Cindy Adair Posted May 14, 2018 Report Share Posted May 14, 2018 I am sorry to tell everyone that Lucinda McCartney, mother of IPS Director Robert Blenker, passed away recently, unexpectedly, following surgery. She was an amazing person and many of you have met her in Florida or at the many IPS Biennials she attended. Besides her keen interest in palms, she recently started bee keeping, was a journalist, pilot and realtor who loved to fish. I can also attest to her cooking skills and overall excellent hospitality as I enjoyed my several visits to her lovely guest suite. I will never forget the first Florida trip we took in 2014, beginning near Sarasota and visiting many private and public gardens. Here are just a few examples. First, in the Mike Harris Garden, and then the Dale Holton Garden, and even showing up at a Palm Beach Palm Society meeting attended by several fellow travelers to Cuba. Lucinda always insisted on driving her white Cadillac convertible, often pulling a trailer to hold a palms. Later she bought a great big truck so she could easily transport palms without a trailer. I counted seven countries we visited since 2012, when we were randomly assigned as roommates in Thailand. In fact she was to be my roommate again in Colombia. In her honor, I have nearly completed a garden with one palm native to each of the countries we visited in the order we saw them: Thailand, Cuba, USA (FL), Madagascar, Borneo, Singapore, and Australia. Come and see it if you get to Puerto Rico. I just returned from a wonderful Celebration of Life in Florida with a huge crowd under a big tent, appropriately at the Blenker Marina, nearly surrounded by water. I must admit that I had to grab my ready Kleenex immediately upon arrival, seeing an enlarged version of a photo made into a portrait. Here is the original I took in Cuba. IPS President Ray Hernandez and Director Susan Hubbell joined so many of us as we learned even more about her incredible life. There was grief of course, but also laughter at the many anecdotes, beginning with a touchingly beautifully eulogy written by her oldest son, Robert. I will miss her forever, but can only hope for even half the energy and adventures she enjoyed (even into her mid eighties). She was an inspiration to us all. 7 Cindy Adair Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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