I went to the funeral of Ruth Finke on Monday. She was one of my surrogate “moms” through high school and beyond. Ruth was 96 when she passed last week. I am certain she had no regrets, or at least very few. She wound up with four great kids, lots of beautiful grandchildren and even better, lots of great grandchildren. I know through my action with her family members that family was of utmost importance in her life. She was plain spoken and gave it to you straight, whether you liked what she had to say or not. She was a very lucky lady.
I received a call last week from an old friend, Carolyn Werner, who used to be the local director of the Red Cross many years ago. She is now a resident at The Vineyard on Catawba, and told me that a young couple stopped by the Community Center there and dropped off a bunch of flowers. She was curious where they came from. Well, my spies inside The Vineyard told me that the couple was just married and brought in their wedding flowers to share them with the residents there. They did not leave their names. What a sweet gesture!