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10 May 2007 @ 03:53 pm
Vale - Vonne Eckersley  
This may not mean a lot to many humans out there, but I know it will to some of you.

My step-grandmother Vonne, venerable and mad and thoroughly fantastic lady, is no longer with us.

In true Vonne style, she waited until a party was being thrown in her honour (76th birthday, I believe), the house full of adoring fans and booze and music, and promptly slipped going down the stairs.

Vonne was my grandfather's secretary. They ran away together when she was in her late teens, and stayed together until he died (before I was born). She was a huge fan of swearing and drinking and dancing and loved to shock people for the fun of it. I'm not sure if she ever got around to writing her life story, but if she didn't, someone surely will.

In honour of Vonne, I will now share a bit of wisdom she bequeathed us once at a Christmas-ish dinner. To be read in the broadest possible accent of your region of choice:

Mah son Billy
Had a ten-foot willy
He showed it to the girl next door.
She thought it were a snake
So she hit it with a rake
And now it's only five foot four.

You will be sorely missed, Vonne.
crystal_stormcrystal_storm on May 10th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful farewell you have shared. Hugs and love.

Drop me a line when you hit Melbourne again :)
Delicious James Flowstarofpersia on May 10th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
that's amazing. condolences if I weren't laughing at that limerick!
Gailkowari on May 11th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Ah yes bawdy morris songs.
Believe it or not!

Beer accents and dancing with handkies!

Speaking of silly - Eurovision on Sunday night! OH YES!
hermia sometimeshermia8 on May 12th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
vonne was the most awesomest step grandmother ever. i know i've said really all there is to say via email but i feel the need to add it here for future generations to venture across... or something.

vonne eckersley went out in the grand style and to the same tune that she lived it would seem. very fitting but nonetheless heartwrenching. i'll always remember her saying to me 'but Darling, i've discovered antidepressants and they make me feel wonderful Darling. The doctors say that one needs to monitor how long one stays on them as they could be bad for a long time but Darling at my age I think i'll just stay on them for the rest of my life! They're so delightful!' she must have been the ripe old age of 69 then, i'm glad she got a few more years of delight out of them.

every time i see a feather boa i will think of vonne.