Lilian Jackson Braun

Died: Sat., Jun. 4, 2011

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Lilian Jackson Braun, Author - A Remarkable Life

Lilian Jackson Braun Bettinger, a prolific best-selling author of The Cat Who mystery series for more than 40 years, died at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, SC on June 4, 2011.  She was 97 and had lived in Tryon, NC for the past 23 years.

Her death was announced by her husband, Earl Bettinger, always referred to in her book dedications as "The Husband Who".  She died of natural causes.

Ms. Braun wrote 31 books (2 collections of short stories and 29 the Cat Who books).

Dutton published her first book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, in 1966.  The New York Times labeled her "the new detective of the year".  Two more followed with critical acclaim (The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off).  There was an 18-year hiatus between the third and fourth books.

"By the time I had written the fourth one, tastes in mysteries had changed.  They wanted sex and violence, not kitty-cat storied.  Gore was not my style, so I just forgot about The Cat Who.  I had a full time job on a newspaper and it was exciting and I had a wonderful social life, so who needed it?"

She resumed the series, with the encouragement of her husband, Earl Bettinger, after her retirement from the Detroit Free Press in 1984.

Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of the fourth in the series, The Cat Who Saw Red in 1986.  Within two years, Berkeley released four new novels and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties.  G.P. Putnam's Sons has since published twenty-one The Cat Who novels, one each year through 2007.

The Cat Who novels, considered light, humorous mysteries, have been translated into 16 languages, distributed worldwide, and sold in the millions.  Her books were standards on the New York Times best seller list.  Beginning in 1990, her books reached the prestigious list for 20 consecutive years.

Through 29 books, avid readers followed the lives of Jim Qwilleran and his mystery solving Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum and the quirky characters of Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere.

Booklist commented on The Cat Who series, "With its familiar characters, cozy plots and happy endings, this series remains as comforting as a warm cat in your lap on a rainy day."

Ms. Braun often said her characters and settings were composites of people and places she knew.  She made her protagonist a male with a moustache so that people would not think her fiction was autobiographical.

Often asked where the fictional Moose County really was, Braun would say, "In my head.  It can be anywhere you want it to be."

Of her mystery-solving Siamese cat, Koko, she said, "When your detective is a cat you are somewhat limited.  He doesn't speak English, doesn't leap tall buildings like Supercat, he just does what a normal cat would do.  But there are things he does that draw attention to clues that solve the mystery.  So you have to begin with something a cat will reveal a clue, and develop it from there.  Of course, when you are writing about a cat solving mysteries you can't be entirely serious."

She wrote all of her books in long hand and then typed them herself.  They were published with limited editing.  "I don't pay attention to the publishing business.  I just write my kitty-cat stories."

Ms. Braun (who once wrote "A dog has his day, but cats have 365") retired from writing in 2007 after the publication of The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers.

Lilian Jackson Braun Bettinger was born on June 20, 1913 in Willimansette, Chicopee Falls, MA.  Her father, Charles Jackson, was an inventor and industrial manufacturing troubleshooter.  Her mother, Clara Ward Jackson, was a homemaker.  Her father's work took them to Rhode Island, Brooklyn NY and to Detroit MI.  Ms. Braun lived in Michigan until retiring to North Carolina.

Ms. Braun inherited her mother's story telling talent.  "My mother could describe a trip to the grocery store and make it sound hilarious."

Writing was a lifelong passion.  "I always wrote, first for fun, then for an advertising job, then for a newspaper, and then for The Cat Who readers."

After a short stint as a waitress (lasting less than a week) Ms. Braun went to work for Detroit department stores, beginning as a copywriter and ending as the director of public relations.  She took time off to write her first three books and then accepted a position as the "The Good Living" editor for the Detroit Free Press.  She wrote feature articles on interior design, art and architecture, as well as reviews of kitchen gadgets and other household products.  She remained with The Detroit Free Press for 30 years.

While working in advertising, Ms. Braun designed a house for her parents.  She secured the loan, provided the architects with the design and had the house custom built in Dearborn, MI.  It was the first time her parents lived in their own home.  They resided there until their deaths.

In 2005 The Polk County Public Library in Columbus, NC held a Tribute to Lilian Jackson Braun for her lifetime achievement and community involvement.  It was an evening of song, limericks, readings and tributes.  Ms. Braun served as the honorary writer in residence for the library as well as honorary chairperson of the 2005 library card sign-up campaign, where she created the tag line, "A library card is the beginning of a lifelong adventure".

Ms. Braun was preceded in death by husband, Louis Paul Braun, a sister, Florence Jackson, and a brother, Lloyd Jackson.  She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Earl Bettinger.

No memorial services will be held.  Donations may be made to Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, 260 Fairwinds Road, Landrum, SC  29356.

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Nell Deaver
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011

These have been extremely difficult months for both of you, I''m sure. You have my sincere sympathy.


Novajean Monroe
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the family---I have read and enjoyed all of her books and in her honor, I plan to reread them!!!!!

Cheryl Markiewicz
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
I am saddened by Ms. Brauns'' passing. Her books brought me such great joy. RIP. You will be missed.

Ashley McConnell
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Nothing can make up for the stories forever untold, which is our loss; or the absence of a loved one, which is yours. In this much at least, we share your grief. I am so sorry for your loss.

Joules Barbos
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
The world is a sadder place without her in it. All my sympathies.

Carrie Padgett
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
I''m saddened to hear of Ms. Braun''s passing. Her books brought me many hours of enjoyment. She will be missed by many, I''m sure.

Tondra Bowers
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
I was saddened to just learn of Ms. Braun''s passing. I had a brief correspondence with her in the 90''s and still have the letters. I hold them dear to my heart.

When I wrote her publisher making a request of Ms. Braun, I was shocked that I got a direct response from her. It says a lot about her character to take the time to respond to my request, grant the request and then to go even further than I imagined.

I moved from Michigan to Hendersonville about 6 years ago and remembered that Ms. Braun lived in Tryon. I wanted so much to contact her, but did not want to intrude upon her personal space.

It was very evident that she loved her husband dearly and I give him my condolences. May God hold you in his hand during this time and ease your pain as time goes by.

