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Avril Garscadden


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GARSCADDEN, Avril Avril Margaret Garscadden (nee) Thompson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 24, 1940. After escapes as a child from bombing of that city during WW2, she attended Strandtown School and Ashfield School. She won provincial competitions in voice, piano, and dance. Afterwards she worked for the Harland and Wolff Ship Building Company. As newlyweds, Avril immigrated to the USA with her physicist husband, Alan, in January 1962. They settled in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and remained there raising four children: Graeme, now a pediatrician in Colorado Springs, CO; Neil, a businessman in Tokyo; Gael, a specialist in International Relations at the World Bank in Washington, DC, and Hilary, a physical therapist in Seattle, WA. Once her children were in school, Avril attended Wright State and earned a B.Sc. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. Avril enjoyed music of all kinds especially the classics and she sang with YS Choir in the 70's and 80's. She was an avid reader and listener of UK histories and travel books, a proficient gardener, and most of all she was a prolific expert at fine needlework as the walls of her home attest to with displays of Celtic scripts and patterns, dragons, and cathedrals. Avril and Alan more recently enjoyed cruises to Europe and England, and especially to Australia and New Zealand where some of her mother's family had settled in the 1920's. Once both retired, they traveled more frequently and visited their children and 5 grandchildren: Kyle, Amanda Erin, Jamie, Vivian and Malakai. Avril's favorite photograph was taken on the day she received her US citizenship.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Sept. 13, 2018
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