Life Stories

Maggie & I went to high school together. I remember back when I was struggling in the Algebra class we both attended. No matter how much effort I put into it, I just could not grasp the basic concepts--they made absolutely no sense. Maggie was a whiz at every subject and she graciously offered to tutor me after school. When all the other girls would go to the local soda shop for a milkshake and gossip, Maggie would sit with me and patiently explain algebraic formulas in a manner which actually started to make sense to me! Within a few weeks, I went from a failing grade to a B+. It was an amazing transformation fueled by an amazing woman.

This is just one example of how Maggie never failed to step in and help without being asked. She was kind, gracious and giving and she continued to exemplify these qualities throughout her life. She inspired me to put more effort into my studies and I truly believe that had she not helped me, I may not have gone on to earn my college degree and embark on a successful career.

We should all live up to the example Maggie set and reach out to help when needed. I miss her so much but carry her within my heart to this day and beyond.