I first met Marie twenty-eight years ago when we were both expecting. That summer my husband and I had our first child, Gerry, and Marie and her husband had their second child, a daughter, Lynn. With three children and four adults we moved together and a year later became neighbors when my family moved to the house next door.
Although we both knitted then, it wasn't until much later that we sat together knitting and chatting, sharing regrets, joys, worries and hopes. In that relaxed state of mind while knitting we grew close together and became friends. Marie knitted and crochet many, many things for many people giving tangible expressions of love generously. When she was diagnosed with cancer in December 2011 she even started what she called a "hope chest". In this chest she placed beautiful baby clothes for future grandchildren.
She passed away two weeks ago from today on June 22nd, after battling cancer for the past 1 1/2 years. A battle which she seemed to win at times. I am grateful for any additional days and hours spent together knitting and otherwise.