Koline Anton (1980-2008)
Koline was a beautiful young woman from Ambonwari Village on the Konmei River, married to my son Jeffrey Anton. In 2000 they fell in love at a party in Konmei. I was back in the US having chemo, and had sent my Yimas sons home for the time being---possibly forever, we thought. Jeffrey met the lovely Koline, who had been raised by another anthropologist, Borut Telban; they fell in love; he promised to return for her when he’d built her a house in Yimas. A few months later he did, and they remained in love and happy to the day she died in early December 2008. Three beautiful kids now miss their Mum: Melissa, Andrew, and baby Claudia. We are all gutted. She’d gone home for a visit, fell sick one day and was gone by the next. Samting blong ples.