Remembering Anna Jane....

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Dear Laurie and Jenn,


I want you to know how often I think of Anna Jane and what a special and caring woman she was – but this you already know I am sure.


I remember when she and your father first moved to Turkey Hill and built that wonderful house.  I was sure she would move away to be closer to one of you girls when your father died.  It was so soon after they moved in and I doubted that she had put down many roots here.  Boy, was I wrong!  She became a vital, even central, part of this neighborhood.


I think of her and laugh at what I presume she would be making of this messy time we are living through with our even messier-minded President at the helm.  She and Patty would have been trying to figure out a way to knit face masks for Cooley Dickinson Hospital.


I also think of her and her beautiful flowers.  I look over to the head of her driveway every time I pass, watching for the flourish of colors that always pop up.  She planted those perennials before the paint was even dry in the house.  I marveled at how energetic she was!


Anna Jane was a truly special woman – kind, caring, thoughtful, giving.  My life and the lives of my children are better for having known her.  She taught great lessons just by the marvelous way she lived her life and cared for those around her.  She enriched my life.  It was a privilege and honor to know her and call her a friend.


I hope that you and your families are untouched by this awful scourge that is ravaging the world.  Anna Jane should be there to help you all with the home schooling!


I miss her terribly.


With so much sympathy,



Kathy Richards

Turkey Hill

Florence, Massachusetts

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