A Giver in Many Ways
If you were making dinner, she'd say, `Oh, what can I do?' " Angela Gottlieb said of her cousin Monica Lyons, who would always arrive with a small statue of a child for Ms. Gottlieb's collection. "That was so typical of her."
Ms. Lyons, 53, was an executive assistant at Marsh & McLennan, where she had worked for 30 years.
Ivory Sidberry, Ms. Lyons's boyfriend of six years, sees evidence of her thoughtfulness all around his house. She bought kitchen gadgets, including a huge pepper mill.
"In fact, I just finished using it now," he said recently. "I had a roast beef sandwich, and said, `Hey, what about some fresh pepper? Wow. Monica.' " She organized his constantly growing CD collection, alphabetizing and sorting titles on the computer. "Needless to say, it's sort of outdated now, because she hasn't been here," he said.
Ms. Gottlieb said: "We miss her more as time goes by. You would've thought you wouldn't feel that, but I really do."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on July 14, 2002.