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Lilian Jackson Braun

June 4, 2011
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A candle was lit by Elaine Schermer on November 25, 2023 9:25 AM
Message from Allen
October 24, 2023 7:09 PM

Since the first book given to me by my mother in law, I have endeavored to obtain all of the Cat Who books, including the short stories and parody by Robert Kaplow. I was speaking to the media specialist at our school (the new fancy name for librarian) and discovered she had never heard of the Cat Who. She does now and is finishing the series. Anything to keep the memory of a fantastic lady alive.
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Message from Sheri Radice
August 18, 2023 8:46 AM

I read all of Ms Braun’s books over the years. Found the first one at the airport, when I forgot my reading material for the trip. I always pictures Tom Sellick as the famous Q. Every morning, I have breakfast with a woman whose late husband was my client. One of the many things we have in common, is the Cat Who books we both had treasured. Her clean writing and soft mysteries are lost to the writings and movies of today.
You are missed Lillian Jackson Braun Bettinger.
Message from Cleotilde
July 6, 2023 12:39 AM

The Cat Who Lived High was my first book. I read it for my English class in Secretarial School (in Mexico). I came to live in USA and found all the books and loved each of one. I am a cat lover. Thank you for sharing Koko and Yum Yum with us and of course, the Wonderful Mr. Q!!! I am sure you are entertaining every single soul where you are.
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A candle was lit by Mrs. Cleotilde Santiago on July 6, 2023 12:36 AM
Message from Dodie Sweeney
May 16, 2023 2:58 AM

Dear Family and friends. As a long-time fan of Lilian Jackson Braun's books, I would like to send my condolences to you. I have a Himalayan cat that loves for me to read her the "Cat Who" books. All I have to say is "Come on Trisquet it's time to read and she comes running. I will always be a fan.
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Message from Donna
March 4, 2023 12:33 PM

Thank you for sharing Koko & Yum Yum’s lighthearted adventures that continue to bring joy to the world.
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Message from Edmonton, AB Canada
July 14, 2022 3:17 PM

I can not tell you how many hours I have spent in the company of Quwll, Koko and Yum Yum. I re-read them over and over. Of all my books they are the ones I will never let go. The loss of this lady is a loss to the whole world. When I need a smile these books are where go. Thank you. RIP L
Message from Ruth Morgan-Bieber
June 21, 2022 6:02 AM

I accidentally came across one of the Cat Who books & became hooked immediately. I now have all collected finally (in 2022) All the “Cat Who:” & connected books. I am finding myself needing my Koko/YumYum/ Qwill fix & reading each one of my set- in sequence- every few months - They read afresh every time-I just wish Lilian had written a dozen more- She was a brilliant writer great story lines & humor tucked in- Bless you & Thank you
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Message from Mary D
February 8, 2022 9:49 AM

I have, just recently, discovered "The Cat Who" books thanks to a "free books" shelf at our local library and am so glad I did.
She was a great writer! May her soul rest in peace!!!
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Message from Raine
January 11, 2022 1:17 PM

Have started re-reading all the "Cat who..." books. What a joy to still find them entertaining and like visiting a dear friend. Condolences to all those who knew who personally and must miss her still.
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Message from Roy
March 9, 2021 9:09 PM

Almost 10 years you've been gone. People come here and pay you respect. Thank you, LJB for all the hours of reading. Perhaps #30 will be ready in heaven by the time I get there?
Message from bonnie coley
January 29, 2021 7:24 PM

lillian, lillian,what heartfelt sadness to read of your passing! my computer gave me your lifes information today and i will miss you greatly. ive had our books for 20 years and now with this terrible covid clamp down decided to start rereading them again. god blessed you with awesome talent, you greatly touched my life with my new family members. qwill, koko and yumyum. heaven is now your constant! god bless your precious memory! bonnie
Message from Dawn Northeastern MI
September 7, 2020 11:35 AM

I love the entire series. I read many of her books years ago and recently read the entire series. Seems to me changes have been made. I remember when he got Pollys letter and after road his bicycle downtown. The green eyed Dr was not killed off and he smiled at her as he rode. When were they changed and by whom?
Message from Ardith
July 19, 2020 12:54 PM

My husband and I have read and re-read all 29 of Lilian’s Cat Who books repeatedly with much pleasure. During this shut-down we decided to read them in order again! They never lose their charm.

