You will be missed Mary

When I wrote about Mary Tyler Moore back in July I learned so much about this lady who revolutionized television, not once, but twice in her career.

She was an unapologetic feminist who at once never backed down from what she believed in while also staying classy and keeping her poise.

Mary was also an animal rights activist who founded Broadway Barks 51 ,along with Bernadette Peters, and for 15 years has held “star studded adoption events” which resulted in a huge 200 adoptions during their last event.

Mary spent a lot of time speaking out about the many homeless cats and dogs in the New York Metropolitan era trying to make a difference in the lives of those who could not speak for themselves.

She also made a difference in my life through her TV shows. In a world that too often teaches young men that women are the fairer sex, she broke that mold and showed me that women are strong and fierce.

She didn’t find out until she was 33 that she was a Type 1 Diabetic, a disease that would cause her to lose more and more of her vision in recent years. In the end though the disease would cause her to have pneumonia, a common illness with diabetics, which today stole from us one of our greatest icons.

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. - Mary Tyler Moore

Her rep issued the following statement: “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

Mary Tyler Moore was one of a kind and she is one of those people who have left this world a better place for having had her in it.

If you need me I will be binge watching The Dick Van Dyke show.

Goodbye Mary, You Will Be Missed.