Fam­ily fin­ishes story

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

THE fam­ily of a young pas­tor whose death left a Hills com­mu­nity be­reaved has pub­lished a book she wrote about 15 years ago.

Grandmother Nanette Esam’s daugh­ter Re­becca Anderson ( 36) died un­ex­pect­edly in 2013 while on hol­i­day.

She was a chap­lain at Eastern Hills Se­nior High School for more than nine years.

Such was the out­pour­ing of grief over her sud­den death that a memo­rial was built at the school, where she af­fected the lives of sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents.

One stu­dent wrote on the memo­rial: “Her heart was too big for her lit­tle body”.

The late pas­tor’s sis­ter Nicky Ford said ‘ Bec’ loved work­ing with young peo­ple and en­joyed writ­ing.

Her chil­dren’s book Bumpel Swivet is a story about two friends who go on imag­i­nary adventures around the world from their home back­yard.

The ori­gins of the name are a mys­tery.

De­ter­mined to see the story in print, Mrs Esam searched for an il­lus­tra­tor to com­plete the book.

“Then Nicky said to me ‘ Mum, why don’t you do it?’,” she said.

“So I got my­self an art teacher and she helped me work on the il­lus­tra­tions. I based two of the char­ac­ters on my grand­chil­dren Lachlan and Emily.”

Grand­daugh­ter Emily was proud to be in the sto­ry­book.

“Last year when my school had a book fair, I just dressed up as my­self,” she said.

A book launch on Bec’s birth­day was a spe­cial mo­ment for the fam­ily.

Nanette Esam read­ing Bumpel Swivet to grand­chil­dren Emily, Lachlan and baby Ivy Ford, with a photo of daugh­ter Re­becca Anderson in the room.

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