In loving memory of my mother Mildred Brocklehurst Woods (1928 – 2011)

With Luck in the late seventies
With Lucy the
With Lucy in the late seventies
Keeshond in the late ’70s

It is with the utmost sadness and regret that I inform you that my mother — the mother of all mothers — died last week after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March. It has been an extremely difficult past few months for the family. In my case, the Scottish Terrier News helped by serving as a welcome distraction.

I would often show my mother the site while she was bed ridden and she especially got a kick out of the the arrest of the Scottish Terrier-owning paedophile, the photo of Jinnah with his Westie, which I pointed out to her after Osama Bin Laden was assassinated, and Hitler petting Eva Braun’s Scotties. Now, that may all seem a bit macabre to you, but my mother was a huge fan of crime novels and TV shows and seeing bad people get theirs, so please don’t take it the wrong way.

My mother was also a lover of dogs and took great pleasure in seeing Bridget during her final weeks. As I was sorting through her stuff, I found that one of the things she had kept — and not being a particularly sentimental type, she didn’t keep all that much — was the collar of our old dog, Lucy, who died some 25 years ago. Mom and my stepfather Peter, who died on June 26, 2011, had, at one time, planned on getting a guide dog who hadn’t made the final cut, but they eventually changed their plans for health reasons.

Lucy's collar
Lucy’s collar

Over the years, my mother donated to a variety of animal charities, some of which have, unfortunately, ended up in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. For that reason, I am asking anyone who would like to make a tribute donation in her memory to please head over to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, a registered charity with an unsullied reputation. The address for cards is 35 Confederation Drive, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Canada L0S 1J0.

You can also read more about my mother at the special site I’ve created to plan for her memorial.

RIP, Mildred and Peter Woods. You are very sorely missed.

25 thoughts on “In loving memory of my mother Mildred Brocklehurst Woods (1928 – 2011)

  1. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know it is a big one in your life. I enjoyed hearing about your mother. Thank you for sharing her with us. You are in my thoughts as prayers.

  2. We are so sorry to hear the news about your mum. What a lovely tribute you have done today with your post.
    Send you our prayers from your friends in Mexico City. Aibo and Lulu send many kisses to you.

    Aibo (the westie from hell), Lulu (the scottie bitchy) and Dolores

  3. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope your wonderful memories will get you through this sad time. I am sure Bridget senses your pain and is giving you lots of love.

  4. I recently lost my dad in June 2011 and understand some of how you feel. I still live at home and Kirk is as much thier dog as mine. It took her 3 weeks to stop waiting for dad and looking for him at the dinner table. It has been difficult for us all especially mum … it still is … and I don’t know if I can promise you it will get better yet?

    But do reach out to the rest of the family and accept the kindness of friends, listen to their stories, tell some stories/memories yourself and cry a lot.

    Without sounding like a Trekky, but being literal, I can honestly say; ‘I grieve with you’

    Sheena (Tegan Liverpool)

  5. Your mother sounds like a terrific person and it sounds like you had some wonderful times together. It wasn’t so long ago that I lost my mother after a long sickness, it is one of the hardest things a person can go through. I’m sorry for you loss. Be sure to give yourself time to heal.

  6. I too lost my mother to cancer and I feel your grief. I’m so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers. Take care of yourself.


  7. May you find peace as you surely had a marvelous Mom. I will be thinking of you through this difficult time.

  8. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Your love of dogs certainly seems to have come from your mother, and that is a legacy to treasure.

  9. Ann, please know that those of us who follow your blog have been saddened by this news of your mom’s passing. Although you are going through a difficult time right now, by letting us have glimpse into her life, you’ve shared a little of her with each of us and I thank you for that.

  10. My deepest sympathy to you, Ann, on the passing of your wonderful mom. I, too, lost my mom this past November and then my dad this past February. It is the most difficult thing to accept but I am doing my best. Your blog is sometimes the only highlight of my day.

  11. Ann, so sorry to hear of your losses this year, it makes for a very difficult and emotional time. My husband and I went through that last year with my father and his mother passing.
    It is always nice to share memories. I love crime and mysteries myself so I don’t find it a bit strange.
    Thoughts and prayers and with and your family at this very sad time in your life.

  12. Ann, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Losing your mother is a horrible thing. I recently lost mine and it doesn’t matter how old you are it’s still very very very difficult. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person – just ike her daughter.

  13. We only learned of this sad news today. We’re sending you Scottie love. And you know how wonderful that is!

    Thinking of you, your wonderful Mother and your Stepfather, with warm Arooos, Stuart

  14. Just learned of the loss of your Mother.

    My heart goes out to you & your family. What wonderful photographs of your Mom & her Dog. How very special that you have them to remember her by. Cherish all of the memories…

    Our prayers are with you, your daughter & your family,

    Cynthia & Taffy

  15. Harry and Lola lost both their human mommy and daddy in less than a year, which is why they ended up with Aberdeen Scottich Terrier Rescue. As a result of this loss (I assume) they are amazingly sensitive to people who are ill. My husband was very sick and the Scots stayed on the bed with him until he felt good enough to get up and walk around. Now they spend much more time on his lap. They show me how loss can help us value what we have. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. I haven’t checked in for awhile but I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope in time you find comfort in your memories of her and all our condolences to you & yours.
    (formerly TCMum)

  17. Ann, You can’t imagine my sorrow at the news of your Mom, Mildred’s, death. I had lost contact with her after her eightieth birthday surprise in NOL. I have great memories of you, your Mom, Lucie, Fred et al. My Mom died this past Dec. 20, 2015 at 94. It’s a good thing we have our memories. God Bless you Ann

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