Saturday, October 27, 2007


Elnor Ragan, 1914-2007
(This photo was at her 90th birthday celebration in 2004)

My beautiful sister-in-law died early this morning. Until a little over a year ago, when she fell and broke her hip, Elnor was super active. She taught violin, trained trios for competition, repaired stringed instruments for orchestras and schools, planted extensive gardens around her self-designed earth-sheltered house, went on Elder Hostel trips that involved long hikes, cared for her latest well-trained dog, etc.etc. I will miss her, although we didn't see each other often. She lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a long way from Berkeley, California. She was a lifelong peace activist and, as older sister, introduced Otto to her ideals, now his - and mine.

This week's Sunday Scribblings has the word "hospital" for its prompt. I don't need to stray from the subject of Elnor to find an amusing story. While Elnor was still in the hospital with her broken hip, her daughter Lenore asked her what she might want that would make her happier. What she wanted was her violin! Not flowers or pretty nightgowns or goodies to eat. She couldn't play it, but having it nearby gave her a sense of well-being.

Yes, that's the whole of my Sunday Scribbling. Do I get an award for brevity?


Marianne said...

Elnor IS quite the Beauty! and what an incredible soul.
It does my heart good knowing she lived in Oklahoma... and knowing she shared her talents and beliefs.

Knitting needles raised... here's to Elnor! Long may she live in the hearts and lives she touched.

Robin said...

What a special woman indeed. I'm so sorry that she is gone from you, and it sounds like the world will be a poorer place for it.

gautami tripathy said...

She seemed like an wonderful person. Sorry she is gone.

sundaycynce said...

Lovely tribute to one who is obviously a lovely lady.

Tumblewords: said...

Your posts are always lovely to read. Sorry Elnor is gone as she was a great and unusual lady. How wonderful that she was here for so many years!

nonizamboni said...

Lovely post, lovely woman and music lover to the end. How like you to introduce us to someone dear and wonderful, whose life is an encouragement.

Dianne said...

What a Beautiful Lady..My condolences..I found your blog via Marianne..and hope you won't mind if I become a regular reader..