Here’s another one for my occasional feature where I give you a snippet from an obituary I’ve read in the paper.
I didn’t know Blossom, but as with Clarabel, she sounds like a pretty amazing woman.
Blossom was among Philadelphia’s oldest citizens and dedicated to her city and country. After Pearl Harbor, she became central to the war effort. With her children, she organized bundles for Britain, kept a lively correspondence with British relatives and religiously mailed packages to her youngest brother, Joseph, a prisoner in Japan. Early in the 1940s, she became a procurement supervisor for Philadelphia’s Naval Aviation Supply Depot where, before computers, she calculated amounts of supplies necessary to sustain ships going to battle — medical, food, ammunition, oil, etc. ….
She was renown for her walking skills and in her early nineties raised funds for AIDS at a dollar per mile ….
Well known to artists and poets, throughout the world, she inspired poems, drawings and letters. Blossom was proud of her century; she crocheted and knitted until she was 102 years of age. Famous for her booties which were worn by family, friends, curators, artists, and casual acquaintances, she knitted booties for the homeless and filled them with dollar bills during the Xmas holidays in 2004-2005, which she delivered in her wheel-chair.
Blossom died on February 4, at age 104. Rest in peace, Blossom. You have lived a life well lived, and have been an inspiration to those you never met.