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Sad news: Une triste nouvelle concernant ma belle-mère

It is with great sadness that my family and I announce that Michèle-France--mother, belle-mère and granny extraordinaire--has passed away on Christmas Eve. 

We will share more about her life when we return to France for her funeral, which will take place on January 4th, 4 pm local time in France.  

Kristi, Jean-Marc, Max, and Jackie 


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Linda Holt

Désolée, Jean-Marc and Kristi, Max, and Jackie. We are so sorry to hear this news and will hold you close in our thoughts. Much love, Linda and Nancy


My sympathies to all the family.

Jeanette Locker

I am so sorry. She seemed like a loving and wonderful woman

Karen Bardelcik

Oh, non. Vous avez mes condoleances.


My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Nancy Stilwagen

Ahh, my heart goes out to you and your family in your pain. Such sad news.


I am sorry for the family’s loss.



so sorry. May good memories sustain you.

Deborah Frost

I am so sorry to learn of your sad news. May her memory be a blessing.


Prenant part à votre douleur, nous vous présentons nos sincères condoléances.
Jim et Bonnie de Colorado Springs, CO


Our dear Kristi Jen Marc,Max,and Jackie,
There are no words to express our deepest sympathies.
Please know that cherished Grannit,and all of you,are uppermost in our prayers and thoughts.
Our arms are around you.
Natalia. Xo

Alyssa Eppich

My sympathies to you, Kristi, Jean-Marc, Max and Jackie So very sad.....

Roseann Milano

Oh, Kristi, I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. Condolences to all your family.


So very sorry. Sending love and prayers for healing to your entire family.


So sorry to hear about your loss. I wish peace for your family. From all your writings she was clearly a wonderful lady.


So sorry to hear of her passing especially at this time of year. May her memories be kept in your hearts.

Andrea Hughes

Condolences to you and your family! The loss of a loved one is particularly difficult during the hoidays!

Jan in Colorado

So very sorry for your loss.


So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts our with you and your family.

Jacqueline Kennedy

My condolences to you, your husband and family. My mother died 18 years ago on Christmas. There is always a little sadness on this otherwise joyful time of the year


Sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Pamela Wing

Oh no, I am so sad. I have followed your journey for years and I feel like I knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bernie & Rosemary

So sorry for your loss.

Sue Anderson

Oh my dears, I am so sorry to hear this!My thoughts and prayers are with you. According to your posts,she was such a loving influence on your family. You have many wonderful memories to carry you through this sad time.

John Newman

I'm so sorry, Kristin! She appears to have lived a very happy and long life and I know having you for a daughter in law was among her greatest happinesses.


jean Palmer

Deepest sympathy to you all.

Lynn Worn

May she rest in peace. My prayers for you all.


Sending condolences to you and all your family.

Polly Adkins

Prayers and comfort to you, Kristi, and Jean-Marc and your family. Such a well-lived life! It is so hard! Blessings to you all.

Kate Dickerson

I'm so sorry for you all. I have really enjoyed reading about her over the years - and her recipes, too! I look forward to your memories of a lovely woman. xxoo

Alice Farley

I hold you and your family in the light as you celebrate the life of your belle-mère who brought joy and happiness to your family.


We are so deeply sorry to hear of your sad loss Kristi. May all of your family's beautiful memories bring comfort and peace. What a cherished, beloved woman. She brought such warmth and joy. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.💗

Marcia Stoub

So very sorry.....sending prayers for peace and comfort to you and your family.


Sincere condolences to all of you. So sorry for your loss.

Betsy Brill

Our arms are around you and your family... Betsy and Ken

Sue Lennox

So very sorry to hear your sad news.

phyllis morton

So Sorry. so good that you and Jackie were able to visit her before trip. Harder on or near holidays to loose loved ones.


May your belle-mere's love and talents shine through your children, and memories of her live on in your family stories, recipes and recollections. Talk about her often, and let yourself cry. So sorry for your loss, and wishing you strength and happiness.

Anne Boyes

Love and prayers for her and all who mourn her.


Oh non, ma chere Kristin! I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother, mother in law and grandmaman. My thoughts and prayers for your family as you mourn this lovely lady whom we, your readers, feel is a part of all of us. Sending love and light and peace. And praying for safe travels as you return to France.

Ann Raven

I am very sorry to hear that your Mother-in-Law has passed away. She looks like a very sweet person in your photos. Ann Raven

Elaine Moulden

Precious Belle-Mere.....she is with the angels now. May God’s healing hand caress all her family now.....
With love and prayers...Elaine


Chere Kristi I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Please give Jean-Marc my sincere condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

So sorry to hear of your sad loss. Our love and thoughts are with you and your family during this tough time. Liz Tapley

Mary and Rod Neely

We are so sorry Kristi, we feel we know her and how much you love and respect her. Out thoughts and prayers are with you Jean Mark


Chère Kristi,
Il y a une expression, “Nothing’s lost that love remembers”, auteur inconnu.
Je prends part à votre peine.

Laura and Jim

So sorry for your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jean Marc, Max and Jackie💖

Elaine Wilson

Your loss is especially sad because Michèle-France--mother, belle-mère, was such an extraordinary woman. Memories and her legacy of love will continue to live.


Deepest condolences to you, Jean-Marc, and your whole family at this time of great loss.

Linda Karber

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We loved hearing about Michèle-France. Such a wonderful lady. Her passing will leave a hole in your hearts that hopefully time will fill with happy memories.



So sorry for your family’s great loss. I love the French term for a spouse’s mother: belle-mère. C’est une expression de tendresse et d’admiratIon. You always wrote about her with true affection.


