Saturday, September 24, 2011

Zoe Peterssen

Over the recent weeks I have noticed that I have been getting a lot hits on Oxford Daily Photo for the search "Zoe Peterssen" as a result of a photo I took and posted of her in October last year. The photo was of Zoe sitting in one of her usual spots in Christ Church Meadows with all of her paper and pencils, sketching same of the large trees.
Thanks to a post by Howie, on that page we now know that Zoe passed away in the last days of August, and she will no longer be that familiar sight to those visiting any of Oxford's parks where she was often seen.
I have reposted Howie's comment on this entry, as he has set up a special email address asking for stories or memories of anyone who had contact with Zoe during there visit to Oxford.

I am writing with sad news of Zoe Peterssen. On the evening of Monday 29th August Zoe passed away peacefully.

On 15th August, low on energy, she fell over in the street and spent a week in bed at home, after which she spent a week in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she was diagnosed with advanced cancer. It was a swift and decisive illness which she endured with great dignity. She received last rites from her priest friends from Pusey House, where she had been Artist in Residence in recent years.

I am sorry to write to you with this news. I feel greatly blessed to have known Zoe for the past ten years, and to have witnessed her special work. Personally, I count myself as merely one of Zoe’s many friends – it was by chance that I had an appointment with Zoe on the day when she took ill, and consequently I saw her often in the last fortnight of her life.

Zoe had very many good friends both near and far – there must be very many more who we have not been able to contact, so please pass on the news. Also, we do not yet have contact details for Zoe’s relatives and any information you might be able to share about this would be most helpful in sorting out her affairs.

We have set up a special email address for correspondence about Zoe:

The funeral is to be organised by her friends at Pusey House and is planned for Friday 30th September at 12 noon. Further details of the funeral will be sent out automatically in reply to emails, and will be posted on the Pusey House website:

Zoe was such a wonderful individual and I am hoping that the funeral will reflect the wide affection in which she was held. I recognise that many friends will be unable to attend, but I would like to invite you to contribute any stories or pictures (via email) which we could perhaps put together in memory of Zoe.

1 comment:

Pmatwiy said...

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Your postings have given her a slice of Internet immortality, which I am sure she would appreciate.