Actress Suzanne Somers died on Sunday, after a 23-year battle with breast cancer.
Somers, 76, was best known for her roles in “Three’s Company” and “Step by Step.”
Somers died one day before her birthday — her son, Bruce Somers Jr., posted a birthday card his daughter Violet sent to her grandmother, whom she affectionally called “Zannie.”
“‘Thank you’ is not enough. You’ve made me feel so loved,” wrote Violet. “I know you’ll go peacefully, but I miss you already. I’ll miss your handwriting in thick black ink on birthday cards. And satin ribbons on gifts. I’ll miss watching you eat cake, and gorge on an extra piece, because you just love your sweets.”
Violet continued: “Fearless. Unstoppable. I don’t know where you’ll go, but I hope you’ll be able to sing there. All your favorites. ‘A Song For You,’ ‘Someone to Watch Over Me,’ ‘Frim Fram Sauce.’ I wish you the warmest welcome into the other realm,” she continued. “I’m sure there will be light, and you will follow it, and see everyone you’ve ever known.”
Bruce posted the card captioned, “The Last Birthday Card for Zannie.”
Violet mentioned a few favorite people in her letter, including John Ritter who starred with Somers in “Threes Company” and died in 2003 at age 54. The New York Post reported Ritter died “after suffering an aortic dissection.”
Violet’s letter added:
“And I’m sure it will feel like a warm hug, or like being back in the womb. You’ll be so loved. And someday when I go, you’ll be the first person I hug. We’ll cook together again, and go shopping, and eat Thanksgiving dinner and ever cake you could imagine. In the meantime, I hope you just relax.
“Your legacy will remain here, and I’ll always keep you with me. I know you’ll guide me in certain moments when I need you, and in moments as a surprise. You’ll visit me as a yellow butterfly, or anything you’d like. I know you wanted to see my babies, but I guess we each have our own plan, and it’s all just a beautiful mystery. Just know we’re here, loving you.
“‘Thank you’ could never cover the gratitude,” she concluded. “So it goes … I love you more than you know.”
Somers’ son, Bruce, also shared a tribute to his mother, Suzanne:
“She soared higher than most can dream. She protected those who didn’t have a voice. She asked the questions most didn’t know to ask.
“She shared her challenges and brought light to solutions. To so many she was a brave warrior who articulated their fears. She wasn’t fearless, but she faced them so we could learn. She was a friend, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entertainer, an icon, and a legend,” he continued. “But to me, she was just Mom. I had the privilege as the only person who could call her that. Growing up, it was us against the world. And then she took the world by storm.”
Somers was surrounded by her husband, Alan Hamel, and family when she died.
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