Memorial quilt brings back sweet memories of past

The Jo Co Quilters, an Extension and Community Association Club, took on the Community Memorial Quilt as a project this year for Johnston Health. Before the unveiling, they presented the quilt to Wanda Johnson (third from left), the hospice volunteers coordinator. From left to right, the club members are: Judy Garner of Selma, Marielle Cano of Four Oaks, Louise Rose of Stancil’s Chapel, Flora Grantham of Smithfield, and Gina Ross of Smithfield.

Clara Mae Aycock of Princeton loved Christmas. And every year, without fail, she cooked up collards and rutabagas as part of a festive family meal.

At the unveiling of the Community Memorial Quilt in the auditorium of Johnston Medical Mall on April 29,  Aycock’s five grown children fondly recalled those sweet memories, and pointed to the quilt swatch taken from an apron that their mother wore only at the Christmas gatherings.

“It was always a big celebration, and her favorite time of the year,” says Ann Potter, a daughter who lives in Goldsboro. “The quilt brings back a rush of memories. It’s a wonderful way to remember them with love.”

At the Community Memorial Service every fall, families contribute fabric swatches that best represent their lost loved ones. The volunteer coordinator at the hospice house, who then finds volunteers to make the quilt, then gathers the swatches.

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