Lorry Saunders: (by Joanne Root)
On March 14, 2016, the Miniature Enthusiasts of Edmonton (M.E.E.) Club lost one of their most-valued members when Lorry Saunders passed away at the age of 79 years after suffering a stroke.
Lorry’s first love was her husband and family but miniatures played a very close second. She planned her travels around her miniature meeting/show schedule and if she wasn’t in her craft room working on minis, she was somewhere where miniatures were bound to be. She took trips to England to the big shows and travelled with her good friend, Sunni Dixon, on many dollhouse miniature bus tours throughout the U.S.
Lorry served on the Executive of M.E.E. for many years as President and Display Co-Ordinator for our annual Show & Sale. She schlepped roomboxes, dolls houses, and vignettes through parking lots and upstairs and down stairs to libraries, hospitals, and schools to display them and to get the word out about her hobby. She was always there with her hand up when volunteers were needed.
She mentored new members and was such a wealth of knowledge. She had an amazing memory for who was who, what their specialty was, and their complete history. She could spot a dolls house a mile away and tell you everything you could possibly want to know about it.
Lorry was a perfectionist and every roombox, vignette, and dolls house that she made (and they number in the MANY ) attests to this. She made the most exquisite 1” scale birdhouses – always 1/12 – and anyone on the receiving end of her gift at our Christmas party would be in ecstasy after having received one of these creations.
We all had such good times with Lorry and are better people for having been her friends. She was one classy, true lady. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly by all of those whose lives she touched.
We have named the M.E.E. Newbie award after Lorry.
Sherrill was an artisan in both 1:12 and 1;48 scale. Her miniature dolls in their beautiful costumes were exquisite! She did not only dolls, miniature scenes, and accessories in fabric but also leather work such as saddles and reins.
After several bouts with cancer, Sherrill finally succumbed shortly after our last show and sale. We will miss her and her partner, Mike,