PHOTOS: United by Tragedy, Volunteers Prepare Memorial for Margaret Ryan
United by tragedy, 10 or so volunteers pitched in their time and energy Saturday (Nov. 24) to help prepare a site for a memorial for Margaret Ryan, the White Center Blog Writer/Sales Rep who was murdered last week (read more here).
The memorial site is on the corner of 16th and Roxbury, in front of TT’s Soul Kitchen, and plans are for a nice big boulder with a plaque commemorating Margaret, with this quote from her writing:
“Compassion is needed all around.
With compassion comes the ability to love.
Love is the antithesis of narcissism.”
Here’s a mockup of the plaque:
Volunteers (at least that we saw Saturday) included:
- Vera Johnson, of Village Green Perennial Nursery
- Risa Waldoks, from Boston and interning with Vera
- Rowan Curtin, Vera’s son
- Kathi “george” Wheeler of Noise Without Sound
- Lea Engle of Neat Street
- Kate Barlow
- Sibyl Mar, Margaret’s daughter
- Remy Mar, Margaret’s 4-1/2 month old granddaughter
- Scott Mar, Sibyl’s husband
Soil was donated by E-Green, and plants by Village Green Perennial Nursery.
Eduardo Brambila of Mago Signs is donating the plaque.
Aileen Sison helped with organizing.
Plans are to unveil the memorial at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, just before the 5 p.m. Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at Veteran’s Triangle across the street. Word is that Margaret’s son Patrick Lamb, and possibly others, will speak.
If you’d like to donate to the cause, or have any questions about the memorial, please contact Vera at [email protected] or (206) 767-7735.
Scott Schaefer dropped by and took these photos – click images to see larger versions: