I am happy to honor her.

From a young age, she adored being close to others. She loved people.

She was full of light. Her face opened to laughter and joy with an ease that gave others a sense of peace.

She was gentle, perceptive, and empathetic.

She was persistent and determined. She knew what she wanted.

She wanted the ones she loved near her and she wanted their happiness.

She sacrificed a great deal so that they would have it.

She experienced a tremendous amount of loss in her lifetime, more than most people.

Still, it never swayed her from her goals.

She knew what it was to feel rich in love. She wanted that richness for everyone. No one was outside this dream. All had a place in it.

She’s my hero.

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