In Memoriam: Jackie Burroughs

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