE Livonia,MI
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August 20, 2009
I love you, little squeaker
Sabine Zell Simsbury , CT
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August 15, 2009
Missing you as Hudson N.H. restores your old home.
Paula Wyka and family Hudson, NH
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July 10, 2009
Oh sweet little girl, I have just now found out that you have passed away. My poor little queen. You are loved by everyone and I pray to god that you are ok! I love you so much and so does everybody else!
Hailey Ottawa, ON
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June 25, 2009
Queenie, you seemed so overcome with joy in your new home. I'm glad you had a couple of years at the sanctuary. Bless you.
Catherine Charlotte, NC
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May 31, 2009
Queenie is in a better place now. Maybe she was sick in where humans cant see, in the heart. She looked like she had a amazing life but something went wrong in her life and was meant to go to heaven at the time. Queenie is in a better place where there is no pain in her heart. She will always be missed and loved.
Emily Kennell illions
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May 25, 2009
Sweet Girl Queenie, I can just imagine your squeaks of pure ele-joy in heaven! WOW! Years ago (before any caravan to freedom or USDA elephant seizures) I spoke to John Cuneo on behalf of your precious ele sister "Lota" and the rest of you. Of course my conversation fell on deaf ears. But,finally a change........What happiness all of your "freedoms" to TES and PAWS have brought me. Squeak little Queenie squeak! I love you.
sherry crowder shelby, north carolina
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April 10, 2009
if only all humans could know and share in what you knew
Mary Ann Stoff Warfield St. Louis MO
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March 30, 2009
Namaste, Dear One. Always in our thoughts and hearts.
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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March 29, 2009
Your never far from our thoughts. We know you fill Heaven with your trumpets and squeaks. We love you, Queenie!
Stacie W. Fort Collins, Colorado
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March 29, 2009
Queenie honey, a year ago today you left. You left a big void in our hearts. I still remember seeing you the day before your passing at the pond, it brings a smile to my face. I guess that was one of the things you were great at, making everyone smile. Thank you!!
Juanita Livonia, MI
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March 15, 2009
Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. ~John Muir

Dear one, sweetest, Queenie,
it seems like only yesterday we heard of your passing and the shock and sting of that sad news is only beginning to heal. I watched the elecam for hours, entranced, as Minnie and Lottie kept their vigil over your body. Their overwhelming sorrow kept them from hearing your squeaks above in the clouds. I witnessed as Minnie faced her unnameable fears and communed with your spirit vivid in her memories of you as she stood deep in thought over your body.

What those thoughts were, I can only begin to guess at. How can I understand beings that don't exploit others or harm their environment for material gain. I have not yet evolved to that level of being. I promise that I will help all children walk with Nature and see their oneness with all of her. I will try to make a living amends for the many wrongs I have done to nature in my ignorance. It is my wish to spend my life in service your sisters and brothers.

Namaste, Dear one. Please give trunk touches to your sisters and help guide us to a better world. We love you, Queenie!!
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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March 5, 2009
I know that I have never known this elephant but I wrote to Zula and I could not just write to her and leave you out Queenie. I wish you the best of luck and I am really sorry.
Elizabeth Brown Stanley, VA
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February 13, 2009
Queenie, you are a wonderful herd member that has blossomed at the Sanctuary, and you were a wonderful companion to Lottie. Rest in peace, and you deserve it.
Josh Eng Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas, Queenie. We all miss your squeaking, peacemaking self. Minnie and Lottie miss you greatly but are recovering and learning to live and enjoy this life without you. I still don't know the physical cause of your passing but know that you decided it was time and am deeply grateful to have become acquainted with you. You remain in our hearts as a joyous, playful, and serene presence. Part of your gift to Minnie and the rest of us is that the breach in the delicate web of love that connects all of us which was caused by your internment and suffering is slowly mending and its painful memory melting away. May your squeaks blend with the trumpets of your sisters as you herald in the new year, a year of hope for our beautiful emerald planet. Please guide us in the ways of peace as you so gracefully demonstrated to us in the brief instant that we knew you. Namaste beautiful, Queenie. You truly are a Queen.
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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December 24, 2008
Hey beauty, So glad you had some time with Carol, Scott and crew. Think of you often. Merry Christmas!
Maureen Pineville NC
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December 8, 2008
Dearest Queenie, I know with all of your motherly wisdom, you are watching down on Ned and guiding him to health & recovery. Bless you
Kathy Webster, NY
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December 5, 2008
Queenie, I just burst out crying when I heard of your death while watching the Elecam the next day. The looks on Lottie and Minnie's faces were so loving and kind. I just wanted you to know that you are loved by me and everyone else who knew you. God bless you Queenie, you willbe missed.
Allison Indiana
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October 23, 2008
The UTube tribute is amazing, I could watch it over and over. Queenie, if we all lived like you did, life would be so much better. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful Sanctuary, God Bless you all.
Jocelyn Ohio
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September 23, 2008
Queenie, Just watched your tribute video, you were such a joy. We continue the work to help other captive elephants,,,
maryland
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August 27, 2008
Oh, sweet Queenie, Queen Squeaker!
Janet Cambridge MA
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August 25, 2008
How sad that Queenie died so suddenly.I am glad that she was able to spend the time with the people who love her. Also that she was a safe place when she passed away and that she was able to spend time with her elephant friends.
rebecca evansville indiana
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August 8, 2008
I'm glad that she got a taste of freedom before she passed away. It was very unfortunate of her to be taken away from her family. This kind of abuse needs to be stopped.
Laura =^^= Reading, OH
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August 4, 2008
Queenie,
You will be surely missed. I remember riding on your back...and also taking care of you for at Benson's Animal Farm before you left for parts unknown. If only i had known where you were i could have seen you again.
Jennifer (Ellenwood) Conley Now Florida
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July 25, 2008
So sad to read of Queenie's passing. Such a sweet and beautiful sould. That she left so suddenly is heart-wrenching. I hope that her best friends Lottie and Minnie, as well as her keepers, will find comfort in her loving spirit.
Laura Dove Nashville
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July 13, 2008
Queenie,
In your passing, living and dying has taken on a deeper meaning for me, now I understand better the message in ~John Muir tribute words to You. Your death sting less then before. Thank you.
CJ Perdido Key, FL
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July 8, 2008
My dearest queenie. Elephant of all elephants. May your journey into that better place be a safe and joyful one. You were such a joy and Im going to miss you terribly. Rest in peace my lovely elephant. we will all miss you.
Pamela Kaczynski Ft. Lauderdale,Florida
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June 27, 2008
I have shed tears of the news of your passing and that of Delhi's too. March was not a good month for ele lovers, however, I am sure your decision to step to the other side was what you wanted and when you wanted it, though please know that I loved you and for my own selfish reason wish you didn't make this decision to leave those who loved you. The girls and I will miss you dearly and will remember you forever. You are beautiful and I hope you enjoyed your life in the loving hands of the staff and eles at the Elephant Sanctuary.
Corie Stevens Woodstock, IL.
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June 20, 2008
My beautiful Queenie,
I came to know about you as I did Delhi, too late. My blessing for you is to walk free with Delhi in beautiful, open meadows. May your spirit soar. You are forever with me.
Donna Steinleitner Melbourne, Florida
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May 27, 2008
Queenie - you left this world much too soon - thank goodness The Elephant Sanctuary was able to rescue you and your sisters from that horrific prison-like warehouse and give you the opportunity to live as an elephant should and to know that there are humans that care -- you are forever immortalized in the new "Our Girls" dvd along with your unique squeaks.

Queenie, you will be missed.

