“And of course there will be music!”

Barbara Poulshock – A Cate Gable Photo

My heart is heavy with the news of Barbara Poulshock’s death… and, of course with the inevitable regrets that accompany the last journey of a much-admired friend and neighbor.  Did I ever tell her how much I appreciated her fortitude and determination to live life on her own terms as she aged?  Or how much her (seemingly) casual remarks shared over coffee at Adelaide’s about her last years with her beloved Normand sustained me in recent times?

Probably not.  I was always overawed by her grace and fortitude and found it difficult to maneuver beyond her incredible talents. I confess that I sometimes found it difficult to feel easy in her company.  Until… until the time she told me how my own mother had helped her over the rough spots of learning to live alone!  Music and achievement had nothing to do with their bond.  It was their love of old lace and fine stitchery and the reverence for beautiful old handwork that drew them together.  Another dimension of Barbara.  Another dimension of my mother.  And a bond that included me.

Barbara’s son David has written:

Barbara Poulshock at the Oysterville Church, 2014

Mom’s Celebration is at 10AM Thursday
Hello all.  By now you all have heard the news of Mom’s passing,  Friday, August 12th (my apologies if this is the first time you’ve heard).  I want you to know how much the family appreciates your love and support of Mom over these many decades. It’s been a wonderful life!  So that you know, it was a peaceful transition and her last days were joyful, surrounded by family, listening to music, enjoying the sunshine — even giving a piano lesson!
Many thanks to Amber Jacobs, Mary Davis and the Coastal Care team for taking such good care of Mom this last month and a half. We are so grateful she was able to come home and spend time with her wonderful circle of friends.
Since the family was already here, having travelled from all parts of the world, we have planned her Celebration of Life  this coming Thursday:
10:00 AM — Thursday, August 18th
Ocean Park United Methodist Church
Pastor Mary Evelyn Long will guide the celebration.
And of course, there will be music!


One Response to ““And of course there will be music!””

  1. Thank you, Dear Cuz, for this beautiful accolade of Barbara. She truly was a woman of spirit and grace and gave so much to the community. I loved her, too. You speak for all of us in our remembrances of her life, so well lived! Love always, KK

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