Tondra Bowers

Pam McNeil
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Earl, my heart goes out to you in this loss. It was always a joy to see you and Lilian together at any event, and know how much you loved each other and how much joy you have brought to us here in the area - you with your theater work and Lilian with her "Cat" books. God bless and be with you!

Kate Higgins
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
This Kat will miss the marvelous "Cat Who" author. I know she will be missed by her fans. My condolences to her family.
97! Wow, what a ride!

Mary Raines
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Earl, thanks so much for allowing me to visit Lillian. She was a sweet lady. I will be thinking of you at this sad time. Mary

Holly Sutherland
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
I am so saddened to hear of Ms. Braun''s passing. I enjoy her books so much. I''m not a big reader. Her books are so fun to read though, that it makes it such a pleasure. I am thankful to have discovered her books and for what a prolific writer she was. My condolences to her family. I will remember you in my prayers.

Ellen M. Dygert
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
I am very sad to hear of Lillian''s passing. I have enjoyed every one of her books. My sincere condolances to the family.

Arleine vonWagner
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Our world is a sadder place without Miss Lilian. My husband and I are lovers of the Cat Who series. I also want to add that Miss Lilian inspired me to start working on my own book series again. I thought I was too old. Bless her for being a constant encouragement.

Our hearts go out to Earl, "the husband who"

Ron & Arleine

Dawna Pearson
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I am very sorry to hear of your wife''s passing. I am praying for you and your family. BIG HUGS!

Les West
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I first fell in love with The Cat Who books back in high school. Everything was so detailed I could see every nook and cranny in my head. The literature world has lost a beloved treasure.

Joan Ludlow
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Moose County may be anywhere but Pickax was in the Thumb of Mi. I am from Bad Axe and my mother was a casual friend of Ms. Braun''s. I will never forget my mom asking Ms. Braun for an autograph for me, as we both loved her books. Ms. Braun came to our home and autographed several books for me. To my delight, the autograph included a stamp from Koko, my favorite character. Ms. Braun was so kind and gracious and I bragged for years about the best-selling author who came to our home. I''ll never forget her kindness to me, and I still have all the books. I was very sad to discover she is gone but I am grateful for the chance I had to meet her and grateful for the delight her books brought to me and my mother.

jackie puma
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
i am so sorry for your miss lillian will be greatly missed

Shaaron Kirkwood
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
As one of her many, many fans,I send condolences on the passing of Miss Lilian. She will be missed, but she has left behind a wonderful legacy of books that will be enjoyed, over and over, by an adoring fan base.

Donna Curtis
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
As a fan of many years, the death of such a wonderful writer saddens me, more so because of the date.

To the family I would say that after 33 years, you know her so well and loved her so much that she will always be with you. Right, now she is with Koko and Yum Yum over the Rainbow Bridge and they are loving having her with them again.

Please accept my condolences in the spirit in which they are meant and know that LJB will live on through her books.

Shawn McNeil
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
All I can say is Lilian Jackson Braun the author who . . .

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My condolences on the passing of Ms. Braun. Her books, "The Cat Who...," always brought a smile to face and were a great read when I needed to de-stress. I always looked forward to her next book. May she rest in peace.

Carol Maroni
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Lilian Braun will be missed. I would grab her books as soon as they came out, and then anxiously wait for the next one. She will live on in her books. What a wonderful fullfilling life she lead! Bless you Lilian Braun Bettinger!

Trish Green CNA
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Mr. Bettinger, I''m truly sorry for the lose of Ms. Lillian. She was such a pleasure to care for while she was still at home with you. Getting to know her and her wonderful sense of humor was truly a great experince for me. Bless you "The Husband Who".

Diana Essert and Mary Small
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
We appreciate the many enjoyable years of reading she gave us.

Billie Penick
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I am saddend to here of Mrs.Braun''s passing. My mother-n-law turned my on to, "The Cat Who" books 20 years ago. I own many of them reach I still read. Thank you Mrs. Braun for allowing us into the world of Koko and Yum Yum!

Rita Owens
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Lillian Jackson Braun may be gone but she will live on in the hearts and minds of all that have held her books in their hands and read her printed words. May she rest in peace.

Dee White
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I''m so sorry to hear of Ms. Braun''s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting her once and she was a kind and gracious lady. I''m grateful for the many hours of reading pleasure she gave to her faithful fans.

Peggy Cole
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I loved her books. She will be greatly missed. All of us were waiting for the last book. I''m so sorry for your loss. It is felt by all of us.

Jacqueline Wilson
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Lillian J. Braun''s passing. I''m sure she is North of everywhere reading the Pickax Something while sipping a glass of Squunk Water wondering what our problem is--she had a fantastic life and left a great legacy. Thank you, LJB.

Margo Plyler
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Lilian Jackson Braun will live on through her books. She has left a legacy for us as long as we read and remember her stories. We love KoKo and Yum Yum and Qwill and all the others from her books as family. Rest in peace dear one.

Patti Kelley
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I''m so sorry for your loss of your life Lillian Jackson Braun. I''m a very BIG fan of The Cat Who ....series. I also joined an internet club called The Cat Who Club. I have read and reread her books time after time. You have my deepest sympathy and I will be missing her also. With all my condolences

Kimberley Kozlowski
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Ms. Braun''s passing leaves a hole in my heart. As a native of Michigan''s Detroit area and lover of cats and mysteries, I was drawn to her books in the late 70''s. However her incredible talent inspired me to pursue a writing career and achieve my own dream of publishing a novel. I now appreciate the pleasure she enjoyed by putting her heart into her beloved stories and entertaining readers around the world. My sincerest appreciation goes to her for providing me with wonderful, memorable years spent with Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum. I will never look at a Siamese cat or a man with a big moustache without thinking of her. My heartfelt condolences to you, Mr. Bettinger, and your family.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. We all lost a wonderful person. I looked forward to her next book, then next. Her books made my life better.
My deepest condolence to you and your family.

Wendy Wichelt
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Sending profound gratitude for all that Ms. Braun gave to the world. Her writings are a gift -- wonderfully witty, just so smart and uplifting. I appreciate the world she created with Qwill, Koko, Yum Yum and friends. I will miss them all. May good memories keep her close to you. I think of her and must smile.

