[tabi] Re: Johnnie Slaton - A True Advocate

  • From: Aliqurani <aliquraini@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:53:36 -0400

I'm extremely sad to hear about that. I met her once she is so friendly, kind 
and smile person. 
Love,
Ali.

I would if I could

> On Oct 30, 2014, at 8:31 PM, Sila Miller <Silamiller@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> Good evening All,
>  
> It is with a heavy heart that I relay the sad news of Johnnie Slaton's 
> untimely passing. This is not only a great loss for Tallahassee and her 
> citizens who are blind but for the local chapter of the National Federation 
> of the Blind (NFB).
>  
> Johnnie apparently passed away in the early morning hours today. She had 
> suffered several strokes, one of which was responsible for the loss of her 
> eye sight. She was feeling poorly yesterday but in true "Johnnie fashion" was 
> putting off going to Urgent Care until she completed tying up some loose 
> ends. She left an enthusiastic voicemail for a co-worker—shortly before the 
> time of her death—excited that she’d acquired some needed equipment and happy 
> about how much  it was going to help in accomplishing yet more work.
>  
> Johnnie was one of the most sincere and committed people I know. She was 
> passionate in her quest to bring about equality and level the playing field 
> for people who are blind/visually impaired. She supported not only NFB but 
> reached out a hand of friendship, cooperation and support to Tallahassee 
> Council of the Blind. She had no time to waste and seized every opportunity 
> to advocate, educate and build relationships to further the cause of making 
> life better for people without eye sight.
>  
> I have yet to come to terms with the void she’s left. To say she will be 
> missed doesn’t touch how deep this loss is. I cannot imagine how grieved her 
> loved ones are. I just talked to her and am glad for every conversation, for 
> every event we worked together and for the friendship we forged. God rest 
> you, advocate, friend, crusader, lady, caring human, over-comer, Johnnie. You 
> were an example to all and your memory will live on.
>  
> With sympathy for us all and in highest regard for Johnnie, I end with what 
> she loved to say, “Bravo!” for the work you did while here on this earth. 
> “Bravo!” for the rich legacy/example you’ve left us with.
>  
> God rest you and comfort your family and friends,
>  
> Love,
> Sila

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