Sunday, August 31, 2008

In Memoriam.

On Friday morning, the twenty-ninth of August, 2008, in one of the serenely beautiful valleys around Robertson in South Africa, our beloved friend, Mercia Stowe, nee Nel, died at the hands of a drunk driver.

Her sudden passing has left Bob, her husband of forty-four years, devastated. Mercia’s daughter Leslie and sons Frederick and Thomas are bereft. As wife and mother she gave her all and her best. We, her friends and admirers around the world, are deeply heart-sore because she treated us all as if we were her family.

We loved her for her enthusiasm and her kindness, her energetic pursuit of good and right, her love of family and friends. A Viking at heart, she inspired all those who came into her ambit to do a little more, and a little better, for the good of mankind.

Mercia, may your voyage to Spirit be on smooth seas, and with the wind in your back.


Bird said...

To the entire Stowe family - Please know that you are all in our prayers and on our minds during this terrible time.
God Bless.
~Brighid & Keith Brown

Martine said...

There are no words. Just our deepest sympathies and prayers for strength and grace. We will keep you close to our hearts in the coming months as you find your way.
Much love,
Martine and family

Winks said...

I know we ought not to cry UNFAIR! but that is what this is. That someone with so much to give, with so much life to live, with so much love, and who enjoyed life so very much - should die so needlessly is senseless to say the least.

Our love all the way, Stow family - our hearts are with you.

Much love,
Wrights, Swaziland

tori said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Much love, Tori Hickson in London (nee Richards)

The Butterfly said...

The news of Mercia's death absolutely knocked my senses for a loop. I actually have a very hard time believing it at all. The passed couple of days I have been remembering so many great times we all had together.My parents adored her and Dad called her Marcia and she referred to him as Unc. There were so many gatherings of family and friends in the Stow homes. I am imagining a great gathering of so many of the same people in the next part of life.Mercia is in great company. My thoughts and prayers now go to Bob, Lesley, Fred and Tom who have to go on with life without her physical presence. God bless you and all who will miss her forever.