Poems by Heart | April 2014 Newsletter

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

In this liveliest of seasons, we invite you to spend a moment with us in quiet, joyful reflection on the well-lived life of a dearly beloved friend.

Judith Pickard Yeakel—In Loving Memory; Sunrise, Mar. 14, 1929—Sunset, Jan. 28, 2014

Her impact on Whidbey Island was profound. Her presence in all discussions was appreciated. Her ability to listen to those around her was unique. Her care for so many is her legacy.

There are many organizations that have felt Judith Yeakel’s impact. Stories of her care and support go far beyond Whidbey Island. For the Whidbey Institute, the story is very clear, and Judy’s legacy will long be felt. The Sanctuary at Chinook is one of the most cherished and unique structures in this bioregion. Judy just wanted to be sure that there was a chapel-type structure on the land: a place for quiet, for contemplation and for prayer. The Sanctuary was a gift to the Institute which Judy envisioned as necessary to provide balance to the other structures (Farmhouse and Thomas Berry Hall) that had their own place  on the Chinook land.

Today, the beauty of her thoughtful insight—her vision of need, structure and balance—is evident. The Sanctuary holds space for deep contemplation, for reflection, and for small gatherings that invite connection between people. As important is the seamless and visible connection with natural world, the spirit within, and the people who grace the building. It is her permanent way of sharing with all of us. The structure is indeed a metaphor for Judy’s life and a permanent gift, a legacy, for all who enter.

To Judy’s wonderful family we send our love and appreciation for her life well-lived. To Judy Yaekel, we cherish her memory and offer our thanks for leading us down the right path.

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April 4, 2014