I met Nina MacKay many years ago at a running clinic I was teaching. She told me she was an avid walker and wanted to get into running. I told her she was in the right place and we soon became friends. Nina had the brightest eyes, and the most genuine smile.
Nina died late Friday afternoon when a tree fell on her as she walked her two dogs on a city trail near Mitchell Lake.
Preliminary observations indicated that the fallen basswood tree — which went down as winds gusted at nearly 25 mph — appeared to be healthy, with no obvious signs of disease.
However, on Tuesday, the city said the tree, which was about 90 years old and had a 30-inch diameter at the trunk, had suffered interior decay that left it compromised.
Her daughter Lindsay asked me if I would make something in her memory. At first I thought she meant a painting. As I was talking about doing a painting of her favorite part of the park, Lindsay stopped me and said, “no, I want you to make a pendant with a tree on it.” So I did and she got the first one.
In memory of Nina I made this basswood tree pendant. All proceeds will go to the family.
As with all my art beads they start with a sketch.
Lindsay told me she will never take the necklace off.
“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.”