Beriggewer: Mary-Ann van Schalkwyk
Datum: 25 Februarie 2021
HULDEBLYK: ERELID ESTHER SMUTS
VLV-ikoon, Esther Smuts, is op 22 Februarie 2021 oorlede op 96 jaar en 6 maande.
Sy was ‘n fenominale dame en was 71 jaar lid van die VLV Porterville en het haar
70-jaar-kenteken in 2019 ontvang.
Ook Sirkel Weskus het haar lojaliteit teenoor VLV ervaar toe hulle destyds ‘n krisis
ervaar het om die Sirkelvaandel betyds te voltooi vir konferensie, omdat die dame
siek geraak het. Onder Esther se bekwame leiding het sy en ‘n paar lede van VLV
Porterville dit betyds by konferensie besorg vir die oorhandiging.
You always told me not to call you “Tannie”, which until today I find hard to do as I
have so much respect for you and will always do so. I’m writing in English as you
always spoke English to me.
There is so much to say about you but as I only had the pleasure and privilege to
know you for 7 years, thought I’d use your beautiful name to express my impression
of you both personally and in a “VLV” context:
E : EXAMPLE – Of how a lady and “VLV” member should act at all times.
S : SOPHISTICATED – Always, where ever you went, whatever time of the day,
you always looked stunning…. would have loved to have seen you in the days of
hats and gloves.
T : TALENTED – You used your God given talents and taught so many people how
to use theirs.
H : HONEST & HARDWORKING – Shared your opinion and never ever said you
could not help because you were too old or too busy.
E : ENERGETIC – Climbing and crawling through the “fynbos” for that perfect flower
for your magnificent floral displays. Porterville Show has never been the same since
you left. The Ester Smuts Hall stands as a monument to you for your creativeness
and love for flowers which you shared with all the visitors every year.
R : RELIABLE – One could always call on you for help and advice and you
attended almost every “VLV” meeting no matter what.
I regret that I didn’t know you sooner, not only for your friendship but especially for
your mentorship. Thank you for all the time and effort you gave to Porterville “VLV”
as Chairperson. Committee member, delegate at conferences etc. and the
“Wiegielied” is one of the many remembrances of which we are very proud.
You made an everlasting impression on me.
Rest in peace dearest Esther. We salute you and cherish the many memories.