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Monday, February 27, 2006
A Sad Day
I was so sad to open my paper on Saturday to find the obituary for a warm, wonderful woman who was also a very talented quilter.

On Wednesday, February 22nd, Lethonee Jones of Kalamazoo, MI died of complications following surgery. Lethonee was only 67 years old. She was retired from her position as an associate professor of social work at Western Michigan University.

Many of Lethonee's quilts reflected her African-American heritage. She was currently working on a quilt about the Underground Railroad. Her daughter, Angela Gray, will complete the quilt (which was done except for the quilting).

The obitutary mentioned a quilt that I had the pleasure of seeing at it's first showing in the Log Cabin Quilter's biennial show. This quilt was called "Road Kill" and was her reaction to her distress at seeing so many dead animals along the side of the road. The quilt looks like a 2 lane road and has stuffed animals attached with tire tracks. She told the story of how, while working on it, her son approached her to ask her if this was to be his quilt (she had made quilts for her daughter and step-daughter). When Lethonee told Leander no, he let out a big breath and said "oh, good." Here's a link to the piece, which is in the museum collection of Michigan State University:
  • Road Kill

  • Lethonee and her husband, retired professor of Black Americana Studies at WMU, married in 1962 and joined the Peace Corps in 1964, serving 2 years in Somalia.

    Lethonee will be greatly missed.

    posted by Teri Springer @ 7:28 AM  
    • At 12:31 PM, Blogger Gerrie said…

      A loss, indeed. Thanks for telling us about her. She was my age - gulp!

    • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Gerrie said…

      The link to Road Kill doesn't work!

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