Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do no matter what the circumstances may be. My very, dear, sweet, friend, Gloria Sauer Ballard passed away yesterday, wayyy too young. It’s hard to wrap your head around something like this, even when you know it’s coming. She has been battling stomach cancer for almost a year now. I can still remember getting that phone call last March that she was sick. She is the kindest soul that you’d ever want to meet.
We became friends back in high school and have remained friends after all these years. What great “girlfriend” memories I have with her, concerts, boyfriends, cheerleading, football games and her & I drumming on the back of the couch at Steve’s house to “Fleetwood Mac” – LOL those were the days! She is one of those friends that no matter how far away you lived or how much time passed since you saw her last, whenever you got together it always felt like you JUST saw her.
With all she had going on she still took the time to send me a birthday card last October. When I called to thank her she just said “ahhhhhh sweetie of course” (always thinking of others). Gloria was a special soul and lived her life full of tenderness, strength and grace.
Dear Gloria – I will surely miss you and your sweet ways. You have been a friend that I will always cherish and think of often. I will do my best to keep in touch with your dear daughters. Until we see each other again and we will, I love you! Toodles