10/27/1920 – 04/03/2010
Shaun’s mom was a gifted water-color artist. We’re lucky to have some of her work. She was skilled in all sorts of crafts and made wonderful things for family and people in need. She had the gift of being strong-willed and capable of getting things done: her life was dedicated to her family, her art, her community, and her church. Many things got done.
She had a quirky and lightening quick wit. Once, while attending a fancy gala, an appetizer of frog legs was placed in front of her. She looked at them for a moment. Then she picked them up and made them dance the Can-Can across her plate. In a ballroom full of elegant invitation-only dinner guests. We won’t say where exactly, let’s just say we are not ruling out The White House. Her companions were horrified or in stitches. (It was something a good wife just did not DO in the 1950’s. The etiquette!) What made it even funnier, is she was known as the person to follow: if other guest were not sure how to handle their cutlery or a situation, they were advised to watch Shaun’s mom, as she was always proper.
This leaves me with an image of a vast sea of elegantly appointed tables, elegantly dressed men and women, at a State dinner, making frog legs do the Can-Can.
She will be greatly missed by her family, her church, and her community.
This is one of my favorite personal photos of her: she looks every inch a queen.
We will miss you.