Dear Friends and blog followers,
I’ve never written a post quite like this one, and I do so with a heavy heart.
Beth Wise and her travel companion sat in my home about three weeks ago to discuss some tips on their upcoming trip to Paris and other destinations in France. Bernie joined us. Beth was so excited to return to Paris, a place she adored. And she was definitely among the ranks of us Francophiles who can’t seem to get enough.
Beth was a loyal reader of our blog and on most days would leave a comment which was positive and uplifting… like she was all the time. On top of that, she was soon to be my neighbor and in the process of selling her home of many years and moving in just across the street from me. We had so many plans to grow our friendship.
Then suddenly…everything changed when I received a phone-call about 3:30 yesterday from a mutual friend telling me that Beth had died of a massive heart attack while in Le Havre. This was almost unbelievable, jaw-dropping, and heart breaking. It’s been so very hard to wrap my thoughts and my heart around this terrible piece of news.
I write this as a tribute to Beth, to what she meant to our community of Huntsville, Alabama and to those who cherished her stalwart spirit and generous heart. I write to you all, both near and far, because we are of one core and have so enjoyed Paris together this past summer. We have lost one of own. Though you may not have known her, you can feel the pain of loss for her love of Paris and love of life. Share in this grief as we remember her family and her dear travel companion, Suzanne O’Connor.
Rest in peace, Beth Wise. We are better because we knew you.
Linda & Bernie