I was saddened to learn that she lived in Michigan much of her life and I never met her. My husband and I lived there during much of her life. What a missed opportunity! We see so much of Michigan in the books — Pickax, Moose County, and Brrr make us think of the Upper Peninsula. The big city reminds me of Detroit in the mid twentieth century.

Ms. Braun will never be forgotten. She left a delightful legacy for the future. God bless her family, publisher, and friends.
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A candle was lit by Ardith on July 19, 2020 12:44 PM
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A candle was lit by Ferrell Newton on June 21, 2020 7:57 PM
I have all 29 Cat Who books. They are a cherished part of my home library. Mrs. Braun's passing was a great loss but her legacy and spirit live on in the fascinating characters, places and events she created. And we who have this marvelous collection can visit and enjoy them again and again. Thank you, Mrs. Braun.
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A candle was lit by Ferrell Newton on June 21, 2020 7:43 PM
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A candle was lit by Donna Strand on March 19, 2020 2:23 AM
I was searching to find the total number of "The Cat Who" books to recommend to a friend to read them from first to last during this Coronavirus shut down.
I always adore her pictures and decided to click on them all.

So sorry to learn of her passing. Wishing her family peace and good health. Very funny "the husband who"
I loved it..
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A candle was lit by Linda Pothiers a TCW Lover!!!! on August 31, 2019 12:57 AM
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Message from Melissa Lynn Adams
March 20, 2018 8:01 PM

Lilian Jackson Braun has been one of my favorite authors for over 25 years. I've read and re-read her books numerous times and it always takes me to a happy place. I am not re-reading her books again about my favorite characters, Qwill, Koko and Yum-Yum. I started with the first in the series on my vacation to the Bahamas last May and have been consistently reading them in order. When I read her books it literally I feel as though I'm in the story. She was an incredibly talented author and she is missed every day. I hope the family takes comfort in knowing that her spirt will be kept alive forever as her fans continue to enjoy The Cat Who series.
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A candle was lit by Melissa Lynn Adams on March 20, 2018 7:58 PM
Message from Valarie Stawasz
March 11, 2018 12:14 AM

I'm so very deeply sorry for her loss, I adored her books have them all and have read them all 3 times, I'm so sorry I didn't know sooner, she will be missed, she was a wonderful writer it brings me to tears just finding out about he I was hoping of a new book which I always searched for. So sorry for your lost she will be missed. God bless her family, sincerely Valarie Stawasz
Message from Valarie Stawasz
March 10, 2018 11:58 PM

I'm so very to hear about the one of a kind Lillian I just came across of her death I didn't know any sooner,my heart is full of saddness and shedding tears for missing her. I have all her books and have read them all 3times, I was always looking for her new one.Sorry for her family's loss her books such happiness to me. I shall miss her writtings I have cats also. God bless the family. Thank you for all the wonderful adventures you took me. To . Sincerely, Valarie Stawasz
Message from Patti Wargo
February 27, 2018 10:25 PM

I have just found the “Cat Who...” books, and love them! I am so sorry to find that Lilian has passed, but she will live on in the hearts of all who have enjoyed her books.
Message from Andreia Medlin
March 9, 2016 11:02 PM

Just wanted to send my condolences. I recently picked up one of her books at our library book sale and decided to Google her again. I had tried to find information on her before with no luck so she was always this big mystery to me. I'm saddened she has passed but her books gave me a lot of joy. I'm fascinated by what I've read here about her life. What a wonderful lady she must have been. My favorite of her books was The Cat Who Saw Red. It got me hooked and I read the whole series. My late husband enjoyed her books too. All the best to Mrs. Braun Bettinger's family.
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A candle was lit by Andreia Medlin on March 9, 2016 10:44 PM
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A candle was lit by Dianna Diatz, an admirer of Lilian Jackson Braun on March 6, 2016 4:18 AM
Message from maryellen finlayson
November 17, 2015 7:42 AM

Thank you for so many hours of wonderful adventure, mystery and companionship.
You honored the tradition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, murder without horror or sex. Mrs. Lillian Jackson Braun, God Bless.
Message from Louisa Lee
August 25, 2015 11:32 PM

