Laura Keyes Perry
Roanoke, Virginia USA
Statement: Alzheimer's has got to be in the Top Ten Worst Ways to Die. My mother and her twin sister both suffered from this, and it was terrible to see them losing their short-term memories, their memories of the past, the names of their friends, the faces of their children, their speech, their mobility, their ability to eat, and finally even the sad, bewildered look in their eyes. Luckily, their children, grandchildren, and relatives by marriage rallied around and loved them anyway. How we miss them!
In making my quilts, I recall stories of how the twins went to sewing classes together in the 1920s, when sewing machines (like Model Ts and upright telephones) all were black. Beulah made sure her daughter knew how to sew, too. I remember how Bertha delighted in making matching outfits for her children, or for herself and Beulah. Well into her eighties, she was still making quilted tote bags that her friends and family all recognize as Bertha's Bags. Sometimes, I have been able to incorporate a piece of fabric from the dresses they made into my Alzheimer's quilts.
Beulah cared for her husband during his long, last illness, with courage and constant love. I also honor the caregivers -- friends, family, and professionals -- who care for those no longer able to thank them.
Total raised so far: $4,460.69