Ingrid's mother, Alma Rumsey, died this weekend after being diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor three weeks ago. Alma was 91, and lived quite a life. Born in England, she spent much of her youth travelling with her father, who was a musician in a repertory theater company. She was a dancer in London, spent some time trapped under a bed in a bombed house during the Blitz, met a Kiwi soldier, and came to New Zealand as a war bride. From London to provincial Palmerston North must have been quite a change. Four children in about 5 years, all of whom were competitive skaters, lost her son in a car accident. Widowed for forty-something years, she spent the last few years living in Hawea, close to two of her daughters, Ingrid and Deb (Carolyn lives in Florida).
The funeral is this Friday, at the Lake Hawea Community Centre.