Sunday, September 27, 2015

Vale, Olive Jean "Babe" Winter 2/3/1923 - 24/9/2015

Mum with great-grandchild Pippa in July 2015

Mum and Dad at their wedding in 1955
We lost mum last Thursday.  Mum survived 17 hours after life sustaining drugs and ventilation were stopped. Doctors thought she would only last a few minutes.  Stoic to the end, that was Mum.

Ever since the early 1930s, when as a child in ringlets she stood on the stage of the Thebarton Town Hall reciting poetry and winning prizes for elocution, Mum has loved poetry.

Lucid and with a wonderful memory right to the end,  Mum took solace in reciting and listening to poetry.

In her final weeks Mum particularly found comfort in George Gordon Byron's "So we'll go no more a roving."

So, we'll go no more a roving 
   So late into the night, 
Though the heart be still as loving, 
   And the moon be still as bright. 

For the sword outwears its sheath, 
   And the soul wears out the breast, 
And the heart must pause to breathe, 
   And love itself have rest. 

Though the night was made for loving, 
   And the day returns too soon, 
Yet we'll go no more a roving 
   By the light of the moon. 

Olive Jean "Babe" Winter, forever in our hearts.

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