Today I went to the funeral of a dear friend.
After knee replacement surgery about 5 years ago she developed a strep B infection of the blood.
It took several months for her to recover, anyway at the time she thought she was recovering.
But as time went by she had one medical thing after another, until she reached a point where they finally amputated her leg.
She fought long and hard right up to the end.
We had been friends for over 30 years and had a lot of good memories of all the
political campaigns and conventions we went too.
She was an activist, big time. Always fighting for the underdog.
We were almost reaching the point where she was going to charge up her electric chair so we could march for Peace.
She was not a fan of our current administration and she made sure every one knew that.
She was so looking forward to the 2008 elections and had commented to me.
"How neat it was that the Democrats finally have a slate of candidates where anyone of them would be great."
We couldn't decide whether we wanted the first female or the first black President and then we would commiserate how nice it would be to have someone intelligent and easy on the eyes as John Edwards.
I am lucky to have had many friends and this is not the first one I have lost.
My best friend Arli, my soul mate died 8 years ago and Mare was the first one to call me and come over.
The strangest thing about all of this, both of them died as a result of a strep infection of the blood.
Arli within 7 days, it just took Mare longer.
One thing I will always remember about both of them was their unselfish caring of others,
anyone is lucky to have one friend like that..
I have been blessed with two.
Wednesday before Easter was the last time I saw Mare.
The twinkle wasn't in her eyes, and she seemed to be just going through the motions.
She mentioned to me and another friend that was there, that she wasn't feeling good.
She spent Easter with her family and a few days later she was in the hospital.
Last Saturday, her heart stopped, what else was going on in her body?
I don't know.
I do know, that she will be missed by me and everyone out there that needed a good advocate.
Rest in Peace Mare..