I just heard that a longtime online friend, Barbara Williamson Woods, has passed away. I know she had been battling cancer. We pray for the family and we send them our heartfelt condolences.
Let me tell you about Babs. It's quite a story. She was a member of one of my online groups, The Writer's Life. We didn't know she had cancer; in fact, she didn't know she had it herself until after she moved to Montana.
Let me also tell you the story of how she ended up there.
Of all the things in the world, she wanted to move back to her beloved mountains but she didn't know how to go about it herself.
My writing group members got together and found a way for her to get there. Someone donated money for the bus ride and once she got there, someone helped her get a computer. Don't ever estimate the love you have for online friends.
We'd hear from her now and then, but not very often. She would cough a lot when one of us would call her, so her lungs must have played into this somewhere. She was a smoker. I remember one time talking to her on the phone and she was so full of laughs, but coughed as I was coughing along with her. I'm a smoker, too. I've cut back my smoke intake to half, but still.
Babs had hopes and dreams and moving to Montana was what she wanted to do before she died. And she did it. Becoming a published author was her hope and dream. And she did it.
Unfortunately for us, it was time for her maker to take her back. We will miss you, Babs.