Bob, Bruce, Joan, Norman, please accept my sympathy. Aunt Zada was indeed a very special lady and blessed our family with her great spirit and joy.
I enjoyed so much the photo gallery.
Dear Joan, Bruce, and Bob,
It saddens me to hear of your mother's death. I have more vivid memories of her than any other extended family members, I do believe. I have relayed stories to my kids about her time and again and rarely does a friend or co-worker know me for long without hearing them as well.
She was someone special to me in almost a 'rock star' sense. For one, she lived in St. Louis! That big city that we visited from time to time to visit with you all. Those visits might include a trip to the zoo, no less. But I also remember sitting at the train station in Poplar Bluff waiting for her train to come in. She would get off, carrying her large braille books / magazines, and wearily declare 'those had to be square wheels!' I remember that phrase verbatim! I also remember the large wagons with large blocks of ice on them at the train station. That picture is framed with her, for some reason.
My mother was so proud of her sister 'who graduated with HONORS' from college. I've bragged about my aunt who never carried a cane because it would make her look handicapped, navigated the transportation system of a large city, worked . . . . . Oh, I asked her one time how she knew how to correct typing / spelling errors - she said she just made sure not to make them! She said she memorized all the spelling of all medical terminology, because she didn't have a braille dictionary with those terms. . . . AND, she graduated for Washington University WITH HONORS.
I loved to have her read to me from one of her books. It was magical! She taught me braille, which I learned to read by sight . . . hmm. I wrote her a few letters in braille and still have her replies. She chided me for my spelling of the salutation in the letter saying, "I am NOT a nut!" I was a little embarrassed, as I would be most of the time now, if not for spell check. That last time I talked to her, she mentioned my venture with braille. I laughed that I only learned it by sight to which she replied, "well, if you ever became blind, you'd at least have a start."
I regret that distances keep us from visiting more. You were all special to me and we all share a lot of the same memories. Summers and Christmases always come to mind when I think of you all. Oh, and the night Joan and I spent the night at Uncle Bud's and Aunt Kathryn's 'chicken house' temporary house while they built their new one. We woke up to frost on the INSIDE of the windows! Remember how Aunt Kathryn said "Jo-an" in two syllables!
May God bless each of you through this transition and may you feel his embrace and peace.
Kathy Kurz Stewart
Thank you for blessing our family with all your love. You have been a wonderful inspiration to me & I will always have a place in my heart for you.