Barbara Hollander
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I never met Ms. Braun, but I loved her books and am glad she stayed away from violence and gore. That is what made her stories so special. I feel like I knew her, and would have wanted to be friends with her. Thank you for sharing this page so that I could tell you what a wonderful writer I thought she was, and I believe a wonderful person. My sympathy is with you now in your loss.

Regina Mize (w/a Rechelle Owens)
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
It is with great sadness that I leave my condolences after the death of such a beloved fellow author. My heart goes out to Ms. Braun''s family during this difficult time.

Penny McIntosh
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Ms. Braun''s passing leaves the world void of a brilliant author and wonderful human being.

Ginger Hipszky
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
LJB''s passing leaves me feeling as if there is a huge hole in the world. I am so happy to have discovered her books. So many laughs and much wishing for time at the cabin. To the "The Husband Who" thanks for sharing her with all of us.

Pamela Thomas
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. As a fan of The Cat Who... series for many years I am also sorry there will be no more adventures with Qwill, Koko and YumYum.
RIP Miss Braun.

RLB Hartmann
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Today I just read of Ms. Braun''s passing, and am saddened more than I can say. I''ve read and re-read her Cat Who books with much enjoyment over the years, and my one regret is that I never got to meet her.

Casandra Perry
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Mr. Bettinger and Ms. Braun''s family:

You have the deepest sympathies of my family in this time of your loss. Ms. Braun''s books were a great favorite of mine - who can love cats without loving the immortal and completely unusual Kao'' Ko Kung? Ko-Ko and Yum Yum were "our" cats and through them, we grew to love all of the characters of Moose County. Thank you. Thank you for loving and supporting this wonderful woman whose life enriched the world. I pray you can be comforted in this time of loss by knowing how much she was loved on this Earth.

Goodbye, Qwill. Goodbye, Polly. Goodbye, Ko-Ko and Yum-Yum. Goodbye Ms. Braun who brought them so beautifully to life.

With God''s blessings on you and yours,

Cassie Perry, Jackson, GA

Dawn Palka
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My deepest condolences to Ms Braun''s friends and family. I loved the Cat Who...series, and her short stories. "Phut Phat Concentrates" is especially good.

Dawn from MD

Peter Obermaier
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Wir danken Ms. Braun herzlich für die schoenen Bücher mit Qill, Koko und Yumyum. LJB brachte viele frohe Stunden in unser Haus. Ms. Braun wird in ihren Buechern und in unseren Herzen weiterleben.
Wir denken an ihren Ehemann und an ihre Familie.

Familie Obermaier/Ampfing/Bavaria/Germany

Rita Williams
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
So sad we lost such a wonderful writer as Ms Braun. I have many of her book and have loved everyone of them. She knew how to bring her characters to life. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and close friends. She will be missed.

Rita Williams
Mount Airy, NC

barbara p
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Me deepest smpathies to Mr Bettinger and the family. Know that she brought interest and lighthearted fun to all with her books. Having grown up in Detroit, I do remember her writing for the paper. The Detroit News was a part of our daily lives growing up and so was she. She wrote so many articles for the Life section, her name was a staple in the state. I had no idea when I picked up my first ''cat who'' about 10 years ago that we had a Michigan connection. Moving to South Carolina 3 years ago, I realized that you and your wife had moved to warmer weather also, but the snow and change of seasons always remains in ones heart.
Lillian Jackson Braun Bettinger has left a lasting legacy. I am sure a four footed firend was waiting ''at the bridge'' to be with her.
Again, deepest sympathies.

Marjorie Cunningham
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Forever in my thoughts, thank you for the many, many wonderful hours spent reading your books. What a blessing your life was for readers all over the world, and for cat lovers like me who know that cats are truly amazing animals. I cherish your memory.

Valerie Moon
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Thank you to Lillian Jackson Braun for the journeys around Moose County, for the pleasure of the company of Qwill, Polly and friends, and especially Yum Yum and "The Cat Who" had a wonderful creator. We are richer for having known her, even if only through books. My deep sympathy to her family.

Jane M. Dishman
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
From Kimesville, N. C....I never knew her, but I have read all of her books. Since I have 3 cats & 1 dashhound , it was so nice to read a cat book. I read her books out loud to my cats, and they all sat there and listened to my reading. I shall miss her wonderful books.
My deepest smpathies and prayers to Mr. Bettinger and her family.

Susan B
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I want to express my dearest sympathy to Mr. Bettinger and family. I fell in love with Qwill, KoKo and Yum Yum 13 years ago and always turn to them to put a smile on my face. Mrs. Bettinger''''s talent brought so much joy into the lives of her fans and will continue to do so because of her timeless works.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My sincere condolence to "The Husband Who" We, along with you feel the loss of this Treasure. She will live on in her books for future generations.
RIP dear lady.

Iris Grewing Spencer
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Braun. I have been the happy recipient of many enjoyable hours of reading, thanks to her and her wonderful stories. I will be one of many to miss her delightful humor, and accomplished writing skills.

Cats and a Book
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Deepest sympathies to "the husband who" and all of her readers whose lives were enriched by her classic mysteries . . . and Koko and Yum-Yum, of course. What lovely diversions she created for us, for which we are grateful!

Susan C
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My sincere condolences to The Husband Who and the family members Ms Braun left behind. However,she is alive in her books which will be treasured for generations to come. Thank you so much Lillian, for all you did for your fellow writers.

jack nunes
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My sincerest sympathies to Mr Bettinger and family. Ms. Braun will be missed and never forgotten by all that knew her through her stories and books. You will be in our prayers.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
It was a shock to learn of her passing.Her books were a great joy to me and has been for years,BLESS YOU ALWAYS AND THANKS FOR THE CAT BOOKS!!!

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Your books made a huge impact on my life! I cannot express how much you will be missed.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Lilian''s family. I will forever love her for the gift of Koko, Yum Yum, and Jim Qwilleran, (with a QW). Rest in Peace beautiful, gentle lady. You will be missed.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
In The Cat Who Moved a Mountain Ms Lillian used my husband''s name as one of the characters and he does not have a very common name. Thru a local book store I sent her a note asking about it. She sent me a lovely note in reply. I will always remember that. She will be greatly missed.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Thank to Mr. Bettinger for allowing the funeral home to post this page. I am a big fan of the Cat Who series. It has brought me many hours of enjoyment, laughter and comfort. I imagine Ms. Braun was much the same. My condolences for your loss.

