General News · 1st April 2014
April Fool's Day 2014, one of my dearest and long known friends died today.
Victoria Smith, of Squirrel Cove Cortes let go in the early hours just the way she would have wanted to, with minimum fuss and some loving familiars, and family faces around her.
I met her in early days of Cortes. She was living in the Farmhouse at Linnaea and threw the most brilliant Solstice parties I have ever been too now and from then on. She taught at the Linnaea School; young ones loved her.
Victoria was The Original woman; perhaps even an original 'wild' woman who knew her own mind and stood strong in her wellington boots. She did what she wanted with her personal style. Those marvelous, long, skinny legs and wild hair of every colour made a statement whenever she came out. She loved colour and she loved to dress up. I remember more than a decade ago she invited her friends to come over and walk around her house and to take anything they wanted. I was so delighted by her generosity. She had put out all manner of treasures and I went home with a few.
She had a great mind with numbers and would teach herself complicated spread sheets that worked for a business and mathematical problems to teach to the legion of young people she reinspired to love mathematics.
Her sign over her beloved chicken coop read: "Chicks Rule". She loved her chickens and was a strict vegetarian and never ate her pets. She did like a good piece of salmon though .
She led a full life before Cortes, on Cortes and beyond Cortes. I will miss her being around on the Radio and in the Lip Sync holding forth on the Devas of the Fifties and Sixties.
If you never had a ride in her car, Toad, well don't miss it next time.
May you now rest in peace dear friend, dear Vicky, free of pain and care. Out there relaxed, around a Solstice bonfire with your singing friends.
You have been highly noted and will be missed. Yvonne Kipp