I learned of the passing of this wonderful writer only recently. I started reading her books in the 70's and waited impatiently for more. As she started writing again, I was constantly looking in the book store for the newest chapter in the lives of Mr. Q, Koko & Yum Yum. I don't know what made me pick up a copy of book #22 and re read it earlier this year but I did. One of the reviews printed on the jacket went something like "every new boom in the series is like visiting old friends and catching up". I truly is. I went back to book #1 and have read every day since then. I am currently re reading The Cat Who Blew The Whistle. I have all but the first three books in hardback and still search for those to complete my collection. I started reading Ms. Braun's books because it am an avid cat lover and rescuer and her writing had me and still has me hooked. I want to move to Pickax in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere. From what I have read about Ms. Braun, she had a long wonderful life. I only hope I am as fortunate. I know it's very late, but to "The Husband Who" - you have my deepest sympathy. I will enjoy her writing for the rest of my life and I have my daughter's (ages 19 & 34) hooked as well! I hope the one day, I will have a complete collection of "The Cat Who..." In hardcover and my daughters will pass them along with their own memories of reading them onto their children.
Message from Pam Wright
June 6, 2015 1:18 PM

I have read and reread the books written by this talented lady.  Family have given them to me for gifts.  I have an autographed one that I will always treasure.  When I read that Mrs. Bettinger stopped writing for awhile because mysteries were becoming full of sex and violence, I thought that this is the very reason I love them!  They are so well-written and done so tastefully.  My first encounter was with a book on tape that I listened to with my family (so family friendly) while we were traveling.  They have been my favorites ever since.  Strong coffee, cats, and a man who loves them.  There couldn't be a better combination.  She used many lovely words too, I love words.  Thank you and your wife over and over.  So sorry for your loss.
Message from Vita Marabete
March 26, 2015 9:19 PM

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 ...
Message from theresa thomas
February 9, 2015 10:46 AM

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
Message from Robin Jacobson
October 22, 2014 5:12 PM

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.
Message from angela halse
August 31, 2014 5:20 AM

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.
Message from Tim Behal
May 14, 2014 2:57 PM

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
Message from Sylvie CADIOT
May 13, 2014 4:29 AM

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
Message from Dale
April 29, 2014 5:07 PM

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.
Message from Sparkle
March 21, 2014 8:14 PM

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.
Message from Holly
March 8, 2014 10:03 PM

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.
Message from Liz
March 1, 2014 4:04 PM

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.
Message from Carol
February 22, 2014 6:39 PM

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.
Message from Tonia W
February 20, 2014 4:00 PM

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.
Message from mary
February 3, 2014 3:20 PM

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.
Message from Marilyn Beers
December 30, 2013 4:59 PM

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!
Message from Marie Ippolito
December 1, 2013 7:46 PM

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....  =^..^=
Message from Mary Sikarevich
November 20, 2013 1:03 PM

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.
Message from julie adam
October 4, 2013 1:19 AM

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
Message from Michelle
August 31, 2013 5:48 PM

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.
Message from Victoria Calí
July 24, 2013 7:18 PM

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 .
Message from Patricia M. O'Hare
July 1, 2013 2:07 PM

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.
Message from Ronda Fields
May 20, 2013 1:43 PM

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.
Message from Gretchen Tyree
April 1, 2013 8:35 PM

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.
Message from Anita Dellinger
March 19, 2013 9:08 AM

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!!
Message from Anne-Marie
July 12, 2012 12:26 PM

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...
Message from Martha M. Hurford
June 25, 2012 3:16 PM

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.

Message from Sharon C.P. Fall
June 21, 2012 2:51 AM

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)
Message from christophe courcy
June 18, 2012 7:21 AM

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
Message from meg shiffler
June 5, 2012 4:26 PM

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.
Message from domi
March 31, 2012 12:14 PM

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.
Message from Ray Allen
March 19, 2012 2:20 PM

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.
Message from Melinda Napoletano
March 16, 2012 11:27 AM

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. :(
Message from Janet Hayes
February 12, 2012 5:18 PM

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.
Message from Amy Grugan
February 2, 2012 1:45 AM

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
Message from Pearlyn Kersey
January 16, 2012 4:21 PM

"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.
Message from Sandy Plum
December 17, 2011 7:30 PM

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.
Message from Cate (Australia)
December 5, 2011 5:47 PM

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...
Message from Cindy Ainsworth Reno, Nevada
November 23, 2011 12:36 AM

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.
Message from Therese Hicks
August 5, 2011 3:25 PM

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.
Message from Kay Aram (Western Australia)
July 29, 2011 1:46 AM

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.
Message from beth fox
July 21, 2011 3:39 PM

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
Message from Jackie Montana
July 18, 2011 11:21 PM

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...
Message from Cathy Akers-Jordan
July 14, 2011 10:05 PM

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.
Message from Kty
July 7, 2011 4:59 PM

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.
Message from Zoe
July 1, 2011 10:57 AM