Jan Buckner, Livingston MT

Judy S.
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I just recently read two of Ms. Braun''s books. They were wonderful as I am a cat lover. I could picture in my mind the stories I read and especially KoKo and Yum Yum, I just loved the cats. It is an honor to know that this beautiful writer lived in our community. My deepest sympathy goes to her family. Her stories will be missed.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I am so sad now. I loved me some Cat Who books. I have every one of them. I reread them because i love cats and I think they are people, too. Ms. Lilian was one of the very best . . . she will be missed, and I will pray for her tonight. I will remember her always. She will live forever through her books and fans like me. My sympathy to the husband who, you were very much beloved.

Nancy Owens
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I loved her writings. Missed no new books for awhile. Her books will be read and reread for years to come. Thanks for encouraging her to write again. Where would we have been without you also? Bless you.

Steve White, Hendersonville N.C.
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My heart and prayers go out to all the family members. I have and my mom has every book she has written. We have enjoyed them with smiles and the knowledge of how animals play an important part of our lives. I thank all the family members who supported her writing. Very sincerely.
Steve White

Chantelle Aimée
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I began the "Cat Who" series around age 10, little knowing the impact Lilian Jackson Braun would have on my life. Today I sit writing this, a mystery writer with a Siamese cat. Thank you Ms. Braun for all the fun, the antics, and fostering the joy of reading. My condolences to the Bettinger family - she will be greatly missed, and always remembered.

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
I''m deeply saddened by her passing. From the first dogeared paperback I picked up to the last book of the adventures of Quill,koko and yum yum. She was my favorite author. She brought such great joy to my reading and will always remember her each time I reread her books. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Rip sweet lady

Ruth Miller
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Mr Bettinger, So sorry to hear of your loss, your wife''''s writing touched so many lives. We talk of our Tryon times often, and remember you fondly. Ruth formerly of Ruth''''s Place

Gary Svoboda
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
There''s no way to dress death in a pretty dress, but Earl and Mrs. Braun''s family can take some solace in the knowledge that she left behind a legacy which will provide, and has already provided, enjoyment for generations of readers. RIP, Lilian, Qwill, KoKo and Yum Yum.

   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I''m very sad this day... My sincere condolences to "the Husband Who" and the family of Mrs BRAUN. My mother and I love her books. She was a wonderful woman.
Thanks for delightful moment we had/have in reading.
We think about you.
Magali and Christiane (from FRANCE)

Kate Evans
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I will be forever thankful to Ms. Braun for her Cat Who tales (tails?) for the many, many hours of pleasure. Like mac & cheese is a comfort food, the Cat Who''s are comfort books, to be enjoyed over and over.

Nathalie Kohler from France
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Dear Mr. Bettinger,
I prefer to write in french because my english is not very good. Sorry for this inconvenience.
Je vous présente mes sincères condoléances. J''espère de tout coeur que le temps apaisera votre douleur, à vous, à sa famille proche, ainsi que ses amis proches.
J''ai 41 ans et je n''ai jamais été fan de chanteur ou quoique ce soit d''autre. Mais l''univers que Lilian a su créer, m''a réellement transporté ! Quel talent ! Avec quelle impatience j''attendais chaque parution de ses livres en langue française. Alors oui, je peux dire que je suis fan de son oeuvre.
Ici, en France, elle a beaucoup de succès : il y a une page qui lui est consacrée en français sur Facebook et moi-même j''ai créée un blog d''informations sur son oeuvre.

La maman de Koko et Yom Yom restera pour toujours dans nos coeurs.

Pour l''heure, sachez que je suis de tout coeur avec vous. Bien qu''habitant très loin, j''espère que vous trouverez dans ces quelques mots de sympathie, un peu de réconfort.

Larry Jelinek
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
My deepest sympathies and prayers to Mr. Earl Bettinger and family. For 24 years Lilian''s books have brought me great joy and shall continue to do so as I read them again and again. You shall always be remembered in the hearts of your readers and live on through your books. God Bless you dear lady.

Carolyn Smith
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Lillian Jackson Braun brought pleasure to countless readers. She will be missed, but her legacy lives on for future generations of readers. Blessings on your family.

   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Permettez moi de vous exprimer toute ma sympathie et vous présenter mes sincères condoléances. Lilian nous manque déjà, toutes et tous. Il me reste ses livres, son visage, et mes fidèles amis, chats du Siam, Neko et Pryam.

Beste Barki
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I was reading one of Ms. Braun''s books when I was given the sad news. There are many more Cat Who books I will read and celebrate Ms. Braun and Qwill, Koko and Yum-Yum. My deepest sympathies to her family.

Trudy Jewell
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Lillian Jackson Braun. I cannot begin to tell of the hours of pleasure that her books brought me. Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear, dear wife, Mr. Bettinger. I just wish my words could express the deep sorrow that I am feeling today. I am so deeply sorry. My prayers are with you and yours during this very difficult time. I will treasure the time I continue to spend with her through her books. Blessings to you.

Claire Grand
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Toutes mes condoléances pour le décès de Madame Lillian Jackson Braun dont j''ai adoré la série des "chats qui".J''ai lu et relu des dizaines de fois ses livres et j''avais l''impression que leurs personnages faisaient partie de ma famille.Beaucoup de courage à vous tous.Mes pensées traversent l''océan et vont vers vous.

   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
We''ll miss Lilian very much. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Anaïs Cruzel
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Depuis la France, j''adresse ce simple message de condolénaces, pour les proches d''une grande dame dont j''ai lu et relu les livres merveilleux. merci chère Lilian, pour ces heures de paix et d''évasion, passées en compagnie de Jim et de Koko et Yom-Yom. Vos livres m''ont soutenue dans des moments difficiles et réjouie dans des moments de bonheur et d''insouciance.

