name doesn't light up on our Realm friend's list anymore but she
will remain in our hearts for all time.
I think she would be surprised, and even a little
embarrassed, if she saw so
many people expressing their sorrow and emotion at her passing. It wouldn't
occur to her that she was so popular and that she will be missed so much. Yet,
the very fact that so many have contributed to this memorial to celebrate her
life says so much more about her than mere words could ever do.
had friends everywhere. No one who encountered her in real life or on
the internet failed to be warmed
by her capacity for affection and friendship, and no one who knows of her
untimely passing will remain untouched by it. She was an exceptional woman -
colourful, energetic, thoroughly devoted to her husband and family and
passionate in all she did. She was full of life and strong in her faith.
was a good friend.
We could say that
had what T S Elliot called an "experiencing nature".
She was vulnerable to life, she was affected and altered by it, and she had -
in larger measures than most - compassion for her fellow human beings. It is
this last quality, compassion, that attracted us all to
. I believe that
most of us have been at the receiving end of her kindness and compassion. She
may have listened closely and offered her perspective about a matter especially
relevant to your life. She may have shared in your joy at the birth of your
first child or cried with you in the loss of a family member or friend or maybe
she just offered a quiet word of appreciation that meant a lot to you. Whatever
it was, it made a lasting impression.
It is not our hands that make us human, nor our
legs. It is not the shape of
our face, nor the thickness of our hair, nor the texture of our skin. We are
human because of our hearts, and the souls that fill our hearts.
filled her heart.