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...