   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
un petit message de France pour vous dire avec quelle tristesse je viens d''apprendre la disparition de Mme Jackson Braun. Je souhaite beaucoup de courage à ses proches ainsi qu'' à son mari dans cette terrible épreuve. A travers ses personnages si attachants, on sentait qu''elle était une belle personne. Bien sincèrement

Debbie Ebersold
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I am so sorry to have learned that Ms. Braun has passed away. I enjoyed many hours of reading all the books which I have now collected. I first stumbled up her first book in the ''70''s and was immediately taken by the novelty and whimsy in her story and her unique cat, Koko. I kept looking for a follow up book and finally found them again - guess because she was not writing them - in the 90''s. She will be missed by me and many others.

   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I am sorry to hear of Ms. Braun''s passing. Qwill, Koko, and Yum-Yum have been with me on every beach I have visited for the past 20 years. My deepest condolences to her family.

   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the family. I''ve enjoyed several of Ms. Braun''s books. She''s left a great legacy with those funny and entertaining stories.

Jean from Mt Washington Valley, New Hampshire
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Thank you for being "The husband who" and may I add my name to this long list of devoted fans of Lillian. We live in an area that is in so many respects like Pickax. I also wrote a fan letter years ago, and still hang onto her personal reply. I treasure every single one of her books, and turn to them for the warmth and humor she always brought. I have them all in paperback, and always have one by my bed, so that my last thoughts are always pleasant. My sincere regrets for your personal loss; I hope you may find a little comfort knowing how many loyal fans she had and who will continue to reread the wonderful world she created. Lillian will not be forgotten!

Gerhard Doering and Lawrence James (The Alden Company)
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011

You and Lilian made such an impression on us back in ''97 (when you purchased Hubbard screen sculpture for your pool house), we have since read most all the "Cat Who.." series, and have even named one of our 4 cats "Lilian".

We wish we had gotten to know you both better. But we know that Lilian was truly fortunate to have had you by her side all these years.

We are so deeply sorry, Earl, for your loss.....

Gerhard and Lawrence

Kathy Mayberry
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
We send our condolences to you and your family My love for the cat who''s will keep me reading for yrs to come . May God be with you.

Jean Millard
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to you.I spent many happy hours reading the Cat Who books. Thank you for encouraging Ms. Braun to go back to writing the series. I bought the books as soon as they were published. I appreciate how you contributed to my happiness. Thoughts are with you at this time.

Malinda Beeman Of Fairmount Indiana
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
I was so very sorry to hear of Ms. Brauns passing. She was a treasured author to me and many other Cat Who Book lovers. She will be deeply missed!

Diane Michelson
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy to all the family and friends of such a prolific lady. Her "Cat Who....." series is unique and great fun to read and re-read and re-read. She will be greatly missed by all her loyal fans.

John and Cathy Calure
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Earl, we are so saddened by your loss. Take comfort in knowing she now resides with KoKo and Yum Yum.
And our deepest condolences to Qwill, Polly, and the residence of Moose County who will forever remain with us.
Our lives are richer having known her and you "the husband who".

Christine & Stephen Fitch. England
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Dear Earl, I have just had an email from a friend in WVa telling me about Lilian. I was so very sad to hear the news and so was Steve. We send you all our love and sympathy in this great loss. But we celebrate the wonderful life you both have had and the great success Lilian has had with her books. I am so proud that one of the Koko''s was mine! We have wonderful memories of you both in the theatre and socially with the cats. God bless you and keep you. Christine & Steve.

   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Dear Mr. Bettinger...

I am deeply saddened to learn of your loss. The wonderful, heartfelt, rich characters and stories created by your wife have been a delight to me all of my life. When my own bestest friend Angus the orange marmalade tabby passed away last fall, Koko and YumYum were my "bookcat" escape and eventual heart''s ease.
My condolences to you and your family; may you, too, find some heart''s ease from your grief.

Merav La Franca
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011

My deepest condolences for the loss of dear Lillian. Although I didn''t know her personally, I am a great fan of her work.

I hadn''t heard of her until a friend gave me about a dozen of her books. I sat down and read them all in about a 2 week span. I could stop until I had read all of them.

Since then I have read any and all I could get my hands on. Lillian had a real gift for making her characters come alive on the pages. Lillian and her characters will remain forever alive in hearts as long as her work endures.

Merav, a cat lover in Israel.

Roberta Albus
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
I was priviledged enough to meet ms. Braun some 15 -18 yrs. ago when I was employed @ Gerhards Cafe''. I started reading heer books then as she gave me one, to get me interested in them. She was a very proper lady as well as talented writer. I will miss her books,but you can always re-read them and find something new in each one.

Beth P
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011

I have had the pleasure and honor of meeting Lillian a few times at Spartanburg Cat Shows where she would autograph her books that I bought and enjoyed reading immensely. She was a wonderful and sweet person to talk to and I enjoyed meeting the lady who had the great gift of writing the "Cat Who......" books.

Earl, my heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family and I know you all miss her very much. She will stay in our hearts forever with her books that I will always read and re-read. God bless you and I will keep you in my prayers.

Betsy Smith
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
I am so sorry. I loved the Cat Who books. I believe I have all of them. Wishing her a gentle journey.

Elizabeth Armstrong, Brantford, Ontario Canada
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
I was saddened to read of Koko & YumYum''s ''mom''s'' passing. I started reading "The Cat Who" books just a couple of years ago and when I found out for a curling co-hort that there was actually a series, I was thrilled. Non more-so then when this same person gave me the series almost in it''s entirety that had belonged to her mom. I started back at the beginning and even re-read the books that I read out of sequence, because I was now following the series. I''m just two short and after 14 months, I continue the hunt. I have to say that the one thing that has bothered me since reading the last book, is that the lovely barn was destroyed in a fire and Polly staying in Europe, and I hope that someone could ''retool'' a follow-up novel to say it was a nightmarish dream, that Qwill woke up in a sweat and everything was as it had been when he went to sleep the night before.....Polly at her place, Moose County enjoying, as best as can be expected, the summer tourist and KoKo and YumYum sleeping outside his bedroom door. From the mom of Scruffy, Bumper and Tiger, REST IN PEACE LILLIAN and, deepest sympathy to you Earl, ''The Husband Who....''

