Hetty2To many viewers now, the TV show “Road to Avonlea” is remembered as starring the young Sarah Polley.  But I confess my favourite parts of the show involved interactions between the kind but strait-laced Hetty King and the younger people she just can’t understand.  Her niece Sara Stanley.  Her younger sister Olivia King Dale.  I liked Hetty King, as portrayed by Jackie Burroughs, for her upper-crust vowels, her eccentricity and frankness, her staunchness and vulnerability, and most of all for her kindness.

Sadly, I saw today that Jackie Burroughs has passed away from stomach cancer.  Thank you, Ms. Burroughs, for the memories.

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.