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November 18, 2006
It is Thanksgiving time and I am thankful that Ann Richards was born and became such a great leader, person, role model, Mom, Grandmother, and friend! Governor Ann Richards was such a colorful person who was a great Ambassador for Texas, America and especially girls and women! My husband and I moved to Austin from Denver in 1993 just in time to enjoy her as Governor and to campaign for her re-election. She would have made a GREAT PRESIDENT, TOO! And how can anyone forget her great speech at the Democratic Convention. Take a minute to read that speech because it is as relevant today as it was when Ann gave it in 1988. We attended First United Methodist Church when she was Governor and enjoyed seeing her at church every Sunday accompanied by her two body guards. She was always greeted by many of the congregation; even more than the minister! I really wish I could have known her as a friend. She has left quite a legacy for the girls that will attend the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. When I paid my respects at the State Capitol where she laid in state, I saw men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life coming to pay their respects to Governor Ann Richards, a Texas legend, who worked to make the world, Texas and Austin a better place. I wished her honesty and integrity would set a new standard for politicians everywhere. I can’t think of a better tribute than to name the Congress Avenue Bridge, the “Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.” It will be real nice to drive over the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and say “Hi Ann”, or to go over her Bridge when walking the Capitol 10K or along the Town Lake trail, or when kayaking under her Bridge or when watching the bats take off and feel that Ann is there presiding over her Austin and her Texas! She loved Texas and we love you Ann! I know that heaven will never be the same . . . it certainly will be rolling in laughter.

May God bless your family and surround them with the love of friends and family. I know they will always miss you but you left them with such beautiful memories that you will truly live on within them. See you again someday and “thanks for the memories!”
November 07, 2006
I am so sorry that I never got to meet Ann Richards. I feel like I've known her for a very long time. What a great lady she was.
October 30, 2006
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 27, 2006
you are a great inspriation to us all
October 20, 2006
Ann, you would have made the BEST President EVER! I only wish that more poeple in politics had your HIGH standards of truth & honesty in ALL that they said AND did! After I recently lost my job with the State, I visited Town Lake again...where we met on SEVERAL occasions, not only to weep over the lose of my son, but to weep over the BEST Lady TX ever knew OR will EVER know! I will always cherish the memories, I have of you. Be sure to tell Heaven how they can straighten things out here on Earth...I KNOW that you will! Your family, Texas, and the REST of the world will sorely miss you, as will I. God Speed, my thoughts and prayers are with your Family.
October 19, 2006
I only recently discovered that Ann Richards had passed away and felt an immediate loss of someone who really made a difference. Not only for all what she accomplished that we know of but the people she affected in positive ways we will never know. I feel her example will long inspire any that have heard her speak.

I am a Canadian and get lots of american exposure on television, papers, etc but the first time i heard this woman speak i was hooked on her sincerity. Never saw her as a politician but as a real special person doing what she did best. Lead.

Politicians all over the globe should be using her for their standard to gauge their work by.

My deepest sympathies to her family as their loss must be tremendous.
October 15, 2006
There was something so special about Ann Richards from the very beginning, here in Travis County, and we all knew it. Then she ran for Governor! And WON! I stood on the grounds of the Capital and yelled out at her, "Governor Ann!" as she passed in the white carriage and she looked over at me. "What a FEELING!!!" She was bigger than everything and so special! She made Texas just sparkle and gave us that something "oh so special" again, something we haven't had since, and I don't know that we will ever have again. She touched lives, alot of them, and impressed a great deal of people. Just so amazing. She did what she said, and said what she did. She did do it as well as Fred Astaire, IN high heels and backwards, and we all just loved it, and loved her! When a Legend like Miss Ann goes on, its always hard on all of us, but the family hurts so much. Losing your mentor, hero, someone you'd love to be just like is hard, but losing your Mom is devastating. My heart goes out to the family, the sons and daughters, and grandchildren; but at the same time, you are lucky. You had a piece of Ann Richards that none of the rest of us did, you had her heart. And you truly did, for you could see the love she had for each member of her family in the twinkle in her beautiful eyes. God Bless you Governor Ann Richards, we won't forget, and you will always hold a place in my heart.
October 15, 2006
The two times in my life I felt most privileged to go to the polls happened when I cast my vote for Ann Richards for Governor of Texas (sure wish she had become our first female President!). My condolences to her family; I lost my own sweet mother last week and understand your heartache. Special thoughts are with Clark, who I knew many years ago in Austin. A bright light has gone out in Texas, but look at the beautiful new star lighting up the heavens! We'll miss you, Ms. Ann; Godspeed!
October 12, 2006
To: Ann Richards' Family,
Ann was an original, one of a kind. May God bless and keep you.
October 09, 2006
I wish Ann was here to vote for this Novenber. I'm a Republican who would liked to have had that oppertunity. People like her are too few. I enjoyed her first book (LedOL) and her last has me looking after my own health hoping not to be a burden to my sons. May God bless her family with peace.

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