Thursday, December 27, 2007
A Beautiful Goodbye
Christmas is such a joyous time of year to be with family and friends. It seems doubly cruel when you lose a loved one at Christmas. It has happened in our family numerous times as I have lost an uncle, my grandmother, and my husband's uncle on Christmas Eve. This year I have lost my friend Pam Hogg, a lovely woman who also happens to have been a quilter. She is the wife of my husband's business partner, and we have been fortunate to have known her for the past twenty years or so. Pam has been bravely battling cancer for the past few years, and passed away on December 23.
When Pam was becoming interested in quilting, her husband Spike offered me $100 not to take her to my sewing room and show her my machine and my stash! Quilting never took over her life as it has mine, but she made a beautiful quilt and matching furnishings for their bedroom. She also made a golfing-themed lap quilt for Spike.
Over the years we have been together on many lovely trips, including two to San Francisco, where she and Spike once were stationed at The Presideo, a now-closed Army base. They were wonderful tour guides for us. This fall during her illness, she and Spike were unable to join us on the trip to New York, and we have missed her presence at the client pig-picking and other events we traditionally share. We took this picture of Spike and Pam on our first trip to San Francisco in 1997.Today, her obituary was in the local paper. If you would like to read a story of true love, I encourage you to read this beautiful tribute written by her husband Spike.
Goodbye, dear friend. You will be missed.