Today, instead of opening the SACG for the season, I joined Cathy, Doug and Burt from Urban Connections at Ms. D's Celebration of Life Service which had been organized at the Wayne T. Lee Funeral Home on East Main Street. Lovelee Kirk (another neighbor) called me last night and asked me to say a few words. This is what I jotted down this morning and shared about Ms. Dee with her extensive collection of family and friends.
Just so you know how special she was, during the final prayer of the service, Homeless Dave (who has a last name, but I don't feel comfortable sharing it here) came in and sat in front of me with all of his stuff. Somehow, he found out too and even though the service was scheduled at the last minute and he walks virtually everywhere he goes, he came to pay his last respects and join everyone in the parking lot to release balloons into the sun-filled sky.
Neighbor Rose was also there. Ms. Dee once called 911 for Rose when a man forced himself into her apartment.
She was so popular in the neighborhood that when I stopped by a bus stop to ask directions (after driving right by the place twice), one of the ladies knew whose service I was planning to attend.
She will be very missed.