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February 19, 2007
I wish I would have had the opportunity to have met Beryl.
Being a very cool and talented person, her inspirations and experiences would have been great stories to listen too.
May God Bless you and your family.
February 19, 2007
I never met Beryl - I rented her shared cottage in Harper's Ferry one summer while I was student - but through phone conversations and her 'esteemed correspondents' emails, became enamored with the life of this truly unique and caring individual. I will always regret not meeting her before she passed but hope to carry a bit of her spirit with me as I make my way through life.
February 18, 2007
Beryl was a very special person who I admired greatly. I was inspired to visit Turkey because she was living there and that made it seem safe. When my traveling companion and I reached Antalya, where she was living, Beryl travled by bus across the city to collect us and made us feel very welcome.
We will miss the Dog Derby Races that she started after going to the horse races in the south a few years ago. Don and I grew the mint and were in charge of making the Mint Juleps. We all wore fancy hats. Last year, Beryl wore a floor lengh formal with a tag sticking out at her shoulder that indicated it was a vintage Goodwill store purchase, she looked splendid! Our new moto to live by is "What would Beryl do?"
February 17, 2007
I will always regret not answering
Beryl's call to join them as they travelled through South America a few years ago. It would have provided me a greater opportunity to know this remarkable woman.
She left her mark on the RPCV movement and that is an example for all of us. May she go in peace, as she is an example of that peace for all of us also to follow.
February 17, 2007
I am still stunned - having just learned that dear Beryl has left us... I think it was a the Berkeley RPCV national conference when we changed the name to National Peace Corps Assn. I treasured seeing her - all too rarely, but as one of the recipients of her "Esteemed Correspondents" emails - I traveled the world with her.
I'm sad I never got to Harpers' Ferry or Eugene when she was there.
The last time I saw Beryl was in 2002, when I was despondent as my beloved dad was critically ill - a few hours before he died, I was summoned from the CCU - told there was someone outside to see me.
Waiting for me with a huge hug was dear Beryl - who was heading back to Eugene from Pete & Susan's in Walnut Creek. She had gotten off the freeway, found the hospital and me. She was just what I needed at that moment - an angel on earth. I was always amazed at how many people Beryl collected, and how she kept in touch with all.
I will greatly miss those wonderful emails....and treasure those I have. How lucky we were to have you in our lives, Beryl...
February 17, 2007
WE have fond memories of growing up with Beryl in Wheeler and the many youth group activities. Lynn, please keep in touch.
February 17, 2007
Aunt Beryl was a great friend to so many. It is sad to know that she has taken her last journey. She certainly made the most of life when she was here with us all. We had been planning a trip to Cuba for this summer, she had been talking about planning her high school reunion as well as more functions with her Peace Corps friends. Yes, travelling the world, seeing friends and family and making the world a better place for others . . . that was what Beryl was all about.
She will be missed dearly.
February 16, 2007
We have lost a wonderful woman. I was with the Rpcv groupe in Eugene for a short while and admired her so much,
February 16, 2007
Beryl:

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."
Anonymous

All those whom you have touched will never be the same.

Love,

Bea
February 16, 2007
Beryl, this isn't the status story you always asked for. Sorry. Thanks for yours. I will try to live and teach my son to live with the same attitude, less the restlessness, now. I will continue to convince others to do the same things in your way, like it is always easier to do a kindness that way unto others than yourself. Thanks for that last visit. I am glad you have rest now.

The Bright Flame
comsumes its fuel quickly.
When It
is brighter than ones own,
the Loss
is nothing less
than the loss
of ones
own shadow.

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Beryl (far right) with Idaho, Oregon and Washington RPCVs at Aug. 2006 Campout
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