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Friday, December 23, 2011

Tribute to My Friend

The Bali Calendar

Tribute to My Friend -  Lorraine Rushford Gaire

Back in November when I first posted this painting I mentioned that a very dear friend had given the calendar to me and I was going to send it to her as a gift. What I did not say was my friend was losing a very long and courageous battle with cancer. She died this morning.  I write this because I feel a deep sense of loss and wish to convey what a remarkable woman she was.
Lorraine worked long and hard for improved education and developed text books to help immigrant children become bilingual within the different school systems.

She befriended me when our children were in kindergarten together and included me in her family gatherings. Being a new immigrant and missing my own family, this meant the world to me. Her family became my American Family and has stayed so through  these many, many years. Her sisters became my friends and  I saw her two daughters grow into amazing women, choose wonderful, decent men, get married  and then in turn came along the much loved grandchildren.
The family never left her during the final, difficult, few weeks. Her daughters were true angels. I am so proud of them all.

Lorraine was always supportive of my art and for my first exhibition, flew out with her sister Jane to show support and they put the first red dots on the wall! Any artist will understand the importance of that!

I named my daughter after this wonderful friend .

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  1. A wonderful tribute and I'm very sorry to hear of this sad loss, especially at this time of year.

    A friends husband died in my small village two days ago and it has left the village in a state of sad melancholy.

  2. I was saddened and touched in reading the history behind this painting, but in having said and felt that sadness in your words, this is quite a beautiful painting, Julie, and what a beautiful way to celebrate and honour the life of a very special and very dear friend of yours.

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Julie. May I take this time to wish you and your loved ones a beautiful and peaceful Christmas.

    Nollaig shona dhuit - June in Ireland


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