Saturday, July 18, 2009

IN MEMORIUM

IDA GAMBLE

MAY 26TH 1916 - JULY 13TH 2009

My dear Nan lived life to the full until she reached the spectacular age of 93.

Just think about that - the number of changes this world has endured and evolved through for almost a century. Born halfway through a World War and growing up during an enormous world-wide recession and yet still finding the spirit to fall in love, get married and have three daughters - the second of which, my Mom, being born just before the onset of the Second World War. Since then there have been economic, technological and philosophical advancements - although sometimes this would be a veritable rollercoaster ride. She was born into a world of hardly any equality for women and walked through the growing pains of a world ready to embrace equality for all, holding down various jobs along the way but succeeding with great eminence in her creation of pastries, cakes and all forms of baking. She took advantage of the growing ease of travelling, seeing parts of the world that must have been unthinkable to her as a child - and, as such, became a great inspiration for me personally.


She inspired all of us. Through her resilience and independence of spirit. Through her strength and kindness and tenderness - having equal time for everyone, at anytime. She inspired us through her love - distributed evenly throughout her three children, six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild as well as all their attendant families and friends.


Truly, she has left an astounding legacy. She was, without a doubt, one of the greatest people I have ever had the benefit of knowing and the privilege of loving.


She will always be remembered.

2 comments:

jon haward said...

a great tribute to your nan mike ,you've all been in my thoughts
jon

J said...

I am sorry for your loss, it has been a tough 12 months. Best to you, Izabella, and your family. May you experience the fullness of Peace together.