You know my heart, and I know I can't find the words that will describe my sorrow at Leanna's passing and how difficult it must be for you at this time. We're so very sorry.
I met Leanna when she came to work at BPA in Personnel. I think it was some time around 1981. The first time I heard her laugh, I laughed right after her. Her laugh was contagious. What a delight. Sometimes I'd tell her crazy things just to make her laugh, and sometimes those crazy things were true. She had a fun way of drawing out "I K N O W !" That was so fun to hear.
She had a grace about her that I was always envious of, not to mention her long slender hands and beautiful nails. I was the klutz who would go home w/ bruises from reading and walking, or walking and talking, and my hands looked like I was a recent lumberjack! DANG! I'd hold my hands up next to hers for comparison, and she'd just smile with a knowing look that said: "Yes Petey, I agree. They are much prettier than yours!"
Whenever you called, I knew it was you on the phone. She always had a constant ear-to-ear smile, but it was the blushing around her neck that really gave it away. She loved you so much, and what a wonderful couple you two were together.
It was so great to reconnect in person after such a long time of exchanging Christmas cards and letters. It has been an honor, and you both have enriched our lives so much during Leanna's ordeal.
Leanna couldn't have had a better husband than you who gave her everything he had and more. Leanna is my hero, and when it is my turn to pass on, I hope I can do it with as much courage and love as what she showed.
God Bless You Gerry. What a great caretaker you were. Now it's time to take care of the one Leanna loved most! YOU!
We'll keep in touch for sure.
Love and our deepest condolences,