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.