After the long night
Sun poured down like butter
On a place in the world
losing its leaves.
Air and light stirred up
A sky of particular blue
and Bertie took a quick
sharp breath and flew.
on the bared skin of trees,
Caught the iridescent throat of a late
hummingbird hovering at ease.
Rays shot off the greenhouse
where orchid blooms were
Rising to unwrap themselves
and play on all the senses.
Everything started a new season,
and well south,
A traveling bird swooped down
to a warm perch above
a patch of evening primrose,
And opened its mouth
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Louise was a lovely lady and a fine human being. I only wish she had left me her memory, for much of what I know about my great grandparents came from her. A treasure has gone to the Lord.
"Listen, Judy..." plays in my head everytime I think of Bertie -- she would then go on to tell me of something I should do, see, read, think about. She, along with Johnny of course, were major influences in my life and opened it up in ways that continue with me. Everyone should be so fortunate to have a Bertie in their lives.
Bertie will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. Rest in preace my friend.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to have known Bertie. I first met her when I was a graduate student in the 60's and continued to meet up with her throughout my career. Her devotion to science and life and her remarkable partnership with her husband John in all aspects of life were truly inspiring.
It was a great pleasure to have known Bertie. I thought she was both very bright and extremely friendly, so it was always a pleasure to meet and speak with her. You have my condolences.
It is truly an honor to have known Bertie and worked alongside her in the lab. Memories of her bright mind and bright personality will always bring a smile to my face. She will be missed dearly.
Bertie had a quiet but profound influence on my life as a woman who received a PhD in the sciences before that was common, and in sharing with me her written story of one woman's struggle for gender equity. She was one of a few clear female role models from early in my life. John, Bertie, and their family hold a special place in my heart, Cousin Sharon
I love that Aunt Louise is such a prominent figure in my childhood memories. I am no relation, but I am extremely lucky to have known her and called her "aunt".
It is a great loss of such a gentle, kind and nice lady!