Letter to Margie RIP

Dear Margie

I’m not sure how you did it, but I sensed a great peacefulness the times we had coffee together recently. Not that we’d ever known turmoil before making sure we connected before you had to go.

I’d hoped initially it might have been indicative that you were winning your 2nd fight to beat disease, but after I’d got home the thought struck me that you were more likely preparing to leave us with inspiration, and an on-going sense of that peace. My take is you succeeded!

So as you know I fronted up to your farewell at Hawea Flat Hall two Saturday’s ago…
Margie a

Your brother Andrew filled in many gaps eh, as he told the big crowd many stories! I liked the emphasis on the Matukituki Valley, and how much it and Mt Aspiring means you…
Margie b

Those stories sure went back aways and covered some awesome adventures you two had.

And up to the present too, inc. your bucket list, which I became aware of last summer via these FaceBook photos on End Peak overlooking Lake Hawea…
Margie c

Margie d

I was aware of the big transalpine trip that you and Andrew had over Arawhata Saddle to those far away mountains some years back, but the 13 day one following your uncle’s exploring footsteps and 1st ascents from Makarora to Aspiring was news to me!

So I dug out a few photos of my ramblings on this country – maybe I covered the same footsteps in places, or my friend and I were parallel at times, but it too was a tough trip…
Margie e

Margie f

Margie g

And like you we made it, but only to the East Matuki. You went on around to the right of Aspiring onto the Volta and Therma etc…
Margie h

Yes, you loved Aspiring from every approach and angle…
Margie 12

And that was what I thought was so special about your bucket list – Aspiring was on it! It was a thrill to see these photos too on FaceBook…
Margie 3

Pretty special people made up the party eh…
Margie 1

Margie 4

My sympathies go out to your mum and dad and Andrew, Scott too holding your little Nova to his chest as he said his fine words of farewell.

Margie 15

I don’t think I’m the only one who had some sort of special connection with you – one that’ll be with me all the way to my own send-off, and then some!

Your final words relayed to us will always inspire me – just like your way of living has [I figured you’d have been about 14 yrs when I first met you and yours]. I can’t quote them with accuracy here – it’s hard to do justice to their clarity – the vision you had to be with The Lord, and to let us know it so succinctly.



Margie Gillam [Wells] 1971 – 2012

PS love the photo shoot on the lower half of this page >>

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  4 comments for “Letter to Margie RIP

  1. February 19, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Kia ora Donald,
    Ataahua. A wonderful tribute to a woman who was obviously an amazing person, I am sure still is an amazing spirit. My condolences e hoa – here’s hope to a few extra swirls about Aspiring this evening. Kia kaha.

    • Donald Lousley
      February 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Dear Robb

      Nice words thanks. It’s quite a leveling thing to write from our hearts.

      Yes, the winds will swirl I’m sure.



  2. Diane Gilliam-Weeks
    February 25, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Hey this is really wonderful.

    • Donald Lousley
      February 25, 2012 at 2:49 am

      Hi Diane


      She was pretty wonderful ‘tho, and rather amazing!



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