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.