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.
Message from Jennifer LaPlante
June 27, 2011 9:56 PM

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.
Message from Jen in Maine
June 25, 2011 2:47 PM

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.
Message from Tracy Abt
June 23, 2011 9:32 AM

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.
Message from Bettina King
June 19, 2011 4:42 PM

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.
Message from Beth & the Wayward Cats
June 14, 2011 8:05 AM

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.
Message from Sandra
June 14, 2011 2:28 AM

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

Message from Marion Judge
June 13, 2011 1:08 PM

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
Message from Paula
June 12, 2011 1:53 PM

Good bye, Lilian.  Your memory will always be a blessing, especially for us kitty lovers.
Message from Lisa Isbell
June 12, 2011 12:11 PM

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.
Message from Elizabeth Armstrong, Brantford, Ontario Canada
June 10, 2011 10:06 PM

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....''
Message from Betsy Smith
June 10, 2011 6:53 PM

I am so sorry.  I loved the Cat Who books.  I believe I have all of them.  Wishing her a gentle journey.
Message from Beth P
June 10, 2011 6:51 PM


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.
Message from Roberta Albus
June 10, 2011 4:18 PM

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.
Message from Merav La Franca
June 10, 2011 7:01 AM


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.
Message from Lysandwr
June 9, 2011 3:52 PM

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.
Message from Christine & Stephen Fitch. England
June 9, 2011 12:10 PM

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.
Message from John and Cathy Calure
June 9, 2011 10:50 AM

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".
Message from Diane Michelson
June 9, 2011 10:28 AM

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.
Message from Malinda Beeman Of Fairmount Indiana
June 9, 2011 2:38 AM

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!
Message from Jean Millard
June 8, 2011 9:50 PM

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.
Message from Kathy Mayberry
June 8, 2011 8:06 PM

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.
Message from Gerhard Doering and Lawrence James (The Alden Company)
June 8, 2011 7:07 PM


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
Message from Jean from Mt Washington Valley, New Hampshire
June 8, 2011 6:22 PM

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!
Message from Amy
June 8, 2011 6:17 PM

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.
Message from Melissa
June 8, 2011 5:22 PM

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.
Message from Debbie Ebersold
June 8, 2011 1:43 PM

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.
Message from Isabelle
June 8, 2011 1:40 PM

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
Message from Anaïs Cruzel
June 8, 2011 1:01 PM

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.
Message from Caroline
June 8, 2011 12:51 PM

We''ll miss Lilian very much. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Message from Claire Grand
June 8, 2011 12:39 PM

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.
Message from Trudy Jewell
June 8, 2011 12:13 PM

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.
Message from Beste Barki
June 8, 2011 11:44 AM

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.
Message from D''HONT J-C
June 8, 2011 11:19 AM

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.
Message from Carolyn Smith
June 8, 2011 10:37 AM

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.
Message from Larry Jelinek
June 8, 2011 9:47 AM

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.
Message from Nathalie Kohler from France
June 8, 2011 9:16 AM

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.
Message from Kate Evans
June 8, 2011 8:26 AM

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.
Message from magali EYCHENNE
June 8, 2011 4:52 AM

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)
Message from Gary Svoboda
June 8, 2011 12:23 AM

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.
Message from Ruth Miller
June 7, 2011 11:15 PM

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
Message from Amy
June 7, 2011 10:19 PM

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
Message from Chantelle Aimée
June 7, 2011 9:17 PM

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.
Message from Steve White, Hendersonville N.C.
June 7, 2011 9:16 PM

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
Message from Nancy Owens
June 7, 2011 8:49 PM

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.
Message from patykat
June 7, 2011 8:07 PM

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.
Message from Judy S.
June 7, 2011 7:58 PM

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.
Message from buckycatt
June 7, 2011 7:57 PM

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
June 7, 2011 7:43 PM

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.
Message from Phyllis
June 7, 2011 6:48 PM

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.
Message from Lindsay
June 7, 2011 6:46 PM

Your books made a huge impact on my life! I cannot express how much you will be missed.
Message from Vicky
June 7, 2011 5:23 PM

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!!!
Message from jack nunes
June 7, 2011 4:57 PM

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.
Message from Susan C
June 7, 2011 4:54 PM

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.
Message from Cats and a Book
June 7, 2011 4:49 PM

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!
Message from Iris Grewing Spencer
June 7, 2011 4:36 PM

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.
Message from marcy
June 7, 2011 4:35 PM

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.
Message from Susan B
June 7, 2011 4:08 PM

