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Sad News

Friends and Robins,
It is with deep sorrow and the greatest sense of loss I have ever known that 
I have to tell you that my sweet white-haired mother, Rita, passed away last 
night in the place she loved most, at my home in Connecticut.
Many of you knew and loved her and I wish I had the time to tell you each 
personally of this sad day, I hope you will understand.
Two weeks ago today we spent the day doing what she loved, potting hostas, 
tending my garden and putting together the photo album from the Ann Arbor 
convention. At dinner time she went to wash up and suffered a burst aneurysm.
She amazed everyone by surviving the event. My two sisters flew to 
Connecticut the next day and we experienced a miracle when she woke up and 
was able to talk to everyone in the family and friends who called on the 
From the time she arrived at the hospital she had the top Yale neurosurgeons 
consulting on her case. She was able to tell us that she wanted to come back 
to my home and be in the sun room where she could see the garden and watch 
the birds and creatures that she loved. She slipped back into a coma a week 
ago and she came home with me under hospice care.
She had a passion for life and loved gardening, especially hostas and hosta 
people. One of her favorite things was the hosta photograph project that we 
worked on together since 1991. If anyone wishes, memorials in her name can be 
sent to continue the Hosta Library web site or to your local hospice 
For Hostalibrary.org contributions, contact Barbara Jones at BBrownJ@ AOL.com 
or Bob Axmear at bobaxe@sbtek.net.  Hospice can be found in your local phone 
Reet and I will be going back to Ohio so I will be off-line for a while.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers,
Carol Brashear in CT.

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