Rest In Peace Beautiful Lady.
Michael New Jersey
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May 24, 2008
Dear Queenie,
i am so sad that you left our earth! Rest in peace.
becky New Jersey
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May 22, 2008
Mankind is humbled beside these wonderful creatures and the world is lessoned by the passage of one.
Robert Miller Miami, FL.
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May 21, 2008
Dear Daughter Queenie,
I feel you left us too soon, and I have struggled to accept your sudden passing so close to the time Delhi left. We all struggle together, care givers, and distant families trying to let go of our daughters that we fought and prayed for to enter into Sanctuary so that your last day's would be happy and peaceful; what a privilege to share in your rescue. We all only wish they were longer days in the sun and fresh air, freely exploring the woods, pound, and valleys. I suspect that the trumpet call of your mother and sisters was loud and strong, beckoning you homeward to the place where they gathered together to greet you on the other shore. Reluctantly, we let go, and yet, we look forward to our day when we will see you again waiting to greet us on the other shore at our journey's end. Until that time, dear one.

With love to you my daughter Queenie.
Shirley Ojai, California
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May 8, 2008
Queenie's passing was such a shock, but I know she passed knowing she was loved and well taken care of by such loving, caring people.
Nancy Pride Stockbridge, GA
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May 7, 2008
she had a good home and people to love her, and she knew it. that's the most meaningful tribute an animal (or a human)can have. Everybody at the Sanctuary makes me proud to be a supporter.
Jena TX
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May 6, 2008
I've just viewed Queenie's memorial video tribute and it is so touching. What a sweet and beautiful girl and what a wonderful place you created for her (and the rest of the girls) to be able to live so freely and naturally. It is heartwarming to see how happy she looked. She, along with her sisters who have already departed, will be missed.
Lisa Kirchner Franklin, TN
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May 3, 2008
I was shocked to hear of Queenie's passing. She seemed to be everyone's friend and will be terribly missed. Thank God she didn't suffer.
Dolores B. Smith Orefield, Pa l8069
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May 2, 2008
We all have been blessed by Queenie's presence on this Earth. Good Bless. We will miss you! Joanne, Riverside, N.J.
Joanne Pippitt Riverside, N.J.
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May 2, 2008
My heart is still breaking; tears still flowing as I read the tributes to beloved Queenie. How fortunate we as lowly humans are that the Sanctuary holds dear these beautiful creatures. Thank you Thank you for caring for all these wonderful beings. I would like to believe that I will walk with them in the hereafter.
Myrna MacDonald Wellesley MA
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May 2, 2008
I was shocked when I read about Queenie's passing and was surprised when it moved me like it did. Just now, watching the beautiful video, it has moved me again. What peaceful souls your staff is allowed to care for and interact with on a daily basis! Thank you for doing the work you do. P.S. That's the first time I've heard them chirp...how cute!!
Christy Williams Mt. Juliet, TN
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May 1, 2008
I am so heartened to see so many of us saying that we knew she was an angel, and went back to the Heavenly Kingdom. It is so true; I can feel her energy just from looking at her pictures. Angels, she taught me, come in all shapes and sizes, and their gifts to us are comprised of love. See you on the High Ground, Queenie.
Sarah Lyons Springbrook, WI
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May 1, 2008
It's such a shame that you had to go through such torture to live out your last years in luxury. Your job here on this great earth is now over and God has called you home. You have been given your wings. We may never understand why, but we know that you are now an angel looking down upon us, protecting us. May you find comfort in the rolling hills, mud baths, and ponds of heaven. Raise your trunk in triumph, the universe is listening. You will be dearly missed, and may your memory live on in the hearts of all that found your presence a true treasure. My heart sure will.
AnnaMarie Baltimore, Maryland
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May 1, 2008
Queenie, God bless you. You sounded like a joy, and a delight to know. Someday when I leave this Earth, I will search you out in Heaven.
Deborah Eagle River, Alaska
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April 30, 2008
In every creature, a spark of the Divine.
Robert Gelfand Pittsburgh, PA
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April 30, 2008
Dearest Queenie
My prayers went with you over the Rainbow bridge
Kellie P New Westminster, BC
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April 30, 2008
Dearest Queenie, You were a blessing to our world and we are so grateful you passed our way to make the world, the universe a much better place. Yes, dear one, we are grateful for you and we thank you. We look forward to seeing you on the other side.
Barbara Robertson Louisville, KY
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April 30, 2008
Having watched you enjoy life at the sanctuary, it brought me great joy too. I love you and will always be happy to have shared a short time with you.
Robin Candler NC
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April 30, 2008
I am missing you tonight my sweet Queenie, feeling your closeness and your desire to send your message and love to all.

Where have you gone to
Our child of the trees
Your trumpet still echoes
Through the hills on the breeze

I’ve gone to that far place
Where all creatures roam free
Where I can roll in the mud
Happy just to be me

Waterholes so refreshing
Upon my skin and my feet
There is sunlight and moon glow
And love from all that I meet

The sweet grass is tender
There’s a big shady tree
It all reminds me of home
In the hills of my Tennessee

I still miss my sisters
My caregivers and friends
If you listen you’ll hear
My soft squeaks on the winds

There is a place in my heart
For each of you who I love
And I am sending you blessings
As I watch down from above

