Our Mom, Nana, and Aunt Paddy has filled our lives and home with her love, support, adventure, and British sass. She instilled into all of us the joy of travel, and power of family. This spunky lady had her first apartment at the age of 16, working as a bookkeeper for the sole purpose of saving money for the perfect yearly holiday. She married an American GI, and they made their home in the states. She raised a family in a country that was entirely new to her. She was tenacious, hardworking, and family oriented. She was always supportive, even if our ideas weren’t the best.
Nana was a ferocious traveler and a scuba diver into her 70’s. We have all had some grand dive trips, with Nana blowing bubbles at our side. What a blessing and privilege it is to be able to say that.
This “Queen” was also all about the small things. The beauty of an English garden, a fat bumble bee, or just a quiet moment. The most important thing she has taught ALL of us is how to make a proper cup of tea. DO NOT MESS this up.
Nana blessed Gavin with a love of travel, Neil and William with a love of scuba diving, and Eva with the beauty and love for art. Nana is their cheerleader and that is a continuum.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sara and Reginald Cartwright; and a sister, Maureen (Robert) Dean.
Surviving are two daughters, Joanna (Joe) Ritchie, and Sara (Carl) Weber;
four loving grandchildren, Gavin Yociss, Neil Ritchie, Eva Weber, and William Weber IV;
caring friends, Gary and Jan Fitzwater;
and loving nieces and nephews, Sharen Martin, Michael Dean, Robert Dean, and Richard Dean.
We LOVE this sassy, kind Mom, Nana, and friend. I have no doubt that you are enjoying the perfect CUP OF TEA with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Maureen, Uncle Dean, and your best friend, Evelyn. Give them the biggest hug from us all.
Joanna and I are blessed beyond words being at your bedside. You held OUR hands as you took your final breath. That was your gift to us.
Until we meet again, KNOW that you are loved.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Divers Alert Network, https://apps.dan.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Chris Spelbring officiating.
Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.