[bksvol-discuss] Re: Sorrowful tidings of Mayrie ReNae

  • From: "Judy s." <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2012 21:42:35 -0600

Thank you, Lissi, for your wonderful remembrance. I met Mayrie through Bookshare almost six years ago, and she promptly began a funny and sweet campaign in off-list emails to convince me to become a volunteer. It took a year, but she finally convinced me, and I am grateful every single day that she did. In the process we became friends, and over the last five years worked together on many books and projects, and enjoyed many a conversation, as friends do. We share a love of critters, and gardens, and I had great fun swapping stories of what we enjoyed: the chorus of thousands of tree frogs that serenade us, the owls that call back and forth nightly, cricket chirping in the lazy summer heat and in autumn the cries of geese as they pass. She turn told me of the joy of staying near the ocean, with its surf and birds, and the scents of the Californian springs as the trees and flowers grew and bloomed. Her passing has grieved me terribly, but I will always be glad for the six years that she generously shared with me as her friend.


Judy s.

On 12/1/2012 9:57 PM, Estelnalissi wrote:
Dear Booksharian Friends,
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On the last morning of November Mayrie Renae peacefully died in her sleep. She wasnâ??t finished living and loving and being a dynamic force for good in Bookshare, but she was spared increasing suffering as her illness worsened. I finally brought myself to write to you because I think it is better for you to hear this from a friend.
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I am passing this sad news along today so that we may react as caring friends and volunteers this weekend expressing our grief and comforting one another unencumbered by list rules and guidelines for if there is ever a time when our community feelings are more important than the business at hand, it is now.
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In my case Mayrie was a cherished friend and usually, though not always, a like-minded volunteer.
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She was an impeccable proofreader and scanner. Initially she set out to make many more books available to young readers. Eagerly she incorporated tips she gathered from this list and was soon developing new ones of her own. She recruited the help of volunteers who, like herself, were committed to dependability and accuracy. Her prodigious output proved to volunteers and to the Benetech staff that blind Booksharians could produce accurate work at speed. In fact, she was hired as a professional proofreader and expanded her skills to include list advisor and technique developer while at the same time continuing to scan books for long-time friends and newcomers.
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Mayrie set a high example of work ethic for volunteers and staff alike. In answering questions on and off list she was patient. Without neglecting the wishes of her friends, she found time to train and channel scans to beginning volunteers. She adjusted to change gracefully. When many of our books were replaced by PQ books, she celebrated the overall gain to readers though her entire Sammy Keyes series was replaced along with many other of her submissions. Mayrie respected confidences and never gossiped or fostered any kind of hard feelings. If Mayrie had a fault it was believing that anyone, paid or unpaid, could work with her tireless dedication.
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Please know Iâ??m writing as Mayrieâ??s grieving friend and not officially. Mayrie and I fed each otherâ??s passion for books and Bookshare. By example she showed me how to keep the goal of helping develop a huge accessible library before any frustration or hurt feelings. Negativity must never obscure pursuit of the greater good Bookshare accomplishes.
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I want to wind down on a more personal note. I believe Mayrie wouldnâ??t mind me sharing a few facets of her sparkling personality. Mayrie loved chocolate and peanut butter, especially peanut butter pie. She was always in search of a recipe for putting more peanut butter in cookies while maintaining good texture and improving flavor. Mayrie loved books where the woman got her man as well as mysteries and well written books for teens and middle-schoolers.
She loved coffee.
She was far more likely to cry tears of compassion than of self pity.
She loved teamwork in the kitchen with John.
She let the child in her enjoy childrenâ??s music and build with Legos.
Keeping promises was important to Mayrie.
Nascar on the radio was fun.
Exercise wasnâ??t fun.
There was nothing more satisfying than contributing a complete series of books to Bookshare.
The artist in her chose colorful skirts and played guitar.
Mayrieâ??s winters could be dreary and her summers too hot.
She was gleeful when she found ways to work around any roadblocks posed by her blindness. Potatoes with the skins on roasted with butter and Liptonâ??s dry onion soup on top were one of her favorite side dishes.
She was a fan of folk and country music.
No librarian could have kept the prodigious number of print books she hoped yet to scan better organized.
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Mayrie was such an intelligent, vibrant person. But think, she was but one of many of Bookshareâ??s fascinating, vibrant volunteers, staff and members. With each person lost and gained Bookshareâ??s history and future grows richer.
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Mayrie left us the link to a song to help us cope with her passing.
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http://hkc.im/1ij

Always with love,
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Lissi


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