When you come here I’ll join you
Recall that magical time
When my life changed forever
And Sanctuary was mine
Sherry Heim New Mexico
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April 29, 2008
Dear Kathy Mills from Hudson,New Hampshire,
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Queenie and Liz. I'm so glad they had a chance to have you taking care of them as best you could. Your memories were so sweet to read.
Janet Cambridge MA
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April 29, 2008
Queenie, sweetie,
I was thinking about you today and somehow still can't believe you have gone. I miss you.
Janet Cambridge MA
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April 25, 2008
Your sweet soul will be missed until we all make it to the other side. I wish I had known you. My heart breaks when I think of all the terrible things that you had went through you whole life. I am sure that you and Delhi are together now. Along with all the other elephants. God bless all of you at the sanctuary.
Rebecca McCoy Denton, Texas
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April 25, 2008
I have had a lot of time to reflect on the recent deaths of Dehli and Queenie and what they have taught me. If someone had told me about the Elephant Sanctuary prior to its inception, I would have thought it was a wonderful idea but remained skeptical about whether it would have garnered much public support without the public being able to interact with the elephants. Thank God I would have been wrong. It is amazing to see just how many people really love these elephants. And if they love them, and I believe there is ample evidence that they do, it is because their human caregivers have allowed us to see them through their eyes and to tell their stories. You hear zoos talk about how their animals are ambassadors for their own kind. The girls at TES are the real ambassadors. They have exposed us to the truth about captive elephants and we will never be the same. While there is certainly no shortage of needy elephants, my hope is that elephants will find their way to sanctuary at a much younger age long before they have suffered long painful lives in a circus or zoo. The real tribute that can be paid to Barbara, Lota, Tina, Jenny, Dehli, and Queenie is to continue steadfastly in our financial support of TES and to not rest in our activism until every last one of these magnificent creatures are freed from the circuses and zoos. Rest in peace dear Queenie.
Sue Texas
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April 25, 2008
Although I never met you I feel the very essence of you and what you meant to the people who knew you. You now walk in the spirit of the sunshine. Miles and miles to roam free as it was meant to be.
Louise Koontz chandler az
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April 25, 2008
To my dearest Queenie,
It has taken me this long to compose myself and this tribute to such a beautiful soul, whom I had the pleasure of knowing personally. I worked at Benson's as an assistant elephant trainer in 1980-81. At that time, Benson's was actually making strides to improve the conditions of the enclosures for many of the animals there. And then it was gone. Sold to a local amusement park that centered around the rides not the animals. I always wondered what became of you and dear sweet Liz. Thanks to Dorothy Brousseau's letter in the newspaper, there you both were, rescued from a place far worse than Benson's and living out your remaining years in bliss. Part of my job was ridding the elephant in the daily shows and parade. Since Liz's trunk had been injured years before, it was you who carried me on your back daily for four months out of the year. I got to know your moods and tried so hard to understand your "squeakie" language, which I will remember forever. Having to ride you was my least favorite part of my job. My favorite times were the daily walks to the pond where you and Liz would get to just relax and play in the water and actually be elephants, if even for just an hour or so. Then there were the months that the park was closed. We'd try to get you out of your enclosure and let you play in the snow as often as possible, but unfortunately, not often enough. I knew the hours of boredom you and all the beautiful animals experienced and it made me sad. Since those days so long ago, I now boycott all zoos and circuses that use animals to perform for human pleasure and support ones that allow the animals to roam free and keep their human observers in their cages. You are in a better place now and thanks to Carol and all the wonderful angels at the sanctuary, your last few years here on Earth with us were the best years of your life. Namaste,dear one, and may God bless you and your friends from the sanctuary in Hohenwald.
Kathy Mills Hudson, N.H.
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April 24, 2008
Mother Earth has been blessed to have had Queenie grace her fields and forests. And now she is asleep in a place where birds will forever call their young, a place where the fall leaves will dance in the crisp autumn air, and a place where the snowflakes will adorn the arms that now hold Queenie close in its bosom’s embrace.
Bev South Carolina
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April 24, 2008
Perhaps the best tribute for the "Queenster" is she will never be forgotten. I know I never will. Thank you to all at the sanctuary for giving her a safe and wonderful place to be..along with allowing her girlfriends to say their proper goodbyes to her. She lives on in spirit and I pray those who are left grieving at the sanctuary will find comfort in the days to come knowing they had a hand in her happiness.. as they say... Priceless....
jkrogh Vista, Ca
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April 22, 2008
Beautiful Queenie,
Although your time on earth was short, you touched many lives, human and pachyderm. Rest in peace now at home with God with your eye toward Tennessee and your beloved companions.
Christina Colorado
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April 16, 2008
I had just found out about Queenie a few weeks before she died. I live in NH near where Queenie lived at Benson Wild Animal Farm for about 30 years. The last time I went to Benson's was when I was 16 years old (about July 1978). I was very upset by the way the elephants were kept. One in particular was in a small cell, chained to the floor. I never went back to Benson's, and I told everyone that would listen that an elephant does not belong in a place like Benson's. I used to tell people "an elephant needs acres of wide open space and fields." Like I said, I only recently found out that Queenie, and Liz (also from Benson's) had been rescued from Hawthorne. I had actually searched the internet to find out what had happened to the Benson's elephants. After I found out that they were at the sanctuary I wrote letters to several local newspapers telling of the where abouts of Liz and Queenie. I have been trying to research which elephants lived at Benson's in 1978, because I really want to know that the elephant I saw there when I was sixteen ended up at the sanctuary. I know that Queenie and Liz were there at that time (and my whole lifetime up to that point) but I do not know if there were any other Asian elephants. The information I have so far indicates that it was either Queenie or Liz that I saw chained to the floor that day. Words can not describe how I feel to know of the possibility that the poor elephant that I saw suffering so long ago finally found happiness at the sanctuary. My heart broke when I found out that Queenie had died. I know that her final days were happy ones, but they were so few compared to all the many years of captivity.
Dorothy Brousseau Auburn, NH
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April 15, 2008
I am always saddened to hear of another elephant's death at the Elephant Sanctuary. It sometimes seems they arrive there too late to enjoy the rest of their life. May all the elephants be blessed that are sent there. It seems unfair that most of their life was already lived. May Queenie rest in peace in elephant heaven.
Pat Barnett Syracuse, NY
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April 15, 2008
Dearest Queenie,
My heart is broken. I am grateful though that you were able to spend your last years in peace and freedom, with your ele-sisters and human family. You are in true peace now. You are an angel who will watch over your sisters and all elephants around the world. Rest in Peace, sweet girl!
Katie R. Wellington, OH
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April 15, 2008
Dearest Queenie,
You were and are indeed a queen among angels. I'm so grateful that you got to spend at least a few years being an elephant and enjoying your life as you always should have. Rest in peace sweetie. I know you're happy to meet up with your sisters again and being painfree. God Bless you always, dear Queenie.
Lynne Russert Jacksonville, FL
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April 14, 2008
Dearest Queenie, I watched You and the others playing in the pond on that Friday, never guessing that you would be leaving to join Delhi so quickly. When the ELECAM finally came back on Sunday and I saw You laying in the pasture I knew You were gone and not just taking a nap, I could feel Minnie and Lottie's pain as I was present with all of you throughout the day. Like many of the Sanctuary Elephants I continue trying to recover from PTSD, never could I have imagined that by watching The Elephant Herd that I could also experience healing, like Minnie I have been transformed by Your passing I have been allowed an opening in my heart through which all of my long-denied compassion, empathy and grief rushed in and I stayed there with Your body and did not run away. " No greater gift could any one of us receive then the opportunity to find our true loving self underneath the piles of defensive barriers we build." I have forgotten how to play, and watching your playful Self will be missed more then you know, threw you I know it is possible to feel playful and light hearted again. Good bye for now.
Connie Florida
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April 13, 2008
What a lovely video, I am heartbroken.....
Lisa Indiana
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April 13, 2008
Queenie, tu as gagné une place au paradis et quand,le 29 mars un ange est passé,avec lui il t'a emmenée.Merci Queenie pour nous avoir permis de te connaître- Repose en paix au paradis des éléphants
marysette france
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April 12, 2008
I love you, Queenie. Run wild and free. I will miss you.
Barbara Virginia
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April 11, 2008
Queenie girl I was so saddened by your unexpected and sudden passing that I couldn't say good-bye. Shortly after you left my family almost lost my sister. She is much improved now and our hopes are high. Queenie girl, life is so fragile and we don't appreciate it until we lose someone we love like you, or almost lose someone we love like my sister. My father always said there is a big book in the sky with everyone's name in it and when your name comes to the top of the page it's your time to go. Those of us left behind needn't wonder or wail about why, but just know it was your time to go. I believe that very much and the reason is that I also believe that we are all here on this earth to learn and to teach. Whether we're here for 10 minutes or a 100 years we are learning and teaching the whole time. I also believe that includes animals. I know this because my best friend, my dog of 16 years passed away 5 years ago and taught me about the beauty of loving someone so much you're able to let them go when they're name comes up to the top of the page. Little did I know that this lesson would transcend to my mother's passing two years later. Because of the lesson from my Gin I could embrace the last two days of my mother's life and then joyfully let her go. I learned and was blessed in so many ways those two days I can't begin to tell you. Much the same way the Sanctuary did with Dehli. What a gentle girl you are Queenie. Friends with all and most importantly the unconditional love you gave to Minnie. You always came back to Minnie and the last beautiful gift you gave to her upon your death will change the rest of her life for the better. Namaste Queenie girl. Namaste forever.
Pat SLC
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April 9, 2008
I sent a lot of tears from Switzerland... Thank you for Dehli's and Queenie's last years in peace and happiness! Namaste Dehli and Queenie
Andrea Auer Switzerland
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April 9, 2008
Dear Queenie, it is very sad that you are gone. Thanks for all of you and your voice I miss. I hope you are in Heaven now like my Turtle and can Play with her. Good bye my dear Queenie.
A.Preuß Oberursel Germany
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April 9, 2008
Ahhh...living and leaving life on your own terms Queenie finally. I will miss your twinkling eyes and smile. Rest in peace.
RT MN
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April 8, 2008
Queenie, Your days at the sanctuary were much too short. Heartfelt thanks to Carol, Scott, the caregivers and everyone who had a hand in bringing you to the sanctuary and making each and every day a blessing. May your gift to mankind be enlightenment. Rest in peace Queenie.
Doreen K. Shiavi Media, Pa
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April 7, 2008
Sweet, Beautiful Queenster,
I remember Queenie's eyes when she walked off the truck after the long haul from Illinois to her new barn and habitat. They were, as were her sisters' eyes, mostly void of life and spirit - spirit taken away by a lifestyle of abuse and then being thrown away.

Not too long after the girls arrived, major changes in their attitudes and social choices were noticed. The girls were developing three separate "clics". What was so amazing about Queenie was that she was welcome in all three. She presented herself as what I call a LIGHT. A LIGHT comes into our lives to teach us to look at ourselves and find the simple most important gift we could ever share with another being - Love.