Lisa Isbell
   Posted Sun June 12, 2011
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Lilian is an inspiration to me, not only because I LOVE her books and find comfort in reading them after slogging through long days at work but because of her success after "retirement". After having enjoyed reading the novels over and over again, I began to explore about the author and was thrilled to learn how these books came into being. I''m inspired again in just learning "the Depression Era put a college education out of reach". Now in my 40''s and wondering if it''s too late to pursue this or that dream, not having completed my college education - Lilian''s life offers a solid point of reference and every time I pick up one of her novels for enjoyment, it''s also a subtle reminder to go ahead and shake the dust off some of those plans that got set aside in my younger days. One more thing, I''m eternally thankful that Lilian didn''t bend to the trends of society when she returned to the series. Prayers to you and your family for the loss of such a wonderful person.

   Posted Sun June 12, 2011
Good bye, Lilian. Your memory will always be a blessing, especially for us kitty lovers.

Marion Judge
   Posted Mon June 13, 2011
Good bye, Lilian. You will always be a blessing.
Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear, dear wife, Mr. Bettinger. My heart goes out to you in this loss.
God bless and be with you!
My deepest sympathy to the family.
Marion from up north, Minnesota USA

   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
I read every one of lilians books. I would tell my huband about her books but he would never read books, just newspapers. When I told him how easy it was to read her books he picked one up. The nice thing about her books was that you could start one any where in the series & still enjoy .He then started them from the beginning. Its taking him a long time to read them He is slow But at least he is reading & enjoying

I really miss her books & Lillian we will miss you too.I lost my daughter this winter & know that Lillian is in that wonderful place my daughter is in ,free from worldy pains

With tears in my eyes I bid you a bientot!"Till we meet again

Beth & the Wayward Cats
   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
Thank you Ms. Braun for so many wonderful stories. In a way your books gave me back my Ping Pong because I could hear him through KoKo''s chatter. I hope your kitties flew to your arms as you crossed the rainbow bridge.

Bettina King
   Posted Sun June 19, 2011
I've followed the tales of Koko and Yum Yum ever since I can remember and have all of them to re-read over and over again. My son has even read some of them so the legacy continues. Thank you Ms. Lillian for so many hours of enjoyment. May you rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to her family. God bless.

Tracy Abt
   Posted Thu June 23, 2011
Thank you Ms. Braun for all of those wonderful "kitty-cat" stories. Thank you for being you, and for the hours of pleasure those same "kitty cat" stories brought me and so many others. The world has lost one of its shining stars, but now heaven shines even brighter. You will be missed.

Jen in Maine
   Posted Sat June 25, 2011
I first discovered "The Cat Who..." books 20 years ago, when I was a precocious fourth-grader who read everything she could get her hands on, and have enjoyed each book in the series. As an habitual re-reader, I love that I can pick up any of the books and jump right into a mystery with Qwill and the cats time and time again. Thank you, Ms. Braun, for many, many years of literary enjoyment! You are already missed.

Jennifer LaPlante
   Posted Mon June 27, 2011
I was in High School when I found my first Cat Who Book. From that point on I had to find all that had been in print til that point. I have every one of the books and plan on passing them on to my 5 yr old daughter. I tell everyone to read the stories because they are so heartwarming. I am so sorry for your loss but she has left such a legacy that will continue through time. Thank you.

   Posted Fri July 01, 2011
I wish to express my sympathy to "The Husband Who", family, and friends for the loss of the Ms Braun. God bless and keep you.
She will be missed deeply. Now she is a sparking, shining star in Heaven.

   Posted Thu July 07, 2011
Goodbye Mrs Braun, and thank you for your books with on Qwill, Koko and Yom-Yom for whom we waited with a lot of pleasure in France.
All my condolences to his(her) family.

Cathy Akers-Jordan
   Posted Thu July 14, 2011
Thank you for all the adventures of Qwill, Koko, and Yum-Yum. Like your family and friends, your fans will miss you always. Rest is peace, dear lady, and my deepest sympathy to your family and friends.

Jackie Montana
   Posted Mon July 18, 2011
It is a sad day for me that one of my favorite authors has passed on. I always enjoyed reading Your books. I will miss Koko, Yum-Yum and most of all Quill.
My deepest sympathy to Your family. Know that You have touch many hearts with Your books. Rest in peace...

beth fox
   Posted Thu July 21, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great lady-I loved her books, and will miss them- although I have every one in hard copy. I plan on rereading them and thinking of lillian as I do- thank you Ms. Lillian- you will be missed

Kay Aram (Western Australia)
   Posted Fri July 29, 2011
Having only discovered Lillian's Cat Who.... books in the past two years, I was devastated to hear that there will be no more. I'm still searching and collecting her books through the Internet and they will be kept, treasured, read and re-read many times and I will encourage my grandchildren to read them. As soon as another book arrives in the post I drop everything, make a cuppa and sit down and read it from cover to cover. One arrived this morning and I've just finished reading it. Thank you Lillian for introducing me to Koko, Yum Yum and Quill and all in Moose County. My condolences to Earl - The Husband Who..... and to all Lillian's fans throughout the world. She has left a wonderful legacy behind.

Therese Hicks
   Posted Fri August 05, 2011
I was so sad to hear of her passing. I enjoyed her Cat Who series so much that I wished they would never end. She was a wonderful writer who brought Qwill, KoKo, Yum Yum, and all their friends to life for the readers. She will be greatly missed.

Cindy Ainsworth Reno, Nevada
   Posted Wed November 23, 2011
I feel like I have lost some old friends; Lillian, Quill, KoKo and Yum Yum and all the characters in the Cat Who series. I truely miss anticipating each year the next book... God bless Lillian.

Cate (Australia)
   Posted Mon December 05, 2011
I'm very late in reading of the passing of my favourite and most cherished author. I shall read backwards in honour of her tonight in thanks for her contribution to my world! With love to the family & friends who were privileged to know her and who I am sure feel the loss greatly, even now. Ms Braun you were and will always be the author who...

Sandy Plum
   Posted Sat December 17, 2011
Thank you for all the wonderful hours you gave me. You will be missed. You added so much to my life. The Angels gained when you arrived.

