. . .before it was popular. She loved to jump in the car with children trailing, wandering down unknown roads and lanes, just appreciating Nature’s glory. If she found a little stream, she would stop the car and explore.
She and her husband, Tom, were avid fishermen, and became active in Indiana’s Izaak Walton League. Tom was elected President, and once the membership figured out that it was Leora doing all the work, they elected her President . . . their first woman President. When the organization had a membership drive, Mom would cart along note pads and pens, and draw wilderness scenes on the spot, handing them out to admirers like candy.
I was married, and not aware of how active Mom had become in this organization. She passed away in 1990. I made a new friend in one of my quilting organizations a couple years ago, and we had lunch together one day. Becoming acquainted, we spoke of our parents, and I mentioned Mom and her fishing, adding that she was a painter. My friend paused, and asked, “What was her name?”
“Leora Brown”, I answered. Karen looked up and said, “I met her!” And, she told me about chatting with and watching Mom work with pen and ink at an Izaak Walton League event. Since Mom has been gone so many years, it was heartwarming to have a new acquaintance remember her in the same scenario as I often picture her, drawing nature scenes . . . country lanes and waterways lined with trees and blossoms.