I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and your magazine for the years of happiness you provided to my mother-in-law. She passed away March 17, at the age of 84. She enjoyed reading the articles and especially the section of requests on "looking for old and different items" (our Friends & Neighbors department, usually found on Page 14), as she was very good at crocheting and making quilts, and she loved sharing patterns and ideas for projects. She placed an ad in your magazine in about 2002, wanting a pattern for a crocheted oval or square tablecloth. In receiving so many patterns from your wonderful readers, she had a list of states that she had received these patterns from. It included one from almost every state.
It was amazing to her that people just reading the article would be so kind as to send "a stranger" a pattern. It was so much fun to her to keep in contact with each and every person, and when she got a pattern from someone, she would send a thank you note--these people were like pen pals, friends and neighbors. She was one to keep busy doing something with her hands and mind, especially since the passing of her husband 12 years ago. She said she wanted to keep busy and interact with other people as long as she could, saying this would keep her mind sharp.
Again, thank you and your wonderful readers for the enjoyment you gave her.
THE MCKOON FAMILY
Thanks for the note, McKoon family, and we are just as grateful as anyone. It's community members like your mother-in-law who make our Friends & Neighbors department a success.--Editors