Memories of my Sister & Best Friend
Valerie June Hawkins nee Hort
1937 - 2001
sister was a happy go lucky, kind hearted thoughtful woman, a
straight talker who didnt mince words. She was there for her
family and friends whenever anyone was in need. She made it her
business to keep a close eye on older members of the family
visiting when ever possible.
Val and I always had a special bond even though we were ten years
apart in age. She always had time for me when I was a child,
teenager and the rest of my life, she made me feel special.
remember when we shared a room up until she left home I was always
scared of the dark and would crawl into her bed at night. Each day
before she went to work she she was the one to do my hair up in a
ponytail. I snuck off to school wearing her good shoes once, she
wasn’t too pleased about that. I loved trying on all her earrings,
she had belts of all colours with fancy buckles. She was always
very fashion conscious and made her own clothes beautifully. She
loved sport, was a dressmaker, painter, gardener, good cook, great
mother and wife. I could always confide in my big sister, she
was always there for me in happy times and sad ones.
Val made every precious day count when she faced the ordeal of
having cancer. She lost her fight for life on January 9th
2001 she was the bravest lady to the end.
Me (Barbara) sister Valerie & brother Jeffrey 1998
"If I had a flower for
everytime I thought of you,
I could walk in my garden forever."
in this verse below explain the relationship we had as sisters.
There is something very special
About the relationship between sisters
And it's something that isn't easy to explain
Having a sister gives me a feeling of
It's a feeling that I will never really be
For there will always be someone there
Who is a part of me
Someone who has shared my childhood fears
And my adult dreams
Someone who will care for me through the bad
And laugh with me through the good times
A sister is a special person
And no one else can take her place
For although life may separate us
Our hearts will never be parted.