In which we celebrate the fox, and the foxy

June 6, 2012


Hello, Becky here again.

If you’d like to honor Turquoise’s memory with a charitable gift, her family has chosen the Nature Conservancy as a cause that befits her well. In addition to the Conservancy’s worldwide efforts at protecting ecologically important lands and waters, they are also involved in saving none other than the Santa Cruz Island Fox, a small mammal (pictured at the top of this post) that lives on Santa Cruz in the Channel Islands — only about 20 miles from Ventura, the city in which Turquoise lived.

At just four pounds and the size of a small house cat, the Santa Cruz Island Fox has historically been the island’s top predator for thousands of years. However, history changed as introduced species and human disturbances took their toll on the island, driving the native fox population to near extinction.

The Nature Conservancy—together with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game—engaged in an intensive, science-based recovery project to save the island fox. In less than a decade, the fox population has made an unprecedented recovery—heralding it as one of the fastest and most successful endangered species recovery programs in U.S. history.

More about the fox and the Conservancy’s efforts >

You can make a Memorial Gift to the Conservancy here, and any amount can be indicated. Her full name was Turquoise Taylor Grant. Under “Person to be notified,” you can provide Turquoise’s brother’s information:

Ethan Upper
596 Poli Street
Ventura CA 93001
Email: eupper@gmail.com

From the Conservancy site, you can even send an e-card to Ethan’s email address, which he will forward to the rest of the family. Of course, paper cards and letters are also appreciated.

The family is still working out the details for the memorial service; I will let you know as soon as the date and venue have been set.

Although I hate having to take over her space here, and for the saddest of reasons, I am finding such joy and comfort reading everyone’s comments, visiting blogs, and getting to know more of her electronically-based (but no less important!) friends. I hope that we all are finding solace in each other.

— Becky



  1. Thank you. I was hoping for something like this and wracking my brain about the best organization to send a donation to in her memory. (which is a tortured sentence, but you get my drift.)

    • This is where Violet would make a little joke about “drift” and the sea and the Channel Islands.. and maybe finish it with [jazz hands!] I hope Turq would like the various aspects to this charity, although nothing could encompass her many faceted interests.

  2. What a perfectly beautiful way to honor Our Beautiful, Foxy Girl… I love it one zillion.

    Word~ :)))))

  3. Great idea!

  4. I love it too. And I’m thankful for the updates, memories, memorials, tributes, and just everything everyone has posted here and on facebook.
    I posted my memorial for Turquoise here: http://mavenhaven.blogspot.com/2012/05/lions-purr.html

  5. I loved seeing a new “In which” post from Still Life with Idiots arrive in my email and WordPress Reader. With it came a fleeting moment of normalcy and much needed relief. I miss her so much. The Nature Conservancy is a wonderful idea. I know she loved foxes. Then, I also believed her when she blogged about her last cat being taxidermied (http://goo.gl/vSaAu). I loved her sense of humor–it prompted a number of texts that began, “Really?” 😉 Thanks, Becky.

    • I forgot about that posting about taxidermy. But then I read the comments below and she said it was a joke and her cat had been buried. Her wit was second to none! Makes me smile thinking of her. I miss her so much.

  6. I still can’t believe her name wasn’t really Violet — was it really Turquoise? Wow. But this seems like an excellent thing to do in her memory — thank you!

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