We spent the end of Helen's visit in Melbourne, where we stayed with Lindy (H's aunt) and Geoff, and visited Margaret Brown (H's grandmother). Helen caught up with a fair number of friends and cousins, we did some very successful clothes shopping, and generally had a lovely stay. I came home and promptly developed an infection in my bionic leg, and was quite ill and full of antibiotics for weeks and weeks. Helen had a tour of Spain to make, and promptly developed pneumonia. Such consequences make me nervous about going out the door, really.
From the Canberra Times:
The song has ended, but the memory lingers on. Died peacefully at The Canberra Hospital. Beloved wife of Keith. Loving mother of Christopher and Alison. Mother-in-law of Jenny, grandmother of Matthew and Isabelle. Will be missed by her good mate Bertie. The funeral service for Lois will be held in St Columba's Uniting Church, cnr Fawkner and Farrer Streets, Braddon on Thursday, 6 March, 2008 commencing at 2pm. Burial will follow in the lawn section of the Woden Cemetery.
There's an obituary on the site of ANATS - Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Inc.
Helen and I visited Lois in hospital in February but, to our sorrow, she didn't recognise us. She was my singing teacher when I returned from Switzerland in 1976, and for as long as I had a voice. She was a colleague and a great help when I was teaching musicianship and languages to singers. She was Helen's first singing teacher. I valued her matchless knowledge of repertoire, and her friendship, and I miss her.
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