Cari Jackson (my husbands grandmother) has gone to heaven at 101 last night : Born January 7, 1909 in Vienna, Austria and departed this earth on March 18, 2010. Everyone that she met, she touched their lives in some way. I am really fortunate to have had her in mine. She was an artist amongst many of her gifts and learned to paint from Sandy Low, who built the art collection at The New Britain Museum of American Art. Katherine Hepburn lived in her neighborhood and loved her sisters cooking! She marched on Washington in her 60's and had the White House on redial. One of her gowns she designed was exhibited at the Smithsonian. She started her career as a dress designer in her mid 40's working into her 60's. Cari almost died from colon cancer at 48 but lived on gloriously for a 53 year survivor of cancer! Here are some things she wrote for us to carry forward. May she rest in peace and her spirit with us ever present.
"Always be aware of others and your surroundings."
"Be prepared, in whatever you choose to do and to do it well."
"Love one another."
"Reach for the stars. Never be satisfied with the mediocre."
"Learn just one new thing each day and you will stay young forever."
"Time is precious and elusive. Waste it not."
We made a book on her life as an artist, dress designer, immigrant who passed through Ellis Island, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and citizenship (she spearheaded a current events group in her assisted living at Mayslake Village where they discussed politics once a month and she was the moderator).
I wrote a blog a while back on Drawger when she turned 100.