I saw Qweenie's unconditional LIGHT in so many ways - In kicking and dancing with the flaps of stall 6 waiting for Minnie and Lottie to return to the barn for night feed - in the barn at 11:00 pm while her sisters had already settled in for the night, finding a large stick and banging the bars and "furniture" with a rhythm that would make a professional musician jealous - in the pure positive energy she constantly released to her sisters and to all of us.

I continue to be enriched by Queenie's LIGHT and hold it dear to me. I will always be greatful for the experience of caring for and learning from "The Queenster" and her sisters.

Queenster, you will live in my heart always.
Barbara Anderson Hohenwald, TN
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April 7, 2008
Queenie - I saw you as a child at Benson's Wild Animal Farm in NH. My heart was so happy and when I saw you again at the Elephant Sanctuary. I am so glad you were able to finish your time on earth in such a wonderful deserving place!
Julie Maine
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April 7, 2008
Queenie I will miss your trumpeting. Rest in peace.
Pam Townsend MA.
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April 7, 2008
Queenie you were quite the little squeaker, which we will all miss. I'm so grateful that you had some time at TES. Your caregivers are the best and I can't imagine what they ae going thru. You made this trip in your own way and time. Something we can learn from. I'm sure you are in a better place now and with your friends who have gone before. Rest in Peace Dear Queenie. Watch over us. We love you.
Bev Saul Livingston, NJ
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April 6, 2008
A week has passed, and only now can I come to your tribute page. To all that love Queenie, may you find comfort in knowing that for two years, Queenie was once again allowed to be an elephant. Each day was hers, all decisions were made be her. From the pictures and videos we can see that she instantly immersed herself into the Sanctuary and was truly an elephant again. I am still so stunned as to why she left us too early. But I know that before she left, she was happy and knew love once again!!!
Donna Maryland
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April 6, 2008
As I watched the Ele-Cam and saw you laying on the ground, I was immediately concerned, but then thought of the article that answered the question, "an elephant is laying down, is she ok?" and Carol's response that they are taking a nap. And so I waited. And waited. Waited to see those 4 huge legs rise into the air as you begin to get back up. An hour passed and I found myself beginning to panic and wondering if I should try to contact TES. But I knew that with the wonderful care that they provide to all these girls, that they would already know. Still, my hope was that you were merely taking a long spring "naparoni" and so I continued to watch, and to wait. Another hour passed and then the beep of a new email arriving. I knew before I opened it what it was going to say and wanted to not open it and to continue hoping -- as if not opening it would somehow keep you alive and napping.

My heart ached the rest of the day and the following morning, watching Minnie and Lottie standing over you, protecting their dear friend and mourning their loss. And my heart ached for the wonderful caretakers at TES for their loss as well. You gave so much to both your ele-sisters and to your caretakers, and to those of us who dream of someday being able to rescue abused elephants (and animals of all kinds), but who for now anyway, are only able to watch from afar. Your intelligence amazes me, as does your ability to move on from a lifetime of torture and to enjoy life for the first time. The only thing that gave me solace was the knowledge that you were finally able to live a wonderful life at TES and to enjoy each and every moment of it. What an amazingly wonderful gift TES gave you, and with your thorough enjoyment of life at TES, your sweet personality and your squeak speak, what an equally wonderful gift you gave back to them.

Thank you, sweet Queenie, for all that you have given to me and to all of your "lurkers from afar", to your sisters and to your loving caregivers. And thank you, TES, for making Queenie's last years be so wonderful.
Nancy Pittsfield, MA
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April 6, 2008
Thank you for giving this dear girl the space and love she needed to be an elephant -- not an entertainer (though those squeaks were certainly entertaining!) but "just" an elephant. You make the world a better place.
Mary Wilson Gabriola Island, BC
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April 5, 2008
Rest in peace Queenie. Both you and Delhi will be sorely missed. You brought joy to those around you, elephants and humans alike. Forever in our hearts.
Lorna Rankin UK
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April 5, 2008
Words can not describe how sad I am since you was one of my favorite ones. I take comfort in believing that your last years you found the peace and love of every one and every thing around you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My love always, Maria
Maria Virginia
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April 5, 2008
Queenie-You are now at one with Joy and Love, the gifts you gave during life. You followed the natural cycles of life, death and rebirth; The Great Spirit and Mother Earth joined together and took you quickly because they loved you so much. To Minnie and Lottie and all your elephant sisters you gave your compassion and joyous desire for union, you have been like a Buddha/Saintly Elephant - a highly Evolved Being who knew the right things to do to bring about redemption and forgiveness, and ultimately awareness of your wise and ancient species' plight. I will miss watching you and Minnie in the pond: poor Minnie and poor Lottie! I hope they are transformed for the better from your transition. When the Monthly E-news from the sanctuary came and I read that you were napping in the woods a lot and being hard to find, I had a premonition that something was wrong - I never thought you would die! We on the earthly plane will miss you so much!!! You were loved -Minnie and Lottie loved so very deeply (and perhaps Misty?)and your caregivers loved you so much - you were their little ball of sunshine Squeak Speak Queenster.
Catherine Ormsby Haddon Heights, NJ
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April 5, 2008
Queenie i love and miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Desiray calirornia
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April 4, 2008
Queenie, I can't believe you are gone. May you rest in peace and know that you are loved! Thank you for everything that you showed us while you were here. You will be missed by all.
Stephanie Tennessee
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April 4, 2008
Queenie, I had a bad feeling when I saw the email with just your name. It took me two days for the news to sink in, before I could believe it was really true. Queenie, I'm so sad that you're gone. You were a girl with a real zest for life. Your squeaks were amazing. I remember the early videos when you were reunited with your other sisters as they arrived from the Hawthorn hell-hole. Squeaks all around, squeaks in the mud, squeaks just 'cause you could. You will not be forgotten. I kiss your sweet, beautiful face, Queenie girl.
Janet Cambridge MA
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April 4, 2008
Queenie, my heart broke in two when I learned of your passing, but at the same time I had to submit that you were ready to journey on. I take great solace in knowing the happiness you were able to experience at the sanctuary with your ele sisters. Your squeaking and chirping will always ring in my ear. I love you Queenie, I hope your spirit guards Lottie and Minnie during this transition.
Kelly Spencer New Jersey
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April 4, 2008
My heart is aching. Peace to you, Queenie.
Cynthia Branham Summertown, Tennessee
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April 4, 2008
Dear Queenie....as you join your ele-sisters across the Rainbow Bridge, please know that you all will be missed terribly. Your comical ways, the cute squeeky sounds you'd make, your playful antics in the ponds and your sweet, accepting nature are just a few of the things that made you such a special girl. I feel blessed to have known you from afar and wish you an eternity of happiness and love.
cg Tennessee
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April 4, 2008
It is truly a sad time for the Sanctuary to lose both Delhi and now Queenie, two beautiful creatures in such a short amount of time. Queenie's life taught us forgiveness, acceptance and love. Thank you for giving her freedom, and companionship at the Elephant Sanctuary.
leslie caspersen florida
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April 4, 2008
I was so saddened when I opened that email from Carol. God Bless you angel, I know that you are safe and happy with Jesus. You will be missed by your earthling family, but I know you will be happy with your heavenly family. God Speed Sweetie
Deborah Lore Pevely Missouri
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April 4, 2008
I was so saddened to hear of Queenie's passing especially so soon after Delhi's. It's so heartbreaking know the pain and trauma these elephants have gone through in the hands of fellow men but it's such a releif to know that the lucky few that make it to the Elephant Sancuary get to know peace again and get to meet the much kinder side of the human race. Queenie was one of those lucky ones that got know love, care and freedom again, and I'm sure she's passed on a happy and contented little elephant. Be at true peace now Queenie, I'm sure your sisters and caregivers are missing you dearly xxx
Rebecca England, UK
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April 3, 2008
I shed tears for you this evening...... Until we meet one day in Heaven my girl. It has been my pleasure following your path..... You are loved.
Erin Schulte North Delta, BC Canada
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April 3, 2008
When I read my e-mail telling of Queenie's passing, it took my breath away. I have shed many tears dear one, over your passing. May you have a truly lovely life on the other side with your family. I will see you again one day. Much love to Minnie.
Julie Anaconda, Montana
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April 3, 2008
Dear Sweet Loving Queenie-
What a beautiful childlike happy soul! I was in shock these first couple of days and I couldn't express my feelings at your passing. Amidst all those years in captivity, you still had so much life in you when you came to the Elephant Sanctuary. Your squeeks made me laugh and brought joy to my heart. I will miss you so, and I can't even imagine what the staff at the sanctuary is going through after losing both you and Dehli within 3 weeks of each other. I have learned to not ask "Why?" because we may never know, but rather to ask "What is the lesson?" Some of the other people that have posted their tributes, mentioned that they met you when you were at Benson's Animal Park. You touched their hearts and helped to make them aware of how wrong it is to chain elephants and keep them in a circus or any confined setting. Any decent human being knows that elephants need to roam many miles every day. Queenie, your life has made such a difference to so many of us. I am so grateful to the Sanctuary that you had a couple of years of freedom where you could play and enjoy life. God bless the Elephant Sanctuary and my dream is to not have any more elephants in captivity. I hope I will meet you when it is my turn to cross over: I will listen for your beautiful voice of laughter and joy. Wherever you are Queenie, I wish you love and freedom!
Alyssa Burbank, CA
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April 3, 2008
You will be remembered always and taught us all alot about the horrors you lived everyday for many years! Namaste dear Queenie, be free and safe in your new forever home.
Wendy Menononee Falls, Wi
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April 3, 2008
Your smile was needed in heaven sweet girl. Your work on earth is done. Know that you touched so many with your sweet songs- all around the world, you will be missed.
Shannon Rochester, NY
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April 3, 2008
may you have endless pastures to play and bubbling brooks to drink from. take care of your new friends, lota,jenny,tina, barbara .you are free now.. the staff at the sanctuary gave you a wonderful life. i will miss you squeeks, walk intothe sunset beside your friends and trumpet so loud that the whole new world knows you are coming ,. rest in peace. a big heart to all of the care and love the staff gives all of these rescued elephants. without them ,queenie could of never known what freedom feels like. god bless...
Rhonda Woods wisconsin
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April 3, 2008
My deepest sympathy to all the kind angels at TES for your recent, heartrending losses. Your beautiful tribute to Queenie brought tears to my eyes, thank you. Queenie and Delhi, in your honor, this Saturday I will be participating in a protest of the Shrine Circus at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Rest in peace.
Linda Davis Plymouth, MN
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April 3, 2008
Dear Sweet Queenie, thank you for being friends with all the elephants, especially Minnie and Lottie. I am happy for you that you had two years of freedom and true love to give and receive with your elephant sisters. Please give elephant hugs for me to Jenny, Barbara, Tina, Lota, Delhi, and Joanna. May God bless you, the other elephants, and the caregivers.
Liz Oshkosh, WI
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April 3, 2008
Dear Queenie, to watch your sisters standing over you in silent, heartbroken vigil on that dreary, misty morning is to know what love is. I'm so sorry you had but a couple of years of freedom, but so glad, at the same time, that you found Sanctuary and knew at long last a life in which you were treated kindly, with the love and respect you so richly deserved. Give dear Delhi and all the rest of your sisters a big trunk hug for all of us, and rest peacefully in the knowledge that we will continue to work to bring more of your kin to that little bit of heaven in Tennessee.
Margaret Bucks County, PA
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April 3, 2008
Since first hearing of the elephant sanctuary during the time Flora was being granted sanctuary, I have rarely missed a day of visiting the website. So, I was stunned to hear or Queenie's passing, as I'm sure the caretakers were to find her! But, as I have said with the other gentle and amazing souls that have left this world, I am so grateful the sanctuary exists to give these beauties a place to live out their lives and deaths in peace and with dignity. Just happy being elephants. Rest now, sweet Queenie - you will be missed by your sisters, the sanctuary staff and certainly all of us who go to know you on-line. Namaste.
Jill Seattle
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April 3, 2008
Dearest Queenie, you left us all too soon. Delhi must have missed you so much that God brought her friend to her in heaven. Romp & play to your heart's delight up amongst the clouds, lovely lady.
Kathy Hertzel Webster, NY
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April 3, 2008
Oh sweet girl, we hardly knew ye. I hope you are happy in your new world. We will miss you.
Ellen Burkett California
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April 3, 2008
First of all to Carol, Scott and the Sanctuary staff who knew and loved Queenie so much, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Although it was so very painful to see Queenie go, we all knew that she had truly had a perfect ending to her not so perfect life. Wouldn't we all hope to go this way - surrounded by so much love from our sisters and these wonderful humans at the sanctuary.

