I recently lost a friend. I met her through the Toastmaster’s (public speaking) organization.
We worked together on several projects over the years and got to know each other well. Sometimes we had lunch.
A great speaker with a smooth voice, she did voice-overs part-time and a lot of other things too. Occasionally I would hear her on commercials.
She was a free spirit, very laid back and the perennial hippie all rolled into one.
I don’t think I ever saw her outside of jeans. Her hairdos were always a no-fuss style with little to no make-up.
She co-authored a book and was an avid reader, hosting functions and encouraging others.
She was a great friend. She read and commented on my blog especially at the beginning when I had two readers. In return I edited her book.
During her illness she maintained a blog on caringbridge.org where she posted upbeat accounts of her health and treatments. I don’t think she ever lost hope so I was stunned and saddened when her daughter posted her dire status a few days before her death.
She was a woman of incredible faith and her concern was always for her family. She had no fear of death.
The world will be a sadder place without her. Some people incite memorable stories and she is one of those people. I remember some great “Ruth” stories.
Over the course of our association with Toastmasters, I heard her speak many times. Another Toastmaster reminded me of an unusual speech she gave about dying.
She had an envelope labeled “if I die.” In it along with “those” important papers she had a photo for her obituary so her family would use a “good” one.
Nope, she did not want her high school graduation photo or a snapshot in a swimsuit. She was in her 40s at the time of the speech. Who thinks like that?
I wasn’t surprised to see her obituary accompanied by a great head shot along with accurate details of her interests and accomplishments. Even in the end she was in charge and directing things.
For Ruth, peace.