It is with great sadness that I announce that my friend and fellow artist, Wilma Lovely, died on Tuesday morning. This photograph shows her seated between two of her artworks produced on large pieces of slate, created using recycled glass, jewelry, electrical wire, and other materials. Her "corner", where she created her work, is behind her.
Wilma had been in declining health for several years, but continued to make new work until fairly recently (along with the crocheted afghans and knitted hats she made for friends and people in need). Wilma's work will live on after her. You may see some of it at her website.
Here is her obituary from the Times-Argus.
CABOT - Wilma Lodascia Lovely, 87, died Jan. 10, 2012, at her residence.
She was born July 8, 1924, in Calais, the daughter of the late Claude R. and Corrine (Gallison) George. She graduated from Junior Order of United American Mechanics School in Tiffin, Ohio.
On Nov. 7, 1943, she married Lloyd Lyle Lovely in Barre. They made their home in Cabot for many years.
After the death of her sister, June, she helped to raise the four Sullenberger children.
She was a member of the United Church of Cabot, Cabot Ambulance Service and Twin Town Homemakers in Cabot. She enjoyed making recycled art, knitting and gardening.
Survivors include two sons, David Lovely, of Cabot, and Ronald Lovely, of Plainfield; four daughters, Rose Talbert, of Cabot, Claire Lines, of Corning, N.Y., Marcy Martin, of Cabot, and Lisa Guy, of Williamstown; one brother, Frank George, of White River Junction; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2004; a son, Steven Lovely; and three siblings, Claude R. George Jr., David George and June Sullenberger.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lovely home, 233 Elm St. in Cabot.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Cabot. Burial will be at a later date in the family lot in the Durant Cemetery in lower Cabot.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Special Olympics, c/o Marcy Martin, P.O. Box 45, Cabot, VT 05647, or to the Cabot Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 32, Cabot, VT 05647.
Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick is in charge of arrangements.