Goodbye, Becky

This morning I was greeted by the sad news that a friend and former coworker, Becky Harris, had passed away in the night. I'm a little stunned as I sit here trying to come up with the right words to honor her. Throughout the day I'll be working on a feature obituary -- a feature-length story that will highlight Becky's special accomplishments and her radiant personality.

As I privately mourn, though, what I keep thinking of is her sweet voice. So pleasant and songlike, even when she was having a really bad day. She had the most wonderful way of always saying positive things, and if she ever disliked something you would hardly guess from her mild criticisms.

Becky just made everything seem nicer. I remember days when I had written something I wasn't confident in at all. She would read it and say, "Good job, Rachel!" 

She lived a very interesting life, but she wasn't one to brag about what she had accomplished. So it was always fun when things would come out in conversation. You would think you knew things about Becky, and then she would surprise you with new information every once in a while.

She also served as one of the stand-in "moms" in my life that have nurtured me in the years since I lost my own mom. She assisted me on the day that I had my bridal portraits made. What a great memory that was with such a sweet lady.

My heart is heavy as I go about this task, but I know I'm going to hear some wonderful stories about Becky today. If you have one you'd like to share, feel free to fill up the comment section with positive vibes about my friend. Or give me a call at 501-505-1236.

 

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David McCollum
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David McCollum 05/14/14 - 09:35 am
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Feel free to use whatever

Feel free to use whatever from the blog I just posted above yours

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/14/14 - 09:39 am
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Regrets

I know this is tough on the staff. Sorry you guys.

Debra Hale-Shelton
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Debra Hale-Shelton 05/14/14 - 10:12 am
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Goodbye, Becky

It was an honor to work alongside Becky Harris in covering Conway news and to talk and laugh with her at occasional book-club meetings. Reporters have a knack for making enemies, but I never heard a bad word about Becky. Not one. She was kind, humble, smart and professional. She enjoyed covering the arts and did so well. She lived as fully as she could even as she battled a horrible illness. I have the utmost respect for her and her work. But more importantly, she was a good, kind person and a friend and loved one of so many.

dolls62
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dolls62 05/14/14 - 10:41 am
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A gentle spirit

All day I have heard the sound of Becky giggling in my head. I remember her giggling over the cell phone as she drove through the "roundy round" over and over until I made her GET OFF THE PHONE and drive. I can hear her giggling when we talked about our "evil twin editors" (Dolleen and Shecky) and our "evil twin patients" (Molleen and Yecky, for when we felt under the weather). Becky had some of the best stories I have ever heard ... about people she met, or places she had been, or husbands/boyfriends she had known. She had a life filled with laughter and fun and love. And I'll miss her.

David McCollum
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David McCollum 05/14/14 - 12:12 pm
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Debra Hale-Shelton just

Debra Hale-Shelton just nailed it. In her tribute to Becky, she used the word "kind" twice. It is impossible to describe Becky Harris without using "kind."

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