It is moments like these that make me realize that Mother Teresa was right when she quipped, " In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love". I was truly privileged (via webcam) to witness Queenie and the others' joyful love of simply bounding through those grassy fields.

Namaste, dear Queenie.
Maggie Victoria, BC
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April 3, 2008
Though I've avidly followed the TES website since its inception, I have to confess Queenie was an elephant I didn't know much about. I feel like I overlooked her and the Divas. I was infatuated with Billie most of all, then Frieda and Liz, as well as all of the founding herd. I hate to admit that I didn't take much time to learn about the Divas. They seemed large, pushy, domineering and I was always afraid they were going to bust through the fence and harm my precious Billie. Then when I found out Queenie had passed to the Rainbow Bridge, I shed many tears. I was guilt-ridden because she had been at TES for over 2 years and I never got to know her. I didn't know she squeaked, I never before studied her beautiful, unusual face. I could never identify her on the Elecam, only Minnie because of her huge size. So Queenie's untimely and sudden passing has taught me a valuable lesson: not to ignore or pass over a creature because you have preconceived notions about them. I realize Queenie would not have harmed Billie even had to gotten over the fence. I was judgmental and in the wrong. Forgive me, dear Queenie. You have a special place in my heart and you alone have taught me a most precious lesson. Even though I did not know you in life, I honor you now with deep and special reverence. From now on I will take the time to study and learn about all of TES's elephants, not just my special favorites. Goodbye, sweetheart.
Pat San Francisco, California
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April 3, 2008
Namaste, dear Queenie....fly with the angels.
Ginny Indiana
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April 3, 2008
Bless you dear sweet one! Comfort to those you leave behind
Jenna and Michael Stewart Virginia
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April 3, 2008
Queenie's life was a triumph. I can only celebrate a life of such forgiveness that affected so many people (and elephants!)in a positive way. Queenie, you chose your own time and place. May we all learn great lessons from you. The John Muir quote is perfect. For those who loved Queenie and knew her so well, you'll meet again!
A.G. New Mexico
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April 3, 2008
I did not know much about Queenie, so I went to the ele-diary for 2006 to read about her progress from the day she came to the sanctuary. I had not known that during the divas' adjustment period, Queenie was the one who got along with all of them! The others seemed to have had some difficult times adjusting to one another and their new life because they were all suffering from PTSD, but they all befriended dear Queenie. What a sweetheart she was! And what a gift she left for Minnie, to allow Minnie to finally open her heart and feel the pain and sorrow that had been bottled up for so long. Dear Queenie, I am crying all over again for you. My heart goes out to the sanctuary staff who were so lucky to have had Queenie in their lives even though it was for a very short time, and especially to Minnie and Lottie, who must have known Queenie for many, many years. Nobody can ever know the extent of the horror that the Hawthorn girls lived through for so long, but they are fortunate to now be living, and dying, the closest possible way to what God had intended for them. The TES caretakers have allowed the girls to deal with their pain, make amends with their sisters, psychologically heal from their prior existence, live with freedom, and die with love and dignity.
Maggie Baldwin Saratoga Springs, NY
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April 3, 2008
Dear TES, I send some tears from europe for Dehli and Queenie, who always look a bit like my most beloved elephant here. Thank you for Dehli's and Queenie's last years in peace and happiness!
Karin Schwikowski Hamburg, Germany
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April 3, 2008
I love you so much, my precious Queenie. You were the reason I joined the Sanctuary. I saw your photo and fell in love. I know you are with your Sisters who went before you ... running, playing, enjoying your eternal freedom and waiting for me to join you. I'd like to think that the "last trumpet blast" the Bible speaks of will be YOURS! I'll be listening for your call!
Nancy Cincinnati, Ohio
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April 3, 2008
"Rest in peace little one". You will live on in our hearts forever.

