A Sad Day
Joan Skalbeck of Primrose Gradations, and Primrose on Superior passed away just after 2am Tuesday morning.
Joan loved color, and I often saw her in chartreuse. She also dyed the most gorgeous fabrics I've seen!
Joan is also the reason why I have my studio, why Fiber Arts Studio exists today. Joan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 5th, 2008. Within a month of learning of her diagnosis, it really had me thinking, and I began looking for a studio and signed the lease.
When I learned she was ill, I started to look at all she was doing and all she was accomplishing. She was sucessfully and consistently dyeing and getting her fabrics out there. And she has this GORGEOUS retreat center on Lake Superior, Primrose Gradations. She was also vibrant, funny, and kind.
Her husband, Charly, was kind enough to post update on a Caring Bridge journal to keep us all up to date. He even posted yesterday, to say it was coming near the end of her battle (and she did fight it, as hard as she could), and then again this morning, letting us all know she had passed away. He is a very good man, and I could tell from his writings, that he and Joan were/are soul mates. Thank you, Charly.
I, like many other people, will miss Joan very much. The world will have less color without her in it.