Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Farewell Aunt Nettie
After caring for her husband who died of cancer, my aunt fell very ill. Uncharacteristically, she couldn't get out of bed and was unable to move and speak without her speech being slurred. It was as though she had had a stroke, although doctors were saying that it was a type of Parkinsons disease that had come on suddenly. After many years it became apparent that she wasn't going to recover so she was put in the care of a very good home. My dad's cousin and wife (she never had children, but 'adopted' her nephew's family as her kids) cared for her, visited her, helped her write and publish part of her life story, connected her with her potter's guild friends, and even helped make plans for me to visit her last year. We knew she was getting close to the end of her life- she was 89 turning 90 next week, so her passing wasn't a surprise. Her life will be remembered on Friday but her legacy in clay will remain and live on -hopefully in a way through me, but also through the many people she mentored and encouraged at the Waterloo Potter's Workshop, where she had many friends and colleagues in clay.
I spent a few hours co-ordinating flights for my Aunt Tina and my grandma (Nettie's sisters) who will be going with my dad to the memorial. With Dean away this week I wasn't able to attend- but I'm sure it will be a meaningful time.