Anne N. Bates

Rhonda M. Irvin
July 9, 1963 – August 30, 2007

The call of the water whether the enormity of the ocean or a backyard swimming pool always beckoned to my daughter, Rhonda.  She was an avid swimmer, a “fish” some would say taking every opportunity to engage in the weightless joy of movement.  Tropical fish tanks decorated her home and office each containing a brilliant spectrum of color, offering a peaceful gaze.

The quilt square made in memory of Rhonda and celebration of her life depicts a mermaid surrounded by schools of colorful fish.  The mermaid’s eyes are closed since they were given as the gift of sight to others.


Submitted by: Mary J. Summers, mother
Voorheesville, NY