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.
Message from Jane M. Dishman
June 7, 2011 3:37 PM

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.
Message from Valerie Moon
June 7, 2011 3:20 PM

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.
Message from Marjorie Cunningham
June 7, 2011 3:11 PM

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.
Message from barbara p
June 7, 2011 3:10 PM

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.
Message from Rita Williams
June 7, 2011 3:02 PM

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
Message from Peter Obermaier
June 7, 2011 2:35 PM

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
Message from Dawn Palka
June 7, 2011 2:34 PM

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
Message from Casandra Perry
June 7, 2011 1:45 PM

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
Message from RLB Hartmann
June 7, 2011 1:44 PM

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.
Message from Pamela Thomas
June 7, 2011 1:29 PM

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.
Message from Ginger Hipszky
June 7, 2011 1:28 PM

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.
Message from Penny McIntosh
June 7, 2011 1:24 PM

Ms. Braun''s passing leaves the world void of a brilliant author and wonderful human being.
Message from Regina Mize (w/a Rechelle Owens)
June 7, 2011 1:19 PM

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.
Message from Barbara Hollander
June 7, 2011 12:52 PM

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.
Message from Wendy Wichelt
June 7, 2011 12:52 PM

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.
Message from Ann
June 7, 2011 12:47 PM

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.
Message from Kimberley Kozlowski
June 7, 2011 12:34 PM

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.
Message from Patti Kelley
June 7, 2011 12:01 PM

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
Message from Margo Plyler
June 7, 2011 11:54 AM

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.
Message from Jacqueline Wilson
June 7, 2011 11:45 AM

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.
Message from Peggy Cole
June 7, 2011 11:41 AM

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.
Message from Dee White
June 7, 2011 11:04 AM

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.
Message from Rita Owens
June 7, 2011 10:06 AM

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.
Message from Billie Penick
June 7, 2011 9:05 AM

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!
Message from Diana Essert and Mary Small
June 7, 2011 8:53 AM

We appreciate the many enjoyable years of reading she gave us.
Message from Trish Green CNA
June 7, 2011 8:53 AM

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".
Message from Carol Maroni
June 7, 2011 8:35 AM

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!
Message from Sandy
June 7, 2011 8:13 AM

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.
Message from Shawn McNeil
June 7, 2011 8:10 AM

All I can say is Lilian Jackson Braun the author who . . .
Message from Donna Curtis
June 7, 2011 7:08 AM

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.
Message from Shaaron Kirkwood
June 7, 2011 7:01 AM

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.
Message from jackie puma
June 7, 2011 5:59 AM

i am so sorry for your miss lillian will be greatly missed
Message from Joan Ludlow
June 7, 2011 2:29 AM

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.
Message from Les West
June 7, 2011 2:01 AM

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.
Message from Dawna Pearson
June 7, 2011 1:47 AM

I am very sorry to hear of your wife''s passing.  I am praying for you and your family.  BIG HUGS!
Message from Arleine vonWagner
June 7, 2011 1:33 AM

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
Message from Ellen M. Dygert
June 6, 2011 11:57 PM

I am very sad to hear of Lillian''s passing. I have enjoyed every one of her books. My sincere condolances to the family.
Message from Holly Sutherland
June 6, 2011 11:53 PM

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.
Message from Mary Raines
June 6, 2011 10:45 PM

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
Message from Kate Higgins
June 6, 2011 10:12 PM

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!
Message from Pam McNeil
June 6, 2011 9:55 PM

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!
Message from Tondra Bowers
June 6, 2011 9:36 PM

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
Message from Carrie Padgett
June 6, 2011 9:02 PM

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.
Message from Joules Barbos
June 6, 2011 9:02 PM

The world is a sadder place without her in it. All my sympathies.
Message from Ashley McConnell
June 6, 2011 8:40 PM

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.
Message from Cheryl Markiewicz
June 6, 2011 8:03 PM

I am saddened by Ms. Brauns'' passing.  Her books brought me such great joy.  RIP.  You will be missed.
Message from Scarborough ON Canada
August 30, 2019 10:52 PM

How sad I was to find out you had passed away. 😿 *I have two Siamese's Ming & Emily.
I've read all your books. They brought me great joy.
Rest in peace,
August 30, 2019
Message from Novajean Monroe
June 6, 2011 7:29 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family---I have read and enjoyed all of her books and in her honor, I plan to reread them!!!!!
Message from Nell Deaver
June 6, 2011 5:06 PM


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

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