Family & Kids, Life

R.I.P Iona ::: 1926 – 2016

Trish and Janet’s mom Iona died this week aged 90. Their Dad Neil passed away in 2013 just short of his 88th birthday. Poor Iona was not happy after Neil’s death, having to move into a home, then earlier this year into frail care. She remained feisty, but in pain from a crumbling hip. She missed Neil’s amazing care and she missed Trish and Janet, who was her last remaining comfort, but so far away in Maun.

At the end she suffered strokes within the last few days which hastened the end. Janet got down from Botswana in time to make her last two days more comfortable.

Neither Neil nor Iona wanted any fuss – no funeral, no service, but I’m so glad Janet decided to have a little wake gathering of good friends where we spoke about Trish, Neil, Iona, and drank to family, health, fun, friends, memories and dammitall.

Janet and Tobias saw to it that their ashes joined Trish’s (and Bella’s!) in our garden.

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Careful Where You Step!

Recording and reminiscing; with occasional bokdrols of wisdom.

Random, un-chronological memories after marriage, children and sundry other catastrophes.

– this swanepoel family –

My pre-marriage blog is vrystaatconfessions.com. Bachelorhood! Beer! River trips! Beer!

bokdrols – like pearls, but handle with care