In Memory : Louise Young

My great-grandmother, Louise Young, passed away on Wednesday morning. She was 97. Surviving her are five children, 19 grandchildren and even more great-grandchildren. She survived at least four major hurricanes, most recently returning to her little New Orleans cottage after the devastation of hurricane Katrina.

Grandmother Young loved to be surrounded by her family. For her 85th birthday she asked for a dinner (7 courses in traditional French presentation) with all of her family there. Whenever we came to visit from Colorado, she would cook miniature pecan pies for each of her great-grandchildren.

Perhaps her most influential impact on me was her love of art. She was a member of the New Orleans Museum of Art and always took her great-grandchildren when they visited. I saw original works of Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet and grew to appreciate the impact of creativity and the historical and cultural relevance of art.

It's difficult to be on the other side of the world when family events happen. I have gotten used to missing holidays, but this year I have missed my Grandparents (Duward and Vivian Vernon) 60th wedding anniversary and the passing of Grandmother Young.
I would not trade my life or go back, but every good thing has its cost.

So, to all my family at home and abroad, my heart is with you and I love you all.

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