East Texas woman honors memory of friend, transforms childhood T-shirt into quilt

East Texas woman honors memory of friend, transforms childhood T-shirt into quilt
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

CENTRAL HEIGHTS, TX (KTRE) - It's the gift that keeps on giving for a man in Nacogdoches County.

"Most mothers love their children, but Pam enjoyed her children," said Donna Russell, a Wood family friend.

If you couldn't sense the love Pam Woods had for her family through her actions, then you certainly would through her crafts.

"Always making different crafts, she made a lot of stuff on her own that a lot of other people would buy like drapes or quilts or bed covers," said John C. Wood, son of Pam Wood.

And in 1991, came quite possibly her most treasured creation yet.

"She made these shirts for a few different people at school, made one for myself and for a few friends," Wood said.

One of those friends, Luke Russell. The two were nearly inseparable at Central Heights Elementary but as for how they felt about those homemade shirts...

"An 11 or 12 year old with a shirt your mom made you wasn't necessarily the coolest thing to have in school," Wood said.

In 2008, Pam passed away after a tough battle with breast cancer. Little did John know, she left more than good memories behind.

"I drive up to the door one day and this package is waiting for me and it had this quilt in it," Wood said.

A quilt featuring the shirt from 25 years prior, a shirt John hadn't even remembered until now.

"I was just blown away. I was really shocked at the gift itself, I wasn't so much shocked at who it came from," Wood said.

That would be Luke's mom, Donna. The perfect gift, she thought, for John and wife Kristi's 3 weeks old newborn John Grey.

"I thought, 'Oh, I'm going to make him a quilt, I'm going to use that shirt that Pam made!' I'm going to use that and have some part of her and make the quilt," Russell said.

Quite possibly the exact definition of a mother's love that will now live on for years to come.

"To have the shirt my mom painted 25 years ago made into a quilt for her grandson, it was just really cool," Wood said.

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