Thursday, September 18, 2008

Coleen Sally - A National Treasure

This week, we mourn the loss of Ms. Coleen Sally. On Monday, we received an update of her condition from a fellow colleague.

After her recent diagnosis of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a terminal illness, her son David shared his thoughts with thousands of his mother's fans:

To say Mom has had a full life would be a monumental understatement. She has made more friends than most people can ever imagine, and touched and inspired thousands more.

Obviously Mom did not deserve this fate (no one does) and it is sad that it has happened to her. It is a little ironic that a disease that literally strikes only one in 1,000,000 struck someone who is one in 1,000,000, actually 10,000,000. I am sorry that I have to bring everyone this news.

However, I know each and every one of you have fond and fun filled memories of your times with Mom and I know you will recall those as you think of her at this time.

Hail to the Queen!!!
Update: If you've posted on the late Coleen Sally, please include the URL to the blog post in a comment below. I've already started by including the few I know of already.


Anonymous said...

Queen Coleen, the happiest and most wonderful person I know will be sadly, sadly missed. New Orleans will not be the same without her.

All Hail the Queen...Queen Coleen!

Sondra Santos LaBrie said...

There are several lovely articles and blog posts about Coleen Sally that were posted this week:

from Educating Alice

from Read Roger

from A Fuse #8 Production

from Children's Bookshelf

from School Library Journal

Sondra Santos LaBrie said...

Another mention:

from A Chair, A Fireplace & a Tea Cozy

Robin said...

I was a student of Collen Sally 25 years ago. What she taught me about children's literature has influenced me greatly in my adult life. During my recent visit to New Oleans, I noticed a book in the window with he name on it. I remembered her immediatly and soooo sad to hear she passed. I was hoping to call her and tell her THANKS! Super teacher!