My next-door neighbor passed away unexpectedly. Her funeral was Saturday. She was more than a neighbor, she was a good friend. She adopted my children, along with most of the neighborhood. She was a wonderful, warm, sweet woman who will be sorely missed.
If you met her on the street, you probably wouldn't look twice. Until you saw her smile. She exuded love and joy. She had a child-like simplicity and deep faith.
Yvonne, you brought light to our hearts. I'm humbled to have known you as a friend.