In Memory of Angela, Who Knew All the Milking Songs

Feb 10, 2021 | News, Newsletter

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

Recently, we lost a dear friend and devoted volunteer. Angela helped us here at the Sunny Healing Center in Ireland. I wrote a small piece to memorialize her, because she did so much to make our lives easier and help us create a beautiful healing space for Exonerees to heal from the trauma of wrongful conviction and incarceration.

You can read it below. We’ve included photos that Angela took when visiting us. Please take a moment to think of Angela. If you’d like to help us continue our mission that Angela spent so much time helping to move forward, please consider a donation to The Sunny Center.

Angela

You never know when Angela will appear to me these days. In the scent left behind on the guest bed where she would stay when she minded the cats and dogs and hens and the house. Goat cheese reminds me of Angela. She learned how to milk and knew each one’s milking song.

We both had a Barney. Angela’s son and my dog, Barney. My Barney would get so excited when friend Angela would come because he knew she would take him on long walks up the mountain and down to the lake. She knew him all his life and, she said, in his old age he had become a really good companion dog.

My oversized knit sweater reminds me of Angela. My waterproofs remind me of Angela, too. She used to use them on rainy days when she was minding the house and all the animals for us. Have to go out and take care of the hens no matter what the weather. And she did, too.

Angela was our friend. Angela was part of our family. In many ways, Angela is still part of the family.

Angela was many things to many people. She had an amazing life as an activist and an artist and an adventurer. But, to us, Angela was a good, kind, reliable, caring and gentle soul and became a dear friend and part of our family.

Angela was special. We always had a hug and a kiss when she arrived and before she left. And that’s how she will be remembered in our house.

Love you, Angela! And thank you, Beatrice and Barney, for sharing your mum with us.

XOXOXO
All our love, Sunny and Peter


You Can Help Exonerees

Support an Exoneree directly by purchasing a needed item for them!

Click here to go to Paul’s wish list.
Click here to go to Danny’s wish list.
Click here to go to Joseph’s wish list.

Thank you so much for your support! And don’t forget, you can purchase through smile.amazon.com and select The Sunny Center Foundation USA, Inc. as your charity of choice.


Support for Exonerees

If you are an Exoneree who needs someone to talk to, or needs help in some way, contact us. Even though we are not yet allowed to travel or bring others to us, we can connect over the phone or online.

Peace and Love,

Sunny and Peter

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We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

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