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Jul. 30th, 2008 | 06:24 pm
location: Grand Junction, Colorado
music: Judy Collins, "Holly Ann"
posted by: laurielester in eileenpeterson

 We are so bummed and miss Eileen! We were hoping she would have a chance to come visit us after her surgery and see our new place, we know she would have loved it! And we really were hoping to make a trip out there to see her and get the "Eileen tour" of the East Coast some day, she would know all the best places to visit!!

Heather, your mom was so special, she was a kindred spirit to me! We had so many interests in common and I will never forget that she went out of her way to get signed Judy Collins CD's for me, she knew that Judy was an inspiration to me, and you know Eileen was an inspiration to so many people! She was just so loving and enthusiastic and caring and giving! I will always love her!

-Laurie (& David- your cousin...)


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Fond memories from former neighbor

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 7th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)


I was really sorry to hear the news about your mom. You may remember that we lived just up the Court from you in #6, I think it was, and that your mom occasionally had me sit for you and your brother, an experience so…uh…remarkable, that I don't think I ever babysat for anyone else!

Anyway, your mom was quite a force of nature. She and another Greenbelt Democrat named Diane Crit played a huge part in moving me from being a teenage spectator of politics to actually volunteering for candidates. I remember being astonished in 1976 that she was a Carter supporter right from the outset, when every dyed-in-the-wool liberal I knew was for Mo Udall. She said to me, you know, I just think we need a change from all of this in-fighting and nastiness, and I think he's the guy. I couldn't quite bring myself to give up on Mo Udall in the primaries, but knowing that someone as smart and involved as your mom was OK with Carter made it a whole lot easier to close ranks that fall! And whatever else can be said about Carter, he did change the tone of politics, for a brief period.

Your mom and I stayed in touch a little over the years, and I saw her occasionally and talked to her on the phone every now and again. Always high energy, always into something surprising. She and my mom -- Elsie Freivogel was her name back when we were on Maplewood Court -- got together for lunch once a year or so, when my mother was back in town.

Your mom's determination to dive in and experience life was always inspiring, especially as she grew older. And I imagine you've heard from others that she was always bragging on you guys. I was very sorry to hear she's gone. I know this must be a hard time for you, and I hope you can take some comfort in knowing what an impact she had on life in Greenbelt and beyond.

Very fondly,

Matt Freeman

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Re: Fond memories from former neighbor

from: heather_dusk
date: Aug. 17th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)

"your mom occasionally had me sit for you and your brother, an experience so…uh…remarkable, that I don't think I ever babysat for anyone else!"

Scarred you for life, did we? :)

Thank you for sharing your memories of my mother. I have only vague memories of her life in the 1970s; I knew that she was involved in Democratic activities, but that was about it.

I received your mother's note; if you read this before I get back to her, please do let her know that I'll be writing back soon.

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