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My Friend Pat Died

I just found out that my friend Pat died. She suffered a stroke several weeks ago while she was vacationing with her family in Texas, and fell into a coma. They were not able to bring her home because of her condition. It has been very hard on her family taking care of her so far from home.

Pat was a friend of my mother. She had two sons, Max and Paul, who are around the same age as me and my sister Maria. She taught me that it is possible to befriend a child and keep that friendship when the child becomes an adult.

She was a very supportive and helpful friend.

She encouraged me in my art.

She was an amazing artist herself. She was a photographer and documented most of the major events in our family. She took several portraits of me. Such as this one


She had a distinctive style and a quirky sense of humor. I wish she had posted her work on the internet. I think she would have developed a cult following. I still have all the birthday cards she made for me. And the trophy she gave me when I got my driver's licence. I also have a safe sex poster she made.

My mother has a couple of her prints from a cookbook Pat illustrated. One was of a "vegetable oyster" which she illustrated with an oyster shell peeking out of a corn stalk. Another was for "alpine eggs" that consisted of three hard boiled eggs carved to look like mountain peaks.

She taught me about hand painting black and white photographs.

She was a good friend to me and she will be missed.

Pat's Obituary in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

Comments

so sorry, love, for your loss. My condolences, and my love to you.
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
*hugs*
*HUGS*