|Sad news from Richard Van Der Voort
||[Dec. 29th, 2007|02:56 pm]
Those who were at Satellite 1 will recall that At The Sign Of The Dragon, who had been planning do join us on the day to sell books, were unable to do so because Marion van der Voort had been taken to hospital in Dumfries in the night preceding the con. At the time, this was all the information we had. Later we heard that she had had double pneumonia.
Richard Van Der Voort says that after being very ill, and spending some time in intensive care, her condition improved and she was transferred to a community hospital in Newton Stewart. She wanted to be at home for Christmas, and with the help of her GP (to arrange oxygen, etc.) this was sorted out, and she got home on Christmas Eve. She
was enjoying sitting in front of a log fire and chatting to several friends who phoned up.
Unfortunately, Marion had a relapse on Christmas Day. The GP attended, but her breathing became steadily poorer, and she drifted into sleep and then coma. She died on the evening of December 26th. Richard, Jamie and two nurses were with her. She had told her doctor that she wanted to stay home,
come what may.
Regarding the funeral arrangements, Richard says:
Marion is being cremated at her request on Monday the 7th of January at
1pm in Dumfries. It will be a small, private ceremony for family and
close friends. Regarding flowers, apart from those closest to us could
you give a little money to charity instead? Marion's own favorite
charities were the Lifeboat Institute or a charity which helps disabled
service men and their families. If you live outside the British Isles, a
local equivalent or your own preference would be just as good.
The business will be closed until after the funeral. Thereafter I will
carry on as well as I can.
On behalf of everyone who was involved with Satellite 1, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Richard at this time.