Sunday, May 6, 2018

Cancer is a cruel one



Two weeks ago today our family lost a wonderful person.  My sister-in-law's seventeen year battle with cancer came to an end.

Joanne was funny, interested in others, loved her family and friends dearly.  She was compassionate and always kind.  She was a loyal sibling, spouse and mother.  She was a wonderful aunt, sister-in-law and friend to many.  She was a role model of courage and determination as she met each new episode of cancer and other health issues stoically.  She continued to have a sense of humor and relished laughter.  She will be missed always by everyone who knew her.

Here she was in 2008 when she and her twin sister came to spend a week at "weaving boot camp" at my studio.  I showed them both how to set up a loom and they planned, warped, and wove rag fabric into a rug (Joan) and a runner (Jean).




 At the end of the week I took them on a field trip to John Campbell Folk School and my husband treated us all to dinner that evening--at which time he presented them both with a trophy, blue ribbon and a certificate of achievement he'd printed just for them!  What a fun time for us all.


Joan had such a good time doing the weaving she bought a loom and wove quite a few things with it until other health issues arose that caused her not be able to weave any longer.  I have a hand towel and a table runner she wove that I treasure and I think of her every time I use them.

She will be truly missed by all who knew her.  Here are links to the posts I made when our boot camp was going on in 2008:


11 comments:

  1. Oh Tommye, I am so sorry I know you were excited that she was learning to weave. I remember when she got
    that loom. Thinking of you and your family during this sad time.

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    1. Thanks for remembering her. She was surely excited to get the loom from you! It gave her much pleasure while she was able to use it.

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  2. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Sister in Law. Sounds like she was a delight and will e always in your hearts.

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    1. She was indeed a delightful person, Sue. She will be so missed.

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  3. I'm so sorry, Tommye. Sisters (and sisters-of-the-heart) are precious. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

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  4. So sorry for your loss. Wonderful remembrances of your tkme together.

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    1. Thank you, Michele. It's tough, as you know.

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  6. I was sorry to read this... She seems so wonderful! May all of you find peace in your hearts as you celebrate her life!

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    1. Rachel, thank you very much for your kind words. Yes, she'll definitely be missed!

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