Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Goodbye to a Friend

When I lived in Osceola, Missouri I was friends with an amazing woman, Gayl Bousman. She lived on her family's farm outside of town and operated her own business, Evening Shade Farms. She raised goats and made extraordinary soap from their milk. Her Soaphouse was the scene of many wonderful get-togethers and workshops. She had a large garden and grew much of her own food. I remember her as a total homebody who travelled reluctantly to promote her soaps, but was most comfortable in her kitchen. She succumbed to breast cancer last Thursday and was buried on her own property on Saturday. She will, I know, rest peacefully there within sight of her beloved garden.


Anonymous Sharon Hutchinson said...

We did shows with Gayl - we are weavers and rug braiders. I just heard of her death last night, and was saddened. Her passing leaves a hole that cannot be filled. Her spirit was indomitable, her will to create the best inspired each of us. It took her a lifetime to gain the recognition she should have had years ago, which she never sought, only to create the best product imaginable. She will be missed. Sharon and Ron Hutchinson

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