When I first started reading and posting here in rec-crafts-beads, I
was delighted to find people who share many of my own passions and
also some troubles and ways of dealing with them. I made friends, many
of whom I have never seen in the flesh. We share our love of beads,
creativity, family and friends, our hopes and fears, our ways of
overcoming pain and fear through creative work. One of the brightest,
twinkliest, and occasionally prickliest was Sooz, (Susan Hara) who,
once assured of my true interest in beads, welcomed me here and gave
me many moments of pleasure with her posts. She was a driving force in
this group for many years. Her love of beads, color, animals, and her
husband Kevin were all shared freely with us here.
Sooz died of brain cancer last night, and she is no longer in the pain
that was a daily part of her life for many years. I rejoice in her
freedom from that and mourn the loss of her words. Good night, my
friend. Sleep well,
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I did not know she was ill
because I never got any replies to my emails to her in the last two years.
I have three pictures of her up on my workroom wall.
Sooz was the instigator of the BFNR parcels but there really was a
reason. The ones I got were to cheer me up when I started with my
serious heart problems.
Reading your message made me feel very cold inside.
I treasure all the things that she sent me over the years since she
breathed new life into RCB. Even now that seems to have gone.
My condolences to everyone who feels the loss of Sooz.
May her God keep her in the palm of his hand.
She was diagnosed about a month ago, after a fall. I like to think of
her as out romping with the dogs now, who she missed so much when they
went ahead. And finding the stars an acceptable replacement for
love you, my friend, glad to see you here even for such tidings.
Thanks so much for letting us know this. Having a hard time
responding to this. Pete and I sat here and cried when I read this.
I've loved Sooz dearly and admired her tremendously, as a beader, and
especially as a person.
(After a couple horrendous years, I've pretty much just hidden away.)
As well as having my RCB gallery still on the wall I also have a picture
of one of her dogs.
I check the group everyday hoping someone will post something but I did
not expect this.
Thank you my dear friend and the love is returned.
Sooz delighted in this group back when it was active, even when she
sometimes got infuriated. I wonder now if the cancer had anything to
do with the mood swings that would occur. In a Caring Bridge post from
Sooz when she was diagnosed, she said the scans showed cancer
permeating the tissues " like lace throughout" and I thought, yeah,
thats our Sooz, finding something strangely beautiful to say even
I've missed her, and you guys. She was sick a lot and didnt always
have the energy to answer emails even before this, and we've all been
busy with our various things, both the good and the hard. So, in honor
of Sooz and her love of beads and of us, I'm going to post here again
more often, and show off more beads.
Well I tried many times to get it back and so did Maren.
Last year I had an horrendous year, not as I am going to say on here.
Too much personal info.
I have done some bead work but my all time consuming passion at the
moment is Genealogy. Been doing my DH's and find he descended from
Nobility His 10th great grandfather was Sir William Crich, born 1550
Lord of Crich, which it not so very far from were we live.
You are right about me not joining FB would not touch it with a 10
foot barge pole. I am on Skype though with a web cam.
Wow, do we now call you Lady Shone? LOL.
Facebook is not so bad. You can be as private as you want to, and only allow
"friends" to view your page. Sooz had a private page and so do I. I am
constantly amazed by the RCB people I find on there, including she of the
wonderful stories, Kathy Nicklas-Varrasco. But if you won't join us there,
we shall have to join you here.
Alas no Lady Shone VBG. Sir William had two sons, one the elder also
called William who inherited the title. The other son called Ralph is
DH's 9th great grand father. Well as for me I seem to come from a series
of miners and a customs officer in the 1700's.
There must have been some brilliantly talented craftspeople in your lineage
as well, for those of us who know you, know that there is nothing you cannot
accomplish. I still have the lovely bookmark you made for me and I treasure
my beautiful "bead spoon" that you sent. Have you been able to visit any
boot shows lately?
No I have not been to any boot sale's or antique fairs for a long time.
I have not been driving and cannot walk very far with the bulging disc
in my lower back, It is like a gigantic toothache all down my left leg.
hirley still checks in here and she
Shirley -- I came back just in homage to Sooz, and to see you. Glad
to see you here and sorry about your disc. I am pleased you have
found other ways to keep yourself busy, with the geneology. That
stuff is really fascinating to read!
That's a shame, you always found many treasures there. I will wave my wand
and send healing thoughts your way so that maybe you can get some relief
from the disc. Because of back problems, our friend Valerie Moore recently
had a pain stumulator implanted and is recovering from that surgery.
Hopefully soon she will be pain free.