Pearlyn Kersey
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
"Husband Who..." thank you for encouraging Lilian to pick up her writing! It has been a true blessing to share her talent. I am not a saver of things, except for her books!! Treasures for me and to share with the grandchildren who love to read. My God continue to comfort you and all of us who knew and miss Lilian and her story characters: Qwill, Polly, Ko-Ko and Yum-Yum.

Amy Grugan
   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
Dear Earl,

A short time agao I learned of the passing of Lilian. Please accept my sincerests sympathies and condolences. She wasm y favorite mystery author and I have all of her books. She will be sorely missed. I wish I had a chance to meet her. She will be in my thoughs and Prayers.
Amy Grugan

Janet Hayes
   Posted Sun February 12, 2012
I have been a fan of Mrs. Braun''s "Cat Who" stories for years and am so saddened by her passing. Through her witty and humorous stories, she has made the world a better place. She is missed.

Melinda Napoletano
   Posted Fri March 16, 2012
I will miss Lilian and her wonderful " The Cat Who..." series of books. I first discovered them while I was working at an electronic manufacturing company and we were allowed to listen to books on tape. YES they were still on tape back then. That is when I came across "The Cat Who..." series. I have listened to and read them all. I wish there were more to read...having re-read many multiple times...I do long always for "the next new book" to come out. Now there will be no more...makes me sad. Lilian brought my life such joy through her stories. While I never knew her personally, I would like to extend my condolences to her family and loved ones. I too will miss her greatly. :(

Ray Allen
   Posted Mon March 19, 2012
My sincerest condolences. I didn't discover The Cat Who books until after Mrs. Braun's passing, but I have come to love them and treasure the characters, and I want to express my appreciation for her contribution to the literary world.

   Posted Sat March 31, 2012
Je suis tellement triste. Je viens seulement d'apprendre la disparition de Madame Lilian jackson Braun. Elle m'a tellement fait rêver avec les aventures de KoKo et Yom-Yom... J'aurais voulu que cele n'ait jamais de fin.
Merci Madame pour toutes ces belles pages que vous nous avez offertes.
Toutes mes condoléances les plus sincères à votre famille.

meg shiffler
   Posted Tue June 05, 2012
I was so saddened to her of miss lillian's passing. I was wondering when the next book was coming out when i googled and got the news of her passing. What a wonderful long life she had bringing joy to so many. God bless her and her family.

christophe courcy
   Posted Mon June 18, 2012
je suis si triste, mme jackson brown avait l''air immortelle comme c''est aventures de koko et yom yom, j''ai de belle pensee pour elle et sa famille

Sharon C.P. Fall
   Posted Thu June 21, 2012
I do not personally know Ms Jackson Braun - I am just a delighted reader of her "The Cat Who..." books.

I am truly sad to hear of her passing and will miss the anticipation of watching for her next book in the bookstore.

Will you please accept my sincere condolences on her passing?

And rest assured that I will treasure all of "The Cat Who" books which I now own and any missing issues which I find in the future.

Sharon C.P. Fall
(Winnipeg, MB. CANADA)

Martha M. Hurford
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
My sincere sympathy on the passing of our beloved Lilian Jackson Braun. Her body of work is something I will always treasure and appreciate.

Like many others I too am sadden to know there will be no further Cat Who books but as family it must be gratifying knowing she has left the world wanting.

   Posted Thu July 12, 2012
Sincères condoléances à sa famille avec un an de retard,
à travers ses livres, elle sera toujours là,
on aurait voulu que Dieu lui prête encore vie longtemps pour qu'elle puisse continuer à nous enchanter...
Pourvu que son dernier livre inachevé soit publié...
Merci encore merci Madame et bon paradis avec Koko et Yom-Yom...

Anita Dellinger
   Posted Tue March 19, 2013
I have been wondering whether Mrs. Braun had passed- I finally decided to check today!!! I have every hard cover volume- and re-read each often. I am an avid cat lover- and find her mysteries wonderful!!
I thank God she touched my life!!

Gretchen Tyree
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
I am so sorry I didn't know of Mrs. Braun's passing until I was redoing my facebook page and listing the books I had read. I realized I had read all of The Cat Who..... and started researching. I know she passed at 97 2 years ago and so did my mother at 97 and 2 years ago. Ms. Braun's books gave me so much joy and sometimes inspiration. I named my son Qwilleran Mackenzie in 2001 and wrote a letter to Lillian telling her about it and hoped she didn't think I was a weirdo for naming my son after her character. She wrote me assuring me she didn't think I was weird and said she was thrilled. My son has been living up to his name. I know Lillian is in a good place now. I am so glad she had a husband she lover enough to dedicate each of her books. Take Care and know.

Ronda Fields
   Posted Mon May 20, 2013
I just found out about Lilians' death. I loved her books and have all the " Cat Who" series. I am a cat lover and enjoyed the antics of KoKo and Yum Yum.

Patricia M. O'Hare
   Posted Mon July 01, 2013
Just this week I have been re-reading all of my Cat Who books and thought: I think I will see if I can write to Lillian and tell her that my life has been uplifted by her stories and the stories of those wonderful cats. Alas, I find that she passed away in June of 2011. The day before my birthday. So sad! I have had several Siamese cats-- alas, they are all gone now. But I knew at the time that they were special. Lillian, I will miss you so much. Thank you for your stories. I will find the missing books that I don't have and I will continue reading your books for the rest of my life. God bless all of you.

Victoria Calí
   Posted Wed July 24, 2013
expreso por este medio mis condolencias a los seres queridos de esta extraordinaria novelista y , seguramente extraordinaria persona que me hizo feliz con sus relatos en momentos muy difíciles para mí . Gracias por todo Lilian .

   Posted Sat August 31, 2013
I am thoroughly enjoying the series of Koko, Yum Yum and Qwill, with a W :)
I have never loved characters as much as these. I am sad that Ms. Braun has passed, but she has definitely spoken to me in her books in times of feeling lonely. I get wrapped up in the enthralling escapades in each book leaves me wanting to devour the next.

My best wishes and thoughts for her closest family and friends. Thank you for sharing with the public. On to my next book! I have just a couple left to read. I will miss them when I'm done.

julie adam
   Posted Fri October 04, 2013
I have just discovered this author. I love cats. They should be able o speak asa I have no idea what my lates stray [adopted] is trying to tell me. 20

Mary Sikarevich
   Posted Wed November 20, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Ms. Braun's death. I loved her books and am further saddened that her last book never made it to publish....must find out what happened to Mr Q and his friends.