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to each and every one at the Sanctuary.
God Bless you all.
Natalie Finniss Kent, England
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April 3, 2008
Oh my dearest wise one....thank you for your great lesson....so simple and profound. Namaste...
Carolelorraine California
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April 3, 2008
i was saddened to read of another elephant's passing so close to the last but am comforted to some extent by the fact that they got to spend either several years or in the case of Queenie unfortunately only a few at a sanctuary like yours because at least in the latter part of their lives they were loved and had the companionship of other elephants and loving care by gentle souls like the elephant sanctuary employees thank you and bless you
mitch los angeles
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April 3, 2008
These animals leave me speechless. They're just so amazing. If there's other life out there in the universe I can only hope it's elephantine. Thank you so much for the video of Queenie. It's so great to be able to watch her in motion, romping around the sanctuary enjoying its bounty. If there's a God, maybe some day we'll know the answers...and the secrets of elephants. I can only imagine what you who knew and cared for Queenie's every need must be going through, when here we are adrift and weeping on the other side. Know we love you all.
Lesley Vancouver
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April 3, 2008
Oh! My sweet baby girl, my heart aches and my tears flow. I miss you so much; you were my favorite "squeakster" ever. I guess none of us really knew how much you needed to be with your sister Delhi until you surprised us all by joining her so soon. Blessings upon all who worked tirelessly for your release to the Sanctuary and more blessings, still, upon those who made sure that the years you spent at TES were the best years of your life. Your joy was palpable as we watched you pick up a random branch and turn it into a new and delightful toy, or romp and role in the pond. You made me smile, pretty girl and now tears well in my eyes for your caregivers, sisters, and all who loved you and now feel your absence in every molecule of our being. You have now gone to Joanna's Sanctuary where you can spend the rest of time among your family, in freedom and beauty. Namaste sweet Queen, I bid you glorious adventures.
Sherry Heim Albuquerque, New Mexico
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April 2, 2008
Dear Queenie- I never got to know you before you left. In fact from your bio, it seems that no one had the pleasure of really knowing since you were stolen from your mama and aunts and sisters. Only your fellow former Hawthorne victims that found sanctuary with you really knew what you experienced, knew your tears and pain and fears. I can only imagine what you experienced in your life. I know from personal experience that living among unpredictable and oft times violent people can put such a horrible strain on the body. The cortisol levels skyrocket and cause innumerable health problems. It is such a comfort to know that you and the others found a peaceful place where no one mistreated or yelled at you or struck you, a place where you were allowed to just simply be among friends who love you. I know how much that means. I also don't know many details about Minnie's past and why she suffers from the aggression and seeming lack of empathy that she appears to suffer from. I do know that when all you've ever known is cruelty and unpredictable abuse it is difficult to break destructive patterns of survival behavior. That she grieved you so tenderly in the mist on Sunday was indeed a gift to her and to all of us who were privileged to witness that beautiful, ethereal dance between you, Minnie and Lottie. For hours, I was entranced. From this blessed event, we had the opportunity to see something that I could only have dreamed of actually witnessing except for perhaps a tiny snippet on the Nature program. We all had the opportunity to partake in an elephant “wake”. How evolved and loving these gentle, sweet, funny and kind beings are! Thank you so much Carol, Scott and all the rest of you loving, wonderful TES people. Thank you for loving our girls and for allowing us to share them with you. I do believe that death renews life for the living. I believe that Minnie is changed for the better from her opportunity to say good-bye...for probably the first time in her life...to something she has loved dearly and lost. You always choose the most perfect quote for each of our girls. Thank you for this beautiful and comforting thought. Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. ~John Muir
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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April 2, 2008
Queenie, your body may be gone but your SPIRIT will remain ever-present, enveloping us, offering comfort, and especially offering love. Enjoy your ultimate freedom... (((HUGS)))
DJ St L MO
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April 2, 2008
For Queenie, a name so well deserved. You were called to be home on the next of your travels. So strong is an elephants memory as is the devotion and love that the girls all share. The loss and heartache and loneliness hover over us like the dark clouds before the rain. But we all know that after the tears and rain, come the joy of blue skies and swimming pools from heaven above. Until we meet again we will think of you when the rain and rivers come alive. Namaste dear Queenie.Love all your fans near & far
Judy Sato Vancouver,BC canada
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April 2, 2008
i am so glad that queenie knew freedom and love before she died.
robin marshall wilmington,delaware
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April 2, 2008
Namaste dear Queenie as you have gone across the Rainbow Bridge to meet your sisters. May TES and your earthbound sisters heal quickly. LOVE
shirley florida
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April 2, 2008
Dearest Queenie. I met you at Benson's when we were both children. I remember how soft you felt and how terrible I felt because you were chained. You were the first elephant I ever met. I couldn't believe it when I found you on the internet and you were safe & free!! I rejoiced with you! I truly hope that the past 2 years of service from humans who truly loved & respected you plus your wonderful herd sisters wiped away all the pain from your previous life. My prayers are for all those who had daily contact with you, who were able to touch you,talk to you, and hear your voice. I cannot imagine their grief. I hope your humans will let us all know how they and your beloved sisters progress through the coming months. I will hang the prayer flags in my back yard so you can see the prayers as they float by you.
Laura New Hampshire
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April 2, 2008
thanku queenie for blessing us with your presence. you went to quickly and we had such little time with you as a free being, the way you should have been. I hope you found peace at the sanctuary and you forgave us for hurting you so badly, I'm glad you found out that all humans aren't bad.elehugs to you and delhi. rest in peace sweet queenie. we'll never forget you.
lisa white cape cod, massachusetts
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April 2, 2008
Dear Queenie, you will be so missed - rest in peace always. It is extremely heartbreaking that you left so suddenly and way too soon; I am glad that after all those years in circus chains, you spent your last 2 years happy and carefree, joyfully squeaking surrounded by green fields, ponds, fun and friends. Hearing you on TES video always makes me smile. There is now one more ele-angel watching over the sanctuary. Sending tons of love and prayers to Queenie’s caregivers and diva sisters.
Brenda Brown Dallas, Texas
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April 2, 2008
Queenie, I actually met you once. I was 14 years old and my father took me to BAF, also known as Benson's Animal Farm. It was my first and only visit there. I had a Polaroid picture of me, you and Liz taken there, and my father had carefully written on the back, "Francis with Queenie and Liz." I remember the caption even though the photo was lost some years back. Then when you were rescued I wondered if you were the same Queenie I saw so many years back at the Animal Farm. One day when browsing through the Sanctuary site, I saw a photo from Benson's with you and Liz. You were definitely the elephant I saw when I was 14. I remember how tiny Liz was and how you seemed so very miserable. I remember a pale of water just out of reach and you tried so hard to reach it with an outstretched trunk. That memory haunted me. My daddy asked the man there to give some water to Queenie and he just scowled and gave her none. I remember Liz just being small, my primary memories were of you being chained to a tree, trying to get water and looking thoroughly sad, depressed and forlorn. That was the moment when I decided to try and help elephants. And Queenie, you were the catalyst behind this! I lost track of you. I didn't know you were in that horrible Hawthorn barn or in the circus. But now I have put the pieces together and know you were the poor thirsty elephant I saw chained when I was just a teenage girl. Queenie, I wish to God you had had longer than 2 short years in the Sanctuary. You deserved a lifetime of recovery after what you went through. But maybe all things happen for a reason. I do not believe in an afterlife for people because they are so cruel. But I firmly believe in an afterlife for animals, especially abused elephants like Queenie. You deserved more than people gave you and you never got to experience warmth until you came to Tennessee. But at least you died in freedom and surrounded by Minnie and Lottie. You will see them again one day, my sweet angel.
Francis Pearl River, NY
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April 2, 2008
I'm writing this from Heaven where I dwell with God above
Where there's no more tears or sadness, there is just eternal love
That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through
God picked me up and hugged me and He said I welcome you.

