Only yesterday I posted about the terrific fringed waistcoat and boots that Jean made for me Christmas 2011 for the Secret Santa Swap. I was so saddened to read this morning that Jean passed away yesterday. She was a very special lady who will be remembered very fondly in the Sasha community for her graciousness, friendliness and of course amazing talent, especially in making her fabulous 'JJ Shoes' which many of us are lucky to have.
I remember with much fondness our conversations before I went to New Zealand last year when I asked her for a pair of 'hiking' (walking) boots for Henry as I knew we would be hiking with my Dad while over there. Jean came up trumps with what eventually became known as 'Henry's Hiking Boots or Henry's New Zealand Hiking Boots'. I feel that was a very special thing to do, not only make these boots for Henry, but then to also name the boots after him. Henry feels very honoured indeed.
Jean also made some special shoes for my 'twins', Connor and James and I do believe most of my girls have a pair of her shoes for which I feel very lucky indeed.
Dear Jean, we will miss you and corresponding with you, and will remember you with fondness and a smile every time Henry wears his boots, and when any of the boys or girls wears their shoes. Our prayers and best wishes are with your family and friends at this sad time and I hope the love that we all had for you will bring them the strength needed in the days, weeks, months and years to follow.
Love Lorraine & Henry