I first met Beth in 1994 when her and Roy moved South to Collierville, I thought Oh No there goes the neighborhood! But as
time went on I came to know what a precious gift I had in my neighbors and 17 years later we still live here, side by side.
I think they liked that I was a 'yank' too and they are Yoopers :). My own family lives far away, and Beth and Roy became
like family. As time went on I became very close to Beth and she helped me through some tough times. Beth would not always
agree with me but she would always support me no matter what, a true friend.
Beth was a truely amazing and unique person. She was fiercely loyal and loved her family more than anything. She was so proud of all of them and they were what mattered most to her. Over the years I got to meet them and see Beth in them, they will carry on her escense. Beth loved to entertain, her and Roy had many long-time friends they cherished and many new young friends who enjoyed their company.
Last week, my husband Grant and I spent alot of time with her family and friends all gathered together at the house. Beth
had a fabulous and witty sense of humor, a gift really, and loved a good story and we spent hours telling them about her (there are so many great memories!). We celebrated Beths life and what it meant to us and how she touched all of our hearts. Beth was a strong, independent, passionate rebel and would tell it like it is. She had a knack for coming up with funny euphemisms and unique nicknames that always made us laugh no matter how many times we heard them :). She was extremely smart and always remembered names, places and facts no one else could.
My family and I love Beth dearly and feel very lucky that she was in our lives. Its springtime, her favorite season, and I
will miss seeing her outside, tending to her Roses. I will miss going next door to hang out with my beloved friend and talk and laugh for hours, sitting at the kitchen table. I will miss seeing her lovely face and hearing her voice, which was sometimes full of fiestiness and sometimes full of compassion. I turned to her often for a shoulder or just for good company.
I will miss her my whole life.