today is a sad day for us. Anton’s beloved grandmother passed away in the early hours of the morning. she was a true matriarch, who lived to 91 and left behind a legacy of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and countless more loved ones. she handmade our wedding rings, even though her hands were crooked with arthritis. she had the best, loudest, naughtiest laugh; a dry sense of humour and a straight forward matter-of-fact manner that made everybody grin. she was the first person in Anton’s family that he introduced me to, a loving and creative woman who made a lasting impression on his life and so many others.

goodbye Marie Jeanne Neilson, Oums, you will be missed.



  1. What a beauty. Her light radiates in these photos. Thank you for sharing with us here. Sending love across the miles and the ocean as she transitions.

    Thinking of you and your beloved family.

  2. My condolences to you both, she seems like such an inspirational person. I lost my grandmother 2 years ago and I still can’t get used to it, and the fact that she will be missing in so many moments of my life…

  3. So sorry Diana for your and Anton’s loss. Your rings are very beautiful, what a wonderful lady, and so nice to have those treasures from her hands. Love the pictures of her. May her memory sustain you. x

  4. what a great legacy: a naughty laugh! what a blessing to have the admiration of such a large family. sorry for your sadness.

  5. dear diana, I am a real fan of your blog and I really admire the way you put outer and private life together in such a wonderful page. As I saw this post it really gave me the greeps. you can be proud to have known this person!
    my condolences as well, best wishes from germany!

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