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Remembering Christy Woster

Christy Woster

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that longtime supporter of the L.M. Montgomery Institue and Friends of the L.M. Montgomery Institute, Christy Woster, passed away suddenly on April 29, 2016.

Christy's passion for the life and work of Montgomery was so infectious that her two daughters, Emily and Anne, and her mother, Penny--plus her faithful service dog, Rusty--would join her at the conference.

At the 2012 conference, L.M. Montgomery and War, her stories of traveling all over the Island search for treasures, "Road Trip: In Search of L.M. Montgomery in the Early 1970s," was definitely one of the highlights. A version of it can be found in the December 2012 edition of the L.M. Montgomery Literary Society's The Shining Scroll.  

When writing about collecting and returning to the Island after 25 years, Christy wrote:

"I continued to slowly build my collection. There was no internet when I began collection; you had to travel to bookstores or write a letter to buy a book unseen. I decided that I wanted to have a nice set of Montgomery's books for each of my daughters, so I continued to search and upgrade my collection. But I didn't return to Prince Edward Island until 1997, 25 years after my first trip. On my return trip, it was with my Mom and my two daughters, Emily and Anne. The Island had changed in many ways; and I found that Montgomery's books were everywhere" (Woster, 2012). 

Christy with her daughter, Emily, Loretta Craig Taylor and Rusty. (image credit: UPEI Photography)
From the 2006 Conference. Here is Christy with Paul Tiessen and Hildi Froese Thiessen, at the signing for their AFTER GREEN GABLES book launch.
(image credit: UPEI Photography)

We shall miss her stories, sense of humour and friendship and we will be honouring Christy at this year's conference. Details to follow.

From Left to Right: Mary Beth Cavert, Carolyn Collins, Christy Woster, Alison Klawiter, Emily Woster, Ann Johnson, Dana Gerberi, and Penny Schreck.*

You can read Christy's full obituary here:

The family is holding a memorial open house on Friday, May 6 from 3-6pm at the Isanti County Historical Society (at the Heritage Center on the Isanti County Fairgrounds). If you'd like to send something, please mail to:

Emily Woster or Anne Woster or Penny Schreck 
2218 Bridgewater Blvd. South
Cambridge, MN 55008

" future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination if its own, that ben, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes--what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows--what new landscapes--what --what new beauties--what curves and hills and valleys further on." L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

*Photo used with permission by the L.M. Montgomery Literary Society