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Mrs. Carmeline O. Pellerin

Chapeau designs flow freely within my mind and each one I design is given the name of a Lady. Rarely is there an occasion when a name of someone special I have known personally doesn't come to mind. When the name does it always seems to be the perfect personality for the design. 
On one occasion one design simply did not have a name come to mind. It just needed that perfect name and it wasn't coming to me.
On my recent trip to Maine I attended a funeral for a friends mother. I never had the privilege of meeting this lady. When I attended a viewing at the funeral home and saw this incredibly elegant woman I gasped. I knew I had found the lady who would have worn this design with crowning glory.
This design has always brought to mind two visions. The first of an angel and the second of a nun.
After learning more about the lady named Carmeline I knew my design had found a fitting name.
Carmeline O. Pellerin was not only elegant and gracious but had the voice of an angel.
She spent her life dedicated to her church, sang Latin masses, was a choir director and composer. She did all this on top of developing music workshops and raising a family.
The funeral service ended with a previously recorded rendition of Rogers & Hammerstein
"Climb Every Mountain" sung by Carmeline in her stage days.
She stared as Mother Abbess in the stage play of the Sound of Music.
As her voice filled the church the emotions flowed just from the sheer beauty of her voice.
The voice of an angel.
When we exited the pew as I turned to leave I saw the nuns in attendance. Carmeline was a life long friend to the nuns.
I am proud to dedicate this chapeau to a lady I never knew but within a few hours had captured my heart.
I would not release this chapeau until it had the proper name.
This design will now go into a private collection for a chapeau collector. 
Thank you Carmeline for giving life to this chapeau design.

4 Comments to Mrs. Carmeline O. Pellerin:

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Jeanne Pellerin Shinay on Thursday, August 18, 2011 10:47 AM
My mother,Carmeline would not only be honored to have such a beautiful hat named after her, but would have loved to wear it. She absolutely loved hats and as a rule chose the hat first and then the dress. Thank you for the lovely tribute on your blog as well. Jeanne Shinay
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Natalie Pellerin on Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:05 AM
Dear Louisa, The "Carmeline" hat is "simply elegant"! My mother-in-law was a lovely lady who would have worn this hat in her grandest style. It is a special honor you have given to Carmeline's memory by naming the hat for her. Thank you very much, Natalie Pellerin
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Celeste Pellerin Shinay on Thursday, August 18, 2011 5:39 PM
Louisa, I echo the comments made by my sisters. Some years ago, Mom began cleaning out an area of the attic in our family home of 50+ years. Tucked in an area were her hats and vintage hat boxes. Some hats were dispersed to her children and grandchildren, along with the boxes. Several hats were sold to a local hat shop in Portland, Maine - Queen of Hats. I accompanied my mother to the appointment. The milliners were taken with the materials and construction used by the original creators. Mom was very pleased that they appreciated the workmanship. And so this is so appropriate. Thank you for this lovely tribute. It means so much...
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Mark Pellerin on Friday, August 19, 2011 8:19 AM
Louisa, Thank you so much for this lovely tribute to my mom. It is very touching and so appropriate as she loved wearing hats. When styles changed and hats were no longer in style, it was a sad day for her. I know that she would have loved to wear this beautiful chapeau. Thank you for the tribute and for your friendship! Mark
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