Block 6230 Made by Rosalie Roberts 9.5″ x 12.5″

Dear Jeanne,

As I watched the World Series this year, I was really enjoying the challenge of the two teams that had not been to the Series for so long and how the teams had struggled and worked so hard against big odds again to get to that stage. As I have loved the World Series since I was young, I watched each game and most of the pre-game broadcasts to learn more bits of info that I would love to have in my not-so-important storage bin in the back of my brain. Sports is a big addiction for me.

One story caught my attention. One thing you might remember: I have sent in a few blocks in memory of my Aunt Ila Rae Yost. She was born with Spina Bifida. She had a growth in the middle of her back about 3 inches across and one inch thick. It was at her waist level. She was able to walk but with a limp and did not progress in school very well. It was at a time when they did not allow “such people” to go to school. So Grandpa hired a school teacher that lived with them. Eventually, when my grandparents got older, she was put in a school in Idaho and then later into a nursing home in Utah.

In this story relating to the Series . . . the second baseman, Javier Baez for the Chicago Cubs’ sister Noely Baez was eleven months younger than he. She was born with Spina Bifida. They were very good friends growing up, and he took good care of her and played with her a lot. In her case, she was paralyzed from there waist down and was in a wheelchair most of her life. A very beautiful young girl. They looked fun together and with their Mom and Dad. Noel was 21 years old when she died in April 2015. I would like to send this block in her memory. This was very touching to me and close to my heart as I grew up with this. My Aunt Ila Rae was 10 years older than I. We were friends and playmates for a long time and then I outgrew her development level but never my love and concern for her.



Thank you for introducing us to Aunt Ila Rae Yost. Sounds like you were lucky to have her in your life, and vice versa.  ~ Jeanne

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