From the moment I heard the news I knew I needed to post about it but finding the right words has not been easy – until I attended her funeral – now I can’t get them down fast enough.
I am not sure what happened Friday at work that caused Nalene to be taken to her doctor by her co-worker but clearly she did not feel well. At the doctor’s office she collapsed and was then taken across the street by ambulance to the hospital where she was lucid enough to talk and have a hospital gown put on her. And then her heart stopped. They tried for at least an hour, if not longer, to bring her back but she was gone.
And then our hearts stopped.
Nalene and I were in the same singles branch for going on 10 years. She was a part of the group of women that I refer to as the amazing network of friends I am blessed with as a result of attending this branch. Initially I began attending a singles branch to show the lord that I was willing to make the effort to hopefully meet and marry my eternal companion. Clearly, that has not been the result (so far). But that is OK because I got to know Nalene.
I never told her that she was part of this self-created club of mine.
I should have. It is a big club and everyone’s membership is cherished (by me anyway).
What I have learned from Nalene is that I need to NOT keep this club roster a secret. I need to let these amazing friends of mine know that I think they are amazing and they mean the world to me and that I am so blessed to have them in my life. Not take for granted the fact that I have NUMEROUS remarkable women (and a couple of men) to turn to at any time for anything.
Nalene’s BFF, Jana, paid an amazingly beautiful tribute to her last night. At the close of her talk she shared snippets from e-mails she had received from Nalene over the years. Nalene made sure her friends knew that she loved them and that she was sooooooo grateful to have them in her life.
I am so sad but also so inspired.
Not only to be a better friend but to be a better visiting teacher. Attend the
Magnify my callings. Make more cupcakes. Attend more parties. Return more
calls. Make more calls. Send more ‘just because’ cards. Be a better sister,
daughter, aunt and cousin. Have more adventures. Laugh more. Love more.
Farewell Nalene – I am excited about the prospect of you leading the Activities Committee on the other side of the veil.