Then God gave me a list of things he wished for me to do
And foremost on that list of mine is to watch and care for you
I wish that I could tell you of all that God has planned
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand
When you think of my life on earth and all those living years
Because you're only human they are bound to bring you tears
But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain
Remember there would be no flowers unless there was some rain

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon, and night
I will always be beside you every day, week and year
And when your're sad I'm standing there to wipe away the tear
And to my very many friends, trust God knows what is best
I'm still not far away from you, I'm just beyond the crest
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb
But together we can do it, taking one day at a time.

When you are walkin down the street and you've got me on your mind
Remember I'm walking in your footstep, only half a step behind
And when you feel that gentle breeze or the wind upon your face
That's me giving you a great big hug or just a soft embrace
When it's time for you to go from that body to be free
Remember you're not going, you are coming here to me
Remember, I will always love you from the land way up above
And will be in touch again soon, P.S. God sends His Love

Goodbye Dear Queenie
Bernice Vermont
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April 2, 2008
Every girl who steps from the ele taxi is immediately engrained in our hearts. You and your sisters were part of a caravan that was long in the making....if only you had had just as much time in Sanctuary. The sisters you left behind mourn deeply and those of us who watched you grieve as well. Rest in precious peace sweet girl. Namaste Queenie
Merilee Newman Tollhouse, California
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April 2, 2008
Queenie, I never felt like I got to know you as well as some of the other TES elephants. I'm so sorry for that. I put most of my focus on the founding herd and Liz, Frieda and Billie. I knew you were best friends with Minnie and Lottie. Their devotion to you and standing guard over you was so very touching to watch on the Elecam. I am happy that you got to spend two years in paradise. That you were able to experience love and devotion from human beings, who had treated you so shamelessly and cruelly during yout previous 46 years. You passed away having known love, not just from your ele-sisters, but from your caregivers at TES. Farewell, dear Queenie. You can now run pain-free forever on the other side for eternity.
Candace Lake Arrowhead, CA
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April 2, 2008
Mere words cannot express what I am feeling since your passing was announced...I do know that I am so very thankful that you were able to live the last two years in freedom and peace, doing whatever your big heart desired. Your zest for life always left me in awe....and how you loved the ponds! My heartfelt feelings for your special caregivers at the Sanctuary....the pain they must be feeling must be unbearable. Bless you sweet girl. Namaste, dear Queenie
Susan Port Coquitlam, B. C.
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April 2, 2008
Hello Queenie & Delhi. I hope you can feel all the love and prayers that are obviously coming your way right now. I may join you soon, so in the meantime, please keep each other close and warm at the Bridge. Feel all of our loving hands on you and know that we feel your pain in passing, but grace in where you're going. You were loved by all.
J.R. Buck Mayview, IL
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April 2, 2008
Good bye sweet angel girl. My heart was so full of joy when only a few short weeks ago I read you came from Benson's. I remember feeling so sad seeing you chained and wishing you could be free I remember touching you and Liz and I felt like I could feel your sorrow I was so angry knowing people put you there. I always wondered what had happened to you as well as all the other dear creatures. Then I saw you free ,my heart sang for you You were free to roam and frolic. Oh dear creature I sang for you.As I am writing this the tears are streaming down my face I miss you so even though I really knew you. Dear angel I know you are now truly free and for that I am grateful. Run free angel girl run free.
Laurie Londonderry, NH
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April 2, 2008
How smart of you, Queenie, to step into Heaven right in the middle of your heavenly habitat on earth. Your grave will forever be known as "Queenie's Footstep". Say 'Hi' to Delhi, Jenny, Joanna, and all the rest dear sweetheart.
Nancy F Edmonds, Washington
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April 2, 2008
Gentle Queenie, you will always be with us, your soul lives on in our hearts and the hearts of your sisters. May God bless you and keep you, and bless and comfort your caregivers.
Linda Excelsior, MN
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April 2, 2008
Dear, sweet Queenie...words seem so insignificant. Beautiful face, little feet, round pot belly, and "Squeak speak" like no one else! I remember how I laughed the other night as Lottie & Min had been waiting for you to return to the barn for 10pm feed-I checked at the back gate and finally, there you were, walking slowly up that last hill, emerging from the blackness of the cloudy night. You turned your head to me, ears out, as if to say, "silly girl, I know *exactly* what time it is!" Precious, amazing gift. Thank you for the smiles every single day. Much love, peaceful journey.
Angela TES
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April 2, 2008
Dear Queenie, You were the first elephant I ever saw, you and Lizzie at Benson's Animal Farm. I remember the chain and how you rocked back and forth. I am glad you found sanctuary. We shall remember your gift to Minnie, and the gift you gave to all of us.
Dawn Vermont
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April 2, 2008
Queenie, You have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I know your friends were there waiting on the other side. You brought much joy to all and you were surrounded by much love. We will all miss you.
Dorris N. O. La. area
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April 2, 2008
Goodbye, Sweet Girl, you will never be forgotten. I love you.
Cindy Tennessee
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April 2, 2008
Dear Queenie, You and all the elephants have stolen my heart. I am amazed at how deep my grief is for another being I have never met. I learn so much from all of you every single day, especially to live in the moment and to not be afraid to love. I will miss you and will never forget you.
Sabine Zell Simsbury, CT
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April 2, 2008
Dearest Queenie, I am so glad you were able to spend time at TES and know the love and caring you so much deserved in this life. You left us too soon but may your sweet trumpets fill the heavens with song, beautiful girl!
Ann Rappel NJ
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April 2, 2008
Lullaby and good night sweet Queenie...
Colleen Knoxville, TN
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April 2, 2008
I remember watching the ele-cam and thinking.. why is that elephant not getting up? then i saw the four wheeler and the dogs.. and I got it. It was so sweet to watch Minnie and Lottie saying their goodbyes and standing over Queenie, how sad, yet so comforting. I feel honored and close to the elephants being able to watch them on the cam. thank you to all of the great staff at the sanctuary. May Minnie and Lottie heal fast.
Marylee Humphrey Seekonk, Ma.
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April 2, 2008
For our dear Queenie who became one with nature and one with the universe.

For Queenie
In Remembrance

A gentle spirit
An endearing squeak
A gracious lady
An adventurous soul
A confident being
An awesome mentor
A love for life
An impeccable demeanor
A twinkling eye
An ardor for play
A grateful aura
An irresistible smile
A steadfast friend
An undeniable joy
A sacrifice for love
An ultimate gift of healing

