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Surry County woman makes handmade memory bears

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — The fabric of our lives wrapped up in a bear. 

“There was this young couple, his grandfather passed away and she asked if I would be willing to make two bears, one for him and one for his mom,” said Rhonda Norman who is continuing her family legacy as a seamstress all while helping other families find healing. “I learned a lot from mom, she was a seamstress and she was sewing all the time and I just took and hanker to it and I liked it. 

Rhonda started making memory bears for others, most made from the clothes of a loved one who passed away. 

“That’s what we want to do is give peace and joy to other people,” she said. “It’s been a lot of stories come through here, and it touches you and you want to be able to do something to help them.” 

She had to put it all on hold when her husband became ill and later passed away. Her sister Carla Bledsoe and later niece Adriene Ballard didn’t hesitate to come help.

“I didn’t have to ask them, they just showed up and said we are helping you,” said Rhonda. 

“To me, people need color in their life, they need happiness,” said Bledsoe.  Color brings happiness and she needs that color back because she lost it.”

While helping others dealing with life’s tough seasons with bears, Rhonda found healing too. 

“Even through your heart you can stitch up a lot of holes,” she said.

You can learn more about the memory bears by visiting Aunt Nana’s Creations on Facebook.

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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