My son-in-law's mother, Pauline, passed away last evening. Her health had been frail for some time but took a turn for the worse on New Year's Day. It is extremely sad for the family. She was a wonderful mother of five, grandmother of many, and great-grandmother of several.
She was an avid quilter, cross-stitcher, grew bonsai and was interested in needle felting, and always ready to learn a new craft. She had recently started to learn how to knit socks. She was a very interesting lady.
Above is one of the quilts she was working on for one of the grandkids. (Picture taken December 2007). I have several of her beautiful, hand-knitted scarves.
For the last 18 years I spent many a holiday at her home which was the gathering place for family. Tables laid end to end from the kitchen to the living room, it was not unusual to have 35+ people at the dining table, linen tablecloth, real dishes and food fit for a king. I always felt welcomed. Everyone pitched in bringing a favorite dish and with cleanup afterwards. Lots of chatter and laughter especially with the ritual Christmas Yankee swap. Both she and her husband, Normand (who passed away April of 2006), were very gentle and loving people.
She took excellent care of my first grandchild the first year he was born and never expected anything in return. That is the kind of woman she was.
My daughter was fortunate indeed to marry into this family.
One of my last visits with her, I had occasion to spend time with her alone crafting. She wanted my help blocking a sweater.
She will be missed by so many!