Lucy (O'Donnell) Vodden, a fanciful drawing of whom young Julian Lennon composed, named "Lucy in the sky with diamonds," and gave to his father, succumbed to lupus last week at the age of 46.
Mrs Vodden developed lupus in her thirties. It is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks its own cells, causing immense pain and organ breakdown.
She was at nursery with John Lennon’s oldest son in Weybridge, Surrey, in 1966 but had seen him only once – 23 years ago at one of his concerts – since. He did, however, send a greeting when she married Ross Vodden in 1996.
The former classmates had resumed their friendship in recent months after Lennon, who now lives in France, heard that she was chronically ill. He sent a bouquet of flowers to her home in Surbiton, Surrey, with a personally written card.
And here's a juicy example of British frankness:
“I can't stand the song. I don't feel I can relate to it. I just don't like it. I don't see a four-year-old kid running around with kaleidoscopic eyes. It doesn't make sense.” (a quote from Vodden)