My sincere condolences on your sad loss. My thoughts are with you all and especially with Jean-Marc.

Janine Cortell

Dear Jean-Marx, Kristi, Max and Jackie:
My sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful mother, mother-in-law,grandmother. She lived a life surrounded by her loving family and I am sure you will continue to have wonderful memories of all the time you spent with her. Janine

Marie LaSalle

So, so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Marie LaSalle

Susan Harmon

I am so sorry for your immense loss. Much love to you all.

Kirs and Eric In Brittany

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Sarah La Belle

My deepest sympathies on your loss, and such a loss to your family.

Julie Schorr

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your whole family.

Patricia Sands

What sad news, Kristi. You shared her in such a beautiful way with your readers, it leaves us with a legacy of love and recipes. <3

Robin Lewin

So very sorry to hear of your loss. We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one.


I am so sorry for your loss. I also lost my mother last month. Keep the happy memories alive.

LIfe ends. Love does not. Sympathies to you and yours.


So sorry to learn of your family’s loss. You seem to have had such a good relationship with your mother-in-law. She must have been a remarkable woman.

pamela singer

I am so sorry for your loss she looks like she lived a full and beautiful life.. I am sure you helped to contribute to that overall joy...May she rest in peace and a surprise flower appear in the Spring in your garden...pamela singer

Vance Anderson -Inks

Sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with Jean-Marc, you, Jackie and Max. A beautiful soul.

Kris and Eric In Brittany

I should learn to spell my own name.


My sinceret Sympathies to you and your family.

Kitty Wilson-Pote

Loving sympathy to you all, my Dears, at the loss of 'Grannit' Michèle-France. Hard for you to be away from home and the rest of your famille franҫaise when the news reached you. A profound blow, even though expected, particularly for J-P to whom we send special love. This warm and lively woman dwells in your hearts forever: I am sure that you'll find her presence with you still and always. January 4th will be a superb, sorrowful yet sweet occasion as you honour her together. So glad she became a special person to us, your readers, too. Thank you for that.


Dear Kristi and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother-law/mother/grandmother. She filled many roles, and I'm sure she'll be missed in each one of them.
May she Rest In Peace, and may all of you find comfort in warm and loving memories of her.
In sympathy,

Cynthia Lewis

My sincere condolences for this loss of a very special member of your family ... may you be comforted by the wonderful memories you have of times spent with her.

Melissa Strait

I was so very sad to read this news. Your belle-mére was a lovely, loving person who always seemed (to me) that she was so happy with life.
Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss.


Mes sincères condoléances, à vous et à votre famille.


My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the memories of her life and love sustain you during this time.


Dear Kristi,
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this sad time.

Barbara Berndt

Bien chère famille de Marie-France,

Recevez toutes mes condoléances les plus sincères. Que c'est triste d'être si loin les uns des autres en ce moment. Pourtant vous serez tous ensemble pour l'adieu du 4. Je vous tiens dans mon cœur et les pensées.

Kathleen Baldwin

So sad! Thinking of you.


Je suis tres desole que vous avez perdu votre mere. Maintenant elle habite avec les etoiles.


Please know that my most sincere sympathies are with you all. May she Rest In Peace and May you all live with her loving memories.

Vicki Armstrong

so sorry and sad for your loss.


Je vous adresse mes sincères condoléances.

Sue J.

My sympathies to you and your dear family.

Susan Stafford

Mes sincères condolences.

Danielle Wierengo

Jean-Marc and Kristi and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May the good memories help to support you.


No-one has words that can ease the pain; especially that of Jean-Marc. It is so hard when you were not with someone you love so much at the end of their life. At times, life really sucks. The emptiness on your return will be profound and you will all have much to cope with. BUT, remember, through your thoughts and through your eyes many people have been able to appreciate your belle-mère and she will be there forever.

John H Abeles MD

To use my Jewish condolence:

I Wish You and Your Family Long and Sweet Lives!

I hope the pain lasts only as long as it should and that her memory will grace your lives forever ...


Mim (Richmond,VA)

My condolences to your family.


My sympathies to you and all your family.

Victoria and Gerald Stone

Much love, hugs,and prayers to you and your family.

Marjorie Recinos

My sincerest condolences to you and your family. She will always be of blessed memory.

Jeri Webb

So sorry for your loss. I am sending peaceful thoughts to you and your family.


Dears Kristi and JM-
so sorry for your loss, and looking forward to the celebration of her life as you post memories.


So sorry for your loss, Kristi.


So sorry for your family Kristi, please pass on our condolences to Jean Marc. Safe travels home.


My heart breaks for you and your entire family; my own mother died unexpectedly last year on Christmas Eve (vehicle accident) and it has made an otherwise joyous season very sad for me. I echo the remarks made by others that your belle-mere was clearly cherished by her family and the love returned by her to you. May memories sustain you as you move forward.

Kathleen from Connecticut

So sorry to hear about about the lose of Jean Marc’s mother. Our prayers are with you and your family. She will live in your memories as you remember all of the wonderful times that you shared with her.



I am so sorry, Kristi, JM, Jackie, Max and your extended family. Such a sudden loss and being so far away make it harder to comprehend. My prayers go out to you all as you mourn her passing. Safe trip home.

Judy Knudson

I am so sorry, Kristin. Sending love hugs, and pease to all of you. I wish there was something I could do to help ease your pain!

Barbara Fee

Vraiment désolé pour votre perte de familles. I hope this is a correct sentiment. She will be missed.

Maureen Winterhager

So sorry, Kristin - how sad for you all....
Will look forward to the celebration of her life when you post memories and photos.
Love and hugs, Maureen

Denise Bennett

With deepest sympathy

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