Memorial for Mum
this Saturday, November 28th at 2 p.m.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
2245 Huguenot Trail, Powhatan, VA 23139
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in her name to Cambiando Vidas, one of the organizations she built houses with in the Dominican Republic.
Snail mail: Cambiando Vidas, PO BOX 5015, Brookfield, CT 06804
|Taken on Mum's 80th birthday, by John Morgan, author of Grasshopper Notes.|
Mum believed the world would be a better place if EVERYONE read John's blog!
Last night, surrounded by family and friends. our dear priest, Sandi Kerner, anointed Mum with oil and gave a blessing. Ruth said, "Mum, we love you and want you to stay. But if you need to go, you can go." And she did, at home, surrounded by loved ones.
I am so grateful to have had this blog to document our conversations and adventures together. We had many cups of tea, and lots of laughter. Since Mum's move here, I have spent almost every evening with her, knitting and having tea, watching Jeopardy and Castle and all her other favourite shows.
For her 80th birthday, I did a special blog post, so I won't repeat those photos here. This is how I want to remember Mum:
Me:What are you doing, Mum?
Mum: Oh, just breaking up this concrete.
I should say that she did this with a sledgehammer, by hand! That was Mum.
Mum was many things to many people. She was memorable wherever she was, with whomever she was with.
|At Christmas time.|
|Another Christmas time. :-)|
And a bit later:
One summer, Mum had all the grand kids for the week:
She used to give the kids surgical gloves to blow up:
She was "GranAnne" and doted not just on her biological grandchildren, but adopted their friends as well!
For Christmas, she decided to give her grandchildren "an experience," so for a few years, she took them to the Japanese restaurant:
|You could say that FIRE is a good dining experience!|
For the past 3 years, it's been skiing.
|Birthday card from this year.|
Mum & Ruth helped our friends Rachel & Carlos when they were building their house. Rachel took the next two photos:
She was an expert knitter, and had taken to making Plarn bags; plastic "yarn" bags:
She taught me to knit, & I made her this prayer shawl:
I would drop her off at the airport, and off she went!
Off to Habitat Builds in Poland, Hungary or Cambiando Vidas in the Dominican Republic. Or to see friends.
|South Africa: Demonstrating that we are British. We love nature & we are NOT afraid of lions!|
|Another trip to Australia with Prim & Judy.|
At Mel & John's son's Josh's wedding:
After I got the Lake House, friend Prim came from Australia for a vizzie:
|She sang with the Front Royal Oratorio Society.|
After she moved, we'd come back up to watch fireworks:
One year it rained and we had the whole place to ourselves!
At The River House
When I moved to the River House, I got to spend more time with Mum:
|In "her" chair, with Maggie & Millie.|
In my office, Millie on her bed:
She came to help me clean windows:
On my birthday, we'd had a lot of snow. She made it down the road, but couldn't get up the last mile of driveway. That didn't stop her, of course!
|See? Flowers and prezzies.|
|At her house in Bentonville, with Pioneer Sister's famous chocolate ganache cake.|
She Loved to Laugh
Ruth gave Mum a yoga shirt:
|Mum loved tai chi & tap-dancing, but referred to her yoga class |
as "Torture yoga." "I don't like all the bendy-pretzlely moves."
Church Christmas dinner:
I don't know what we were talking about, but here's her response:
|The Anne Holliday Eye Roll captured.|
We LOVE you, Mum!!!