To Susie's family,
I am thinking of and celebrating Susie on her birthday today.
Susie and I met when we both worked for Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz in the fall of 1978. We soon discovered we shared the same birth year and birth month - April 1949 - and were born just a week apart. That was the beginning of a friendship, mostly long distance, that lasted until her passing. In 1979, we celebrated our 30th birthdays and that of Dan Chu, another KMD colleague who was also born in April but 10 years before, by throwing a 30-40-30 party for our friends. Best party ever! My husband and I returned to Oregon in late summer 1980, and thus began our long-distance friendship centered around corresponding at our birthdays and at the winter holidays. We covered a lot in those cards! We managed to see each other a few times, both in the Bay Area and once in Corvallis. In addition to our work memories, we shared a love for family, travel, gardens, and food. In 2012, when I shared that our younger daughter was getting married at The Nines in January 2013, she shared that her nephew had been married there and what a wonderful and special occasion it was. Risa, I am sure we met a time or two.
Please know I am thinking of your family today and will always treasure my friendship with Susie.
Much love to you all.