First of all, please excuse my cellphone camera pictures, we're going out of town tomorrow and my husband packed the camera in the camper, which is at my parents' house.
As soon as I read the topic of this challenge, I knew I had to make a sock monkey for my aunt Mary Sue (or "Aunt Suzie" when I was little), who died 4/3/2005 of an Aortic Dissection. She was the neatest person, and I loved her so much. I want to give you a little background before I show you my monkey. Here's the blog I wrote when I first found out she'd died:
The look on my father's face was something I've never seen before. "What?" I asked.
"Mary Sue died..." He said it like he was trying to convince himself.
Mary Sue is my aunt, and she doesn't die. She loves animals and plants, and has one of the few houses on Main Streen that is ever decorated for the holidays. She collects rainbows, spoils her granddaughter, and finds the neatest toys and gadgets. She details cars. She laughs easily. We had Christmas at her house this year.
She lived across the alley from us until I was five. She always gave me grape Kool-Aid when I came over. She sewed me a baby blanket. My middle name is hers.
Mary Sue doesn't die. It's just not something she's capable of. She's just a little older than my dad. How does she just... die?
6:47 pm - 04.03.05
Here's a little of her obit.
Mary S. Gaskill
Mary Sue "Rainbow Lady" Gaskill, 55, died of an apparent stroke on Sunday, April 3, 2005, at her home.
Mary Sue was a one-of-a-kind automobile detailer for G-T Auto Plaza. She was a loving mom, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
She loved rainbows, gardening, flowers, animals and life. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She also loved camping, biking and playing Frisbee. Mary Sue was the campground toy lady. She gave all the campground kids toys as they went by, even the noisy kinds that annoyed parents.
She always gave a helping hand to friends and strangers, alike. Mary Sue was the most hard-working woman you would even meet. She never would complain. Please remember Rainbow Lady for her peachy-keen compassion for life and love for all.
Here's my "Aunt Suzie" angel monkey (the backdrop is the blanket she made for me when I was a baby).
She's made completely of socks, except the frame of her wings and her stuffing.
Flower because she loved gardening, her yard was always so beautiful. She had plants all over inside her house too.
Broken heart for several reasons. It was her heart that tore and killed her, but also because she had a really hard life.
But she always had a smile, even when it hurt. She was the kindest, most generous, loving person ever, I swear.
I wish I would have had time to do more, I had so many ideas of accessories to make. But I've had "morning" sickness all day for a while and have been working a lot and just plain exhausted, and since we're leaving tomorrow, I had to finish up tonight.
I'm a bit emotional, I blame it on the pregnancy, and the fact that Aunt Suzie loved kids and would have loved to meet my baby.