Wednesday, July 23, 2008
A Moving Farewell
On July 9, 2008 a dear friend and colleague, Willo May Beresford, passed away at the age of 91 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor 27 days earlier. Her obituary from the San Diego Union Tribune is here. This past Saturday a memorial service in the Crill Performance Hall of the Cooper Music Center afforded a joyous opportunity to celebrate her rich life that was marked by dedication to her faith, her family and her many musical involvements. Pictured here is a quartet performing Victor Labenske's arrangement of her favorite hymn, "O Thou in Whose Presence," on four nine-foot concert grand pianos. I am privileged to have Victor as a piano faculty colleague at Point Loma Nazarene University and he is numbered among the many who studied both piano and music theory with Mrs. "B" as an undergraduate student.