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Monday, July 07, 2008

Tears for Tricia

Yesterday afternoon we learned that a wonderfully vibrant, loving, beautiful, fun woman passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Tricia Riley was 41 years old. Our prayers this week are for her husband, Jim, and her children, Kelly, Ian and Maeve.

Her spirit touched so many of us and we are sad to lose a dear friend. A scene keeps playing in my head in continuous video loop. Kelly and Ryan were in first grade. It was the Mother's Day Tea and the kids had made a video, one of those tearjerkers. It was in slow motion to the soundtrack of Louis Armstrong's, "What a Wonderful World." The video fades out with Tricia's lovely daughter signing and mouthing, "I love you," to her mom. There wasn't a dry eye in the classroom, especially Tricia's. Our tears are for her lovely life, a life ended too soon.

We love you, Tricia. You've touched our hearts forever. May your grace and love steady us over the coming weeks.


Jill said...

I'm so sorry, Wendy. Prayers and thoughts to the family and friends.

Wendy A. Hoke said...

Thank you, friend. It's been a sad few days.

Maggie said...

Thank you, Wendy. I will see to it that all of the Kelly/Riley family read your kind words.

Wendy A. Hoke said...

You are all in our thoughts and prayers, Maggie.