Today is a day I shall not forget. As many years have past January 22 will always be a melancholy day. January 22 is a day marked by goodbye. January 22 is the day I first felt this world without you.
You were born on June 12 1927 during the Great Depression to a pair of Blue collar hard workers looking for a better future. Music was woven into every part of your soul. You were driven, ambitious, hard working, positive, polite, sassy, smart and kind. Your abilities to make things better seemed so effortless. You were gracious and fierce. No one walked on you.
You made a real impact on the community, educational systems in the state of Oregon and sold multiple musical arrangements around the globe yet you NEVER made a fuss about any of your accomplishments. You made clothes that were works of art, and no one could ever make bread as delightful as yours.
You made plants and people grow. You nourished them and made sure they had shelter and space to thrive.
You encouraged me to sing more than anyone. You made me believe in magic and inspired me in so many ways. You always trusted that God was good no matter how bad things were. I loved you so much my whole life and I love you still. I will always wish you had kicked cancer’s ass and lived to be 100 like we talked about so many times. I am so grateful for all the lessons you taught me and all the time we had. ❤️
©️Rachel Anne Redfield 2022