... She showed them [her grandchildren] how to blow smoke rings.

Karen West

When Karen West thinks about her mother, she remembers the quality of her voice, her gift as a storyteller and her love of life.

My mother had such enthusiasm about life and a huge sense of humor, delight in anything zany and creative especially in the minds of children.

One Christmas Jake and Townsend disappeared at a shopping mall. They went to a place where you could get your picture taken and they posed in this Bonnie and Clyde photo. And the inscription they wrote and gave to Grandma for Christmas said:  “Thanks, Grandma, for breakin’ us outta jail.” Boy she loved that. That went up on her wall in a prominent place.

Who wouldn’t do that for a grandma who showed them – I’m kidding you not – how to blow smoke rings?! She was a cigarette smoker and they were not but she still admired her ability to blow smoke rings. It was quite amazing.

I think the other trait about my mother which is so impressive and which I hope I can emulate is a very strong sense of loyalty to anyone who is a friend of hers and a person that she knows in any sense.

Her best friend was Eloise Harmon was her friend from childhood and they kept in touch. Eloise lived in White Plains and my mother lived in Connecticut. Eloise was an artist and a wonderfully creative person but the sadness in Eloise’s life was that she had a child who died from that crib disease very early in the child’s life. And my mother, Eloise said, is the only person besides Eloise and her husband, who remembered that baby and who remembered the dates involved in that baby’s life and death. My mother spoke occasionally to Eloise, but there was a bond between them because there was this loyalty and sharing.

And of course she was always loyal to my father who died in his late 50’s and she lived to her late 80’s, but his picture was always on her bureau, always.

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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