10 May 1948 – 14 September 1998

Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 12:18:29 -0500 (CDT)
To: bobm@agsm.edu.au
Subject: Sympathy

Dear Zoë and Joshua:

I met you and your mom when you came to California several years ago. We had heard so much about you from your dad. We knew how happy he was with your mom, and how proud he was of his two beautiful children. And indeed, one sunny afternoon at a party in your house we were able to witness that all your dad had said was true, and we were very happy for him.

Hazel’s good looks, charm and a very easy going and accepting attitude toward everybody. Spending time around her was totally delightful!! I thought, at the time, that part of it was the Australian easy-going spirit. But then I saw her when her mother and aunt came for a visit. She was so loving and helpful with them. She was this way toward you who were little and wanted her undivided attention in the middle of the party and the great jokes some of her Australian friends were telling.

I thought she was unusual in this very wonderful way. She always had a nice word for people, a funny remark, a forgiving attitude, a happy mood, and she was friendly and loving, very loving. A hard-headed lawyer who is also beautiful, charming and loving? How many chances in the world? One in a million!!!!

I will always remember her telling us about how she met your father (and your father appeared in these stories as none other that Mr. Right in White Horse adding to that the beautiful blue eyes, the burly looks, the sense of humour, well, she was in love it was clear), plus another story about a trunk and or a table in an attic. I forget the details, but we were captivated by how much she cared for your dad and their many moments of joy of their life together, the best of which were the birth of you two.

She lives in our hearts as a wonderful person.

May her legacy of love warm your lives forever.

We hug you very tenderly,

Cristina and Laurent

Cristina and Laurent were friends of Hazel’s and mine.

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