ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir mourns with our director, Christina Lynn-Craig, at the loss of her husband, Alex Craig, who died suddenly on the evening of April 18th. Alex was not only an ardent supporter of ASTER, but he was ASTER’s first accompanist and wrote many musical pieces for the choir. His musicality and love for Tina are our greatest loss, and he will be deeply missed by the entire ASTER family. Our thoughts and prayers go to Tina and Alex’s family at this time.
On Dec. 23, 2003, ASTER lost one of its much loved members, Ione Caley. She contributed so much to the organization and the group loved her dearly. We will miss her greatly.
Tributes from Ione’s friends and fellow “ASTERoids”
When my father died in March (2003), we decided to put off his memorial service until his birthday in May. I called Ione one evening to see if she had any music that might be appropriate to sing at his memorial. She said she’d look through what she had and get back to me. She called me the next morning and sang through each piece she had found (and there were many!) and then faxed them to me. What a treat it was to have Ione sing to me at 9 AM!
I had the pleasure of knowing Ione for only a year. During that time, I would not have known from her own behavior that she was ill. She was an example of the patient endurance that this “Motto of Teresa of Avila” expresses:
Let nothing disturb you,
Nothing affright you;
All things are passing;
God never changes;
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesses
In nothing is wanting;
God alone suffices.