Friday, September 16, 2016


I probably won't have a chance to post again until after the Show and Sale on Sunday so I want to take some time to acknowledge two very important people whom we have lost in the last year who have enriched our lives as miniaturists. We will have displays of their work at the Show and Sale.

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 Bedu

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,


  1. It is very difficult to lose someone you have come to love and respect and whose talents have enriched the lives of those they've been associated with for so many years.
    I commend you Maureen for taking the time to commemorate these 2 ladies, Lorry and Sherrill. I am sure that they leave behind many who will continue to miss them.


  2. I'm so sorry to read about this. I'm sure their friendship will be miss. Just knowing they have enriched and encourage other people to create is a beautiful legacy.

  3. Thanks so much, Elisabeth and Brini. These women were so important in our lives as friends and mentors, We truly miss them but are forever thankful that they were in our lives.