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

  • From: "Denise Wagner" <denisecwagner@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:32:33 -0500

I wasn’t fortunate enough to get to know Mayrie well, but I did proofread one 
of her last scans.  She retired from the group as I was proofing, but she had 
provided me with a very helpful checklist to help me remember what I needed to 
look for along with the checkmