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Gone But Not Forgotten

Story ID:5910
Written by:Nancy J. Kopp (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:OurEcho Community
Location:Manhattan KS USA
Person:Wanda Molsberry Bates
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Gone But Not Forgotten

Gone But Not Forgotten

Today, I lost a dear friend, who was also a writer, one who has many stories and essays posted here at Our Echo.

Wanda Molsberry Bates passed away this afternoon at the age of 95. Less than two weeks ago we had a good phone visit, but when I went to visit her last Thursday, she had taken a turn for the worse and had family with her. Wanda had been in the hospital in the latter part of January, and physically she never recovered, but mentally her mind was still strong and clear up to just recently.

She moved to our new Hospice House in February, near death, but she rallied and gained a little strength, surprising us all. We had several good visits, and her family came from across the nation and even Antarctica (a grandson works there, one she wrote an interesting story about a couple of years ago) to visit her. She was somewhat overwhelmed by the attention, love and caring ways they had all displayed, but I told her it only proved what I’d already known, that she was a special person. How wonderful that her family did come to visit while she could enjoy seeing them.

Several weeks ago, when I stopped by for a short visit, Wanda asked me to do her a favor. “Anything at all,” I told her. She had been scheduled to give a program at her Literature Club and she wanted to know if I’d do it for her. It pleased me very much that she asked, made me feel good to be able to help her in some small way. She said she’d been thinking about it and wanted me to be sure to read my essay “How I Learned To Love Books” and then any others of my choice.

I’ve posted a couple stories about Wanda at Our Echo. If you would like to read them, they are: Wanda—A Most Admired Friend Story ID 3408 and A Writer I Admire Story ID 5517. Both will give you more of why I have treasured our friendship.

I will miss her, but I shall not forget her. I will miss the many, many e-mail chats we had over the years. When the need to talk with her is great, I’ll come here to read her many postings. I know it will make me feel close to her once again.

My prayers are for peace and comfort for her family as they mourn mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. And may a special star light up in the night sky that is hers alone.

Photo: Wanda at a family dinner