A posting I dread to put up. Last Wednesday morning I got a call from Brigid's sister Libby - Brigid was out - giving me the shocking and horrible news that their sister Kate had died in her sleep.
There was no prior sign of heart disease, but Tuesday evening she hadn't felt like eating and then complained of a backache. She went to bed and then the next day a friend called, and then found her dead in her bed. The post mortem indicated a huge coronary artery blockage.
Now Kate was great, and we all loved her. Charming, personable, witty, caring, very vibrant - just great. I still just cannot believe she is gone - and it was awful to have to break the news to Brigid and then Joe and Tim.
I could tell lots of great stories - the first time I met her !!! - her visits to us - etc. but instead I'm just going to post a couple of pictures from July, 2008, and then embed a whole posting I did at that time. It was the last time i visited with her - along with the rest of my family - in York. Hindight at 20/20 of course we should have visited more often and vice versa. We chatted often enough on the phone, but it's just not the same thing ...
Brigid took this picture of Kate when they were in France, in July, 2008. Kate was 65 at the time of this picture.
And here she is with Joe, in York a few days later. Brigid and the boys had travelled from Libby's house outside of London and then travelled to France to meet up with Kate. And then back to York. Joe was 14. At this point, I'd arrived and it looks like we were playing monopoly.
Below is a complete posting from July 15 '08, of the night before we left England and came home. We went to an Italian restaurant outside York and I took lots of pictures of Brigid and Kate, and then posted them on Faranda's Folly. Nothing more to say.
The last night we were at Brigid's sister's house in York - last Wednesday - we took Kate to dinner at an Italian place, "Luigi's Restaurant."
Here's a medley of pix of the two sisters, as they look at pictures, order from the menu, eat (and drink) -
St. Francis rules at "Luigi's"