Barbara Borchardt El Paso, Texas
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April 2, 2008
Dearest Queenie, Your loss with us is great. As we look to Heaven, we must all come to understand the truth about life-this it is God's to give and God's to take. The difficulty is our's in letting go on this planet that He created. Peace is now with you always and forever.
Lori Michigan
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April 2, 2008
My dear, sweet, beautiful Queenie.....I hardly know what to say-I am still stunned by your passing. What a wonderful blessing to share in your life. You are deeply loved by all and will be missed forever.
M. Rogers Tucson, AZ
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April 2, 2008
Dearest Queenie, even though I never met you, I will miss you terribly. I feel so bad for your best friends Minnie and Lottie, and your wonderful caretakers who miss you more than words can say. I was too stunned to cry when I read of your passing, but when I saw the photos of Minnie and Lottie next to you, the tears flowed and my heart was broken. I am so happy you had two years of sweet freedom that you so richly deserved, even though I wish you could have had many, many more years of sanctuary. You were too young to die sweet Queenie!
Maggie Baldwin Saratoga Springs, NY
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April 2, 2008
To Queenie and the Elephant Sanctuary staff: What a blessed place! Life on this Earth and the Transition to Another Life are a celebration! Queenie left us too soon but I'm sure she was following the Eternal Timetable. Her Soul took flight and her Sisters understood. Blessings to All at the Elephant Sanctuary!
Beatriz Contreras Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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April 2, 2008
Our hearts continue to be saddened but at peace knowing that Miss Queenie was able to pass in her own way and at such a wonderful sanctuary. Death is such a mystery especially when it comes so unexpectedly, but God had a plan for Queenie and rest assured she and Delhi will never be forgotten. To see the love shared by Lota and Minnie on the Webcam moved my heart so much! Thank you for sharing that moment with all of us. May Peace guide you Queenie in your walk in heaven.
Juanita and Ani Ottawa Ks
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April 2, 2008
Dear Queenie, I just couldn't compose my goodbyes to you sooner, even now, my tears are flowing freely. I don't really believe in saying goodbye, I rather choose to say, I'll see you in heaven someday...God bless you baby girl. Give Miss Delhi a nod from me.
Theresa Siskind St Petersburg FL
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April 2, 2008
Our big beach ball of sunshine. Your adorable face and unforgettable squeak. Every night entering the barn with hundreds of squeaks, followed by trumpets of excitement from Minnie. When you and Min would play in the pond together, so silly with Minnie on your back. Your walk. I loved your walk. And you loved Minnie's toy, so much I wanted to call it Queenies toy at one time. I'll miss you forever Queenster. Our beach ball squeaker. I love you.
Kelly Costanzo Elephant Sanctuary
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April 1, 2008
I was also deeply saddened at the sudden passing of dear Queenie. Having to suffer the loss of two of your dearest friends within such a short time is almost too difficult to bear, for everyone at the sanctuary. As I too recently said about sweet Delhi, the opportunity to live the rest of her life in peace and freedom was the greatest gift of all. I almost felt as though I was intruding upon Minnie and Lottie as they stood by their dear friend and said their goodbyes, but I couldn't tear myself away. Queenie's final resting place is beautiful and serene. She had reached heaven.
Roslyn Abramovitch West Fargo, ND
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April 1, 2008
Miss Queenie, you left us so suddenly. You will be missed and never forgotten. Be at peace and now you will always be loved.
Marcy California
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April 1, 2008
I love the "Straw Hat" video and dear Queenie is the opening ele. It cheers me whenever I am sad. Thank you for your squeak, dearest Queenie, so that I may remember your voice. Thank you TES for the moments to share with Minnie and Lottie saying their goodbyes and for making Queenie's last years on this earth so incredible and free. Love to you all.
Angie Los Angeles, California
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April 1, 2008
Run free Queenie! We love you!
Stacie Wankel North Port, Florida
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April 1, 2008
Aw Queenie, I'm so sad you've gone. Maybe Delhi called...we'll never know. I'm glad you had two good years. God speed, sweetheart.
Lesley Vancouver
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April 1, 2008
Our Queenie

One wonderful day
Some mud she found
She rubbed her body
Around and around
It was fun to watch
Yet our joy reached a peak
When the sound picked up
Her delightful squeak
It made all she did
Like a playful lark
It was her unique language
It was the "Queenie Trademark."
Fay Morris Victoria, B.C.
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April 1, 2008
So sorry to hear about Queenie. It was heartbreaking to watch on the ELE-Cam Minnie and Lottie during their peaceful grieving process. Queenie's passing reminds all of us to never take anything for granted and to remember that each day is truely a gift.
Kimberly Schafer MN
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April 1, 2008
Goodbye, Queen Bee. Thank you for touching our hearts.
Nancy Orland Park, IL
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April 1, 2008
To lose two beautiful, loving and wonderful divas in such a short time frame is almost unbearable. To lose Queenie without warning and the chance to say goodbye is hard - you will be missed!
Cathi Colorado
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April 1, 2008
I was so glad to see you got to come home, to your sisters. I am so sad that it was not longer. Take care Sweet Queenie. I know Ms JoAnna, & your sisters will be there for you. Ele-Love
Vickie Myers Ashland City TN
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April 1, 2008
Queenie, I am so sad that I barely got to know you, even from a distance. At such the young age of 48 you deserved many more years of sanctuary. Queenie, your squeaks were so delightful to hear, it would always bring a smile to my face every time I would watch the Our Girls DVD. I cannot believe you are gone. Lottie & Minnie are going to miss you tremendously as will I. I was fortunate enough to see you on the Elecam before your passing I chuckled at your antics. I am sorry that your entire life was nothing but circus entertainment, until you were rescued from that awful place by the caregivers that really loved you and gave you all the pampering you deserved. Everyone at The Elephant Sanctuary loved you and you will be missed greatly. I’m sure that for whatever reason, you left us, and too soon, because I was not ready for your departure. I know that Delhi was waiting for you so that you would not be alone during your transition. Queenie, you will be missed by all! What a tender moment to see Lottie and Minnie stand by you and honor you and grieve for their sister. They were not rushed to say their final good-byes, which is so heart warming. I watched until rain & darkness fell. When I woke the next morning I immediately turned on the Elecam and they were still there, touching and mourning their loss. Queenie, I cried for your sisters, for their sorrow that could be seen and for you Queenie for leaving too soon. To all at The Elephant Sanctuary, please accept my deepest sorrow for your loss, especially for trying to recover from the loss of Delhi and now to have to endure another loss of your family. My heart goes out to all of you. The Elephant Sanctuary is a true family!
Juanita Eisinger Livonia, MI
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April 1, 2008
I love you, I miss you. Thank you for all you gave to me. I'll never forget you.
Moneen Bay Village OH
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April 1, 2008
Darling Queenie - I’m continually amazed at how elephants keep teaching me lessons in humanity. I will think of you always.
Deanna Kansas
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April 1, 2008
God bless you all. Queenie's spirit should live in all of us. She will be missed. Thank you for sharing Minnie and Lottie's beautiful good bye. We are all here for each of you in spirit. May God hold each of our hearts no matter how heavy they may be. I pray all of the girls are together cared for and caring for Joanna. Peace to you all.
Jocelyn Ohio
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April 1, 2008
Dear Queenie, I hardly got to know you. I felt a connection since (one of) my nickname(s) is Queenie and I also was born in 1959. I was heartbroken to read that you left us so quickly. You have been through so much in your life and I guess we just need to be thankful that you got to spend two years in splendid freedom with your sisters. My heart also aches for your sisters left behind and for your caregivers still missing our precious Delhi. Please shine blessings down on everyone (elephant, dog, cat, people) at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Christine Takoma Park, MD
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April 1, 2008
Queenie, may you find peace and comfort in the arms of our Mother, the Earth! Your joyous and playful Spirit will always be remembered.
Cheyla Richmond, KY
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April 1, 2008
When I heard you were gone, for the first time hearing the news one of the girls had left us, I was too stunned to cry. I did for you the next day when I knew that dear squeek of yours was gone forever and saw your friends keeping you company in the pasture. I know their big hearts must be so sad tonight as are the hearts of all there at the Sanctuary. Rest in peace, beautiful Queenie.
Lisa McDowell Huntsville (New Market), AL
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April 1, 2008
Oh Queenie, why did you leave us so soon!!!
d USA
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April 1, 2008
Dearest Queenie, You will be so missed by those who cared for you daily, and by those who only knew of you from afar. Your life is a testament to endurance, patience, forgiveness, and optimism. I am grateful to those who championed your cause, who rescued you and brought you home to Sanctuary. What follows is the last verse of a favorite poem:

A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy bay;
Some friendly barques that were anchored near
Some loving souls that my heart holds dear
In silent sorrow will drop a tear;
But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In moorings sheltered from the storm and gale
And greet the friends who have gone before
O'er the unknown sea, to the unknown shore. ~ Elizabeth Clark Hardy
Carolyn Brentwood, TN
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April 1, 2008
Fly on the wings of the angels Queenie.
SR Vancouver, BC
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