Marie Ippolito
   Posted Sun December 01, 2013
You will live forever in the memory of your devoted fans who still read your books and enjoy the adventures of Koko and Yum Yum.... I hope you would be pleased to know that there is Facebook group(s) that are devoted to discussing your wonderful novels and keeping them alive in our hearts.... =^..^=

Marilyn Beers
   Posted Mon December 30, 2013
I just adopted 2 little boy Siameses, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, they join my 15 year old Truman (after our best President Harry) and I think about Koko and Yum Yum and their Mom. You are so missed along with your writing...however, we still have those books to read and re-read again and again...Thank you Miss Lilian! Bless Your Family too!

   Posted Mon February 03, 2014
thank you ms. braun. i absolutely love your books. i love your characters and the cats. we have a siamese cat and she is fabulous. the only breed to have.
i really like your books, no sex and violence, a fun read and safe, no running
into something distasteful.

thank you, will miss your books.

Tonia W
   Posted Thu February 20, 2014
Though a bit late, I wanted to celebrate the life of Lilian. She was the best writer I've ever followed! She knew how to create the most amazing, addictive mysteries, without all the sex, violence and smut you find in today's books. It just goes to show you don't need all that to create a great read! Authors take note: You can create addictive books without all the that - it just takes a good mind and creativity. I will miss her so much and will read and re-read every book she wrote until they fall apart. God bless.

   Posted Sat February 22, 2014
Just finished 3 of the Cat Who... books. I wanted to get in touch with Lillian to thank her for so much clean, cozy entertainment. I was so sad to learn of her passing. What a loss to all of us cat people! My belated condolences to the family.

   Posted Sat March 01, 2014
It has taken a while for me to find this site. Long after the fact yes but I just had to send my heartfelt condolences and say how very much I have enjoyed the audio version of the Cat Who series. I have all but 5 of the books. Alas the ones I don't have are not to be had.

I have enjoyed them so much. The cats and all the human characters took on a life of their own. So much so, you find yourself wondering what they will do now. May they all, along with your beloved Lillian, rest in peace.

   Posted Sat March 08, 2014
I still think of the Cat Who books every time I need some light in my life - and most of my copies are dog-eared from the repeated reads. So many dedicated followers still following - it is wonderful to see and I know she will never be forgotten. To see the continued postings is amazing - she touched so many through her stories.

   Posted Fri March 21, 2014
I actually have 5 books that i have not read yet, i saved them fearing that one day we would be without her. I miss the Cat Who mystery series, and am so thankful that she wrote them. I can only imagine what a sweet lady she must have been! My heartfelt condolences to her family. It sounds like she had an enchanting life, she is truly missed.

   Posted Tue April 29, 2014
I came to the library to get a complete bibliography of Ms. Braun's "Cat Who..." books for my mother and found that she has passed away. I wasn't sure if I should write this, but I wanted express my condolences. My mother has loved the "Cat" books and over the years and when I needed to think of a gift I knew she'd appreciate I'd frequently get her one of Ms. Braun's books. It became harder and harder to find one that wasn't a familiar title after a few years and looking sort of- slipped away.

A few months before Christmas I was in the excellent little resale shop at the Lucas Co. Public Library and found many (I think about twelve but honestly can't remember,) copies of her books on tape. I bought them all and took them home to my mother. It took her a while to listen to them. she started to complain about trouble getting to sleep at night and I found out that she had found my father's old cassette player and began listening to each book. She'd listen to them gradually at night before she dropped of to sleep with our Chihuahua Chiquita curled up in her bed next to her (we're dog-people.) She complained much less about insomnia but started frequently asking me to see if there were any books published that she hadn't read. I don't have inter-net and loathe smart phones so here I am to print out a Wikipedia entry and discover that Lilian Jackson Braun has passed away. Her work brought much comfort to my Mom and on behalf of my mom Dorothy, myself (and Chiquita, Chi-Chi, and Puck,) I just wanted to say that she is missed.

   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Madame Jackson Braun a eu une très belle vie, elle nous manquera toujours, j'espère que son dernier livre sera publié, un bel hommage à lui rendre... Sylvie

Tim Behal
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
I've read most of Lilian's books starting about a year ago when I discovered The Cat Who Had 14 Tales. Now I'm down to the last 4 or 5 of her Cat Who... books. I truly enjoyed every one of them. I feel Quill, Koko, YumYum and the host of other characters Lilian brought to life in her books are a part of my life along with Pickaxe, Mooseville, and the other places in Moose County 400 miles north of everywhere. My vocabulary has also been expanded exponentially. She certainly had a world of words and worlds to share with us. Bon voyage to you Lilian from me and my cats! the Lord be with you! Earl best wishes in your life!
Love from Durant, Iowa

angela halse
   Posted Sun August 31, 2014
I am sorry I am so late posting but was not aware of Lilian's passing. I am elderly and live in Australia and since my daughter told me about the Cat books I had no idea. Since that time over 20 years ago I have endeavoured to read the whole series and have enjoyed everyone of them

My condolences to her surviving family and also it is 3 years we have lost a wonder authoress.

Robin Jacobson
   Posted Wed October 22, 2014
My belated but sincerest condolences on the passing of a great storyteller. I read every book and still wanted more. Although not a cat person who didn't love Koko and Yum yum. I am starting forehead the series and I am still enjoying them. Rest in peace Lillian.

theresa thomas
   Posted Mon February 09, 2015
I know this is very late, but I would like to let Mrs. Braum's husband know how much I have always enjoyed the "cat who" books. They were (and are) a pleasure to read. I was saddened when I called the library to find out when her next book would come out and found out she passed away a few years ago. I don't usually write to authors, but in this case I felt I needed to. I don't know if Ms Braun had children, but if she did, please tell them for me, that she left a wonderful legacy. Or to any family member. thank you

Vita Marabete
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
Condolences later by Italian fans who love you forever "The Lady of the Cats in yellow" ... and I hope that she is happy now, at six hundred kilometers from everywhere ...

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