Saturday, October 01, 2005

In Memoriam

Marie Anne Colette Muise was born on July 28, 1929 to Regina Laurette Muise and Simon Maurice Muise of Amirault's Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada.

On March 23, 1948 Colette married John Spadafora of Malden, Massachusetts, and relocated to the United States, where she became a US citizen. She soon had a daughter, Carmen (my mother), and twin sons, John and Thomas.

She enjoyed frequent trips between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth -- on the Bluenose, and later, on the Scotia Prince -- spending almost the entire trip at the one-armed bandits, which she loved. She refused to set foot on the Cat.

Colette loved to visit Prince Edward Island, and was particularly enraptured by L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables stories. "No! Anne with an 'e'!" She and I both agreed that Megan Follows (of a CBC television version) was extremely cute, and made a great Anne.

Colette, though Acadian as they come, learned how to make the most amazing Italian red sauce I've ever tasted, though she still retained the ability to whip up a first class Rappie Pie.

She had a lavender car -- her pride and joy -- and she loved to drive.

Throughout her years, Colette endured more than her share of tragedy and hardship, but kept her chin up and projected an air of bravery and fortitude that lifted our family through many troubles.

Colette laid her burden down on Thursday, September 29, in Medford, Massachusetts, surrounded by her family and closest friends. She went peacefully, calmly and bravely, with the same grace that she displayed so many times in her life.

Colette is survived by two sons, four grandchildren, and a great grandchild soon to be born.

Be safe, Grammy.