Dear Judge Cherry, Susie, Nicole, Steve, Michelle, Melanie, and Bella:
It's been half a lifetime since I used to "live" at your house at times, and many years since I've seen more than one of you at a time, but please know of my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy at this time. The last time I SAW Karen was in 2008 when she came to my nephew's funeral - she figured I would be in town for it and took the time to come share in that combined sorrow and celebration of life. Much as she had been there for me and my family 22 years prior to that for another nephew. I use that example only to show the kind of person we all knew her to be: selfless, empathetic, thinking of others, and so much more. We have been in sporadic touch since then, but it's never really enough is it?
What I remember most, and what I thought of first when I heard, was the gift of her laughter and sense of humor and how the world has lost a bright spot of levity so needed today.
I'm sorry this is long - I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but while we mourn our loss it's good to remember and celebrate the amazing person she was. Just please know that my love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Know also that I mourn, and celebrate with you. She was a dear friend.