Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Leo Wallace's grandmother made this quilt in 1986. The quilt will be raffled off for Relay for Life. Tickets can be purchased at Rupe's until June 13.
Memories of a wonderful grandmother and too many lives lost to cancer have prompted Blackfoot man Leo Wallace, to donate a handmade quilt made by his grandmother to this year's Relay for Life event.
Wallace, the day manager at Rupe's Burgers, said his grandmother, Goldie McCulloch of Blackfoot was a breast cancer survivor, beating the disease for 29 years and living to the ripe old age of 98.
"She was diagnosed in 1973 and passed away in 2002," he said. "My mother, Afton, also lost her life to breast cancer and I have a sister who is currently an eight- year cancer survivor."
Wallace said the quilt is completely homemade, has never been used and has been carefully stored inside a cedar chest.
"My grandmother made over 100 quilts and over 25 afghans in her lifetime," Wallace said. "She also tatted which nowadays is almost a lost art."
The quilt is currently on display at Rupe's Burgers, 302 NE Main, Blackfoot. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. They were donated by Modern Printing and can be purchased at Rupe's. The drawing will be at noon on June 13 at Rupe's.
Rupe's is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.