Blanket contributed by Jo Ellen Hustler Devereaux to Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek

Blanket contributed by Jo Ellen Hustler Devereaux

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Jo Ellen Hustler Devereaux
Puyallup, WA
Tags
Homemade, In memoriam, Mothers, Sisters, Tacoma stories
Charlene Huster Schooley
1946-2007

She spent her life in service
caring for another
A nurse, a friend, companion
a sister, wife and mother.
She grew up in south Puget Sound
from the age of two
Bringing joy and laughter
to all of those she knew.
A graduate of Wilson High
and a Clover Park Vo Tech-er
Let her switch to nursing
from a Food King grocery checker.
She learned crocheting in her teens
with her mother by her side.
The products of their needle arts
are scattered far and wide.
Charlene would never leave the house
without a project in her hand
And countless ones did she complete
in her lifetime span.
She generously gave them
to family and to friends
And homeless ones also received
her handmade dividends.
This afghan made of Granny Squares
she crocheted from yarns left over
From her many projects
and found the whole world over.
And like the afghan, she brought warmth
to stranger, family, friends
Wrapping them into her arms
with a love that never ends.