In Memoriam

HOLBERG, Ruth Allen Holberg was born October 27, 1929 in Crosbyton, Texas. A descendent of a pioneer west Texas family, Ruth spent her childhood throughout the state, and received her education in El Paso, Texas. Ruth grew up loving horses and the rodeo, and regularly competed in barrel racing competitions. In June 1951, Ruth married Mike H. Holberg and moved to Dallas, which she called home for the rest of her life. In Dallas, Ruth worked as an executive secretary for Stanley Marcus for two years before the birth of her daughter, Kristine, at which point she dedicated her time to being a loving mother. Ruth, Mike, and Kris spent their time off vacationing in Vail, Colorado where lifelong friends were made while skiing and playing tennis. Ruth loved to cook and entertain her and her daughter's friends, who knew her as the youthful, fun mom. After her daughter graduated from high school, Ruth began selling real estate before ending her working career at age 84 as a showroom manager for Old World Christmas at the World Trade Center. Ruth was an active member of her Delta Delta Delta alumni group, as well as Church of the Incarnation. If you were ever driving around town and saw someone with a license plate that read "GOOFUS" that was Ruth. Known by her grandchildren as "Ganny," Ruth lived her life the way she wanted to, with a classy demeanor, a great sense of humor, exquisite taste in fashion, and immense love for her family. Ruth passed away on January 31, 2021 after a brief illness. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Kris Graves, her grandchildren and their families, George Graves (Courtney) and Gretchen Manning (William), and her great-granddaughters, Olivia and Mills Manning and Sawyer Graves. A memorial service will be held in Ruth's honor on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3 PM, at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204. In lieu of flowers, Ruth requested that donations be made to Church of the Incarnation at incarnation.org.

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Nancy C. Muller

West Bloomfield - Nancy C. Muller (nee Sessel) passed away peacefully on November 8, 2020 at the age of 87. She is survived by her children, Micahel, Gregory (Jackie), Martha (Craig Ricklin), Timothy, Mary, John (Joan), Christopher, and Joseph; grandchildren, Max Vernon, Kathryn, Kristine, Hannah, and Henry; and brother, Marcus Sessel (Joan). She was preceded in death by her former husband, John and daughter, Catherine. Due to COVID-19 precautions, private services were held at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms with interment at Guardian Angel Cemetery in Rochester. In lieu of flowers, memorail contributions may be made to: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Arrangements entrusted to Chas. Verheyden, Inc. www.verheyden.org     

We are sad to announce that Millicent Mali, died unexpectedly on September 16, 2020, after a short illness. She was surrounded by her children David and Laura and her husband Pierre.

Millie was fond of Quimper and the many friends who shared her passion. A collector of French Faience for over forty-five years and an avid researcher, Millicent authored three books, Quimper Faïence (1979), French Faïence, Fantasie et Populaire of the 19th and 20th Centuries (1986) and CA: A French Faïence breakthrough (2000). She also wrote and produced the Old
Quimper Review (1990 - 2004). Many of her articles and essays were reproduced in the Quimper Club International Journal. Millie was a charter member of and served as Vice President on the original Board of Directors of Quimper Club International. Her advice, mentorship, and friendship were invaluable to the organization through-out the decades. 

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Photo: L-R. Patricia Hull, Millicent Mali, Sandra Bondhus

On October 15, 2017, members met at the home of Sandra Bondhus to honor Millicent Mali as a QCI “Legend of Faience”.

Patricia Hull
President, Quimper Club International

A Tribute to Jean-Claude Euzet (en Francais and English)
1943-2019
GRECB has decided to republish his article
"CERAMICS AT THE 1885 EXHIBITION"
which appears in no 8 (year 1986) of the GRECB1 bulletin. This relevant work continues to retain its importance today, capturing and supporting the spirit of the 2019 annual exhibition.
Being a tireless explorer of archives, Jean-Claude had examined, among other things, the regional newspapers in search of the daily life before 1914 in Beauvais and its region. This was the source of many especially important publications for both GRECB, GEMOB2 and other publications including the "Chronicles of Beauvaisian Life" in the Couleurs-Mag magazine (2013-2014).

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Desvres faïence specialist François Piton has notified the QCI that sadly, M. Claude Fourmaintraux, former manager of the famous La Poterie faïence factory in Desvres, died this August at age 98. Claude descended from a rich tradition of ceramists originally from Lille, including Antoine-Joseph Fourmaintraux (1728-1792), his son FrançoisJoseph Fourmaintraux (1764-1841) who moved to Desvres and established the family there, Louis-François Fourmaintraux (1802-1885), Emile Fourmaintraux (1857-1929) who founded the La Poterie factory, and Gabriel Fourmaintraux (1886-1984), Claude’s father. Claude studied as a young man in Desvres, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Malicorne, and in 1941 after WWII, he joined his father to help resurrect a factory that had been badly damaged during the German occupation. In 1946 Claude became the Technical Director under his father Gabriel and along with his brother-in-law Daniel Dutertre, the factory gained prosperity and acclaim. Claude’s brilliant father Gabriel was well known for his porcelain creations, especially miniatures, as well as crackleware. 
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Longtime QCI member Diane Dannelly Robinson passed away in Plano, Texas, on May 26, 2020. 

Born and raised in Dallas, Diane graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, playing golf and was devoted to her family.

Meeting the love of her life on a New Year’s Eve blind date, Diane married William “Jack” Robinson in May 1964. Diane and Jack moved to Oklahoma City for a time, but eventually returned to the Dallas area.

Diane was active in her church, serving on committees and teaching Sunday School classes. While Diane enjoyed knitting, she was also an avid and accomplished needle-pointer.  Working with her sister, they founded “et cetera”, a needlepoint design business, creating and painting original needlepoint canvases and selling to retail shops around the U.S.  She enjoyed traveling with Jack across the U.S., Canada and England, but she especially enjoyed many trips to France.  Diane was instrumental in helping Lucy Williams and Katie Wiggins Sledge, founders of The Quimper Club International, by serving on the bylaws committee and serving for many years as the treasurer and secretary of the organization. During many trips to France with Jack, her sister or friends, she accumulated a large collection of French faience and antiques through which, she met and enjoyed many new friends throughout North America, the U.K., and Europe.  A friend to all, always eager to help a friend with her steady hand, patience, wisdom and a smile on her face, Diane will be missed.

Diane was predeceased by “Jack” Robinson her husband of 55 years and is survived by sons Stuart and Mark Robinson, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren and sister, Susan Cox, also a member of QCI. 

A memorial service will be held at Third Church of Christ, Scientist in Dallas on a future date when churches are once again open for services. Diane will be laid to rest with her husband Jack, on Tuesday, June 2, at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

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Long-time QCI member Ginny To passed away peacefully at home in Fremont, California on August 3, 2018 after an illness of several years. Ginny joined the Quimper Club in 2001 and was an ardent collector of Quimper and Desvres faïences. 

In addition to collecting faïence, she loved to garden, care for her Chihuahuas, swim, and sing karaoke. She spoke French and traveled to France frequently for QCI meetings, to visit family and to purchase faïence. For those fortunate to know her, she was a lovely and generous person. Family and friends will miss her dearly. May the shelves and walls of heaven be lined with French faïence for Ginny!

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Qclub member Maggie Calkins has sent the sad news that her mother and fellow Quimper collector, Ann Calkins passed away on Sept 12th. She will be missed by family and friends alike.

You can read the entire obituary on this link: https://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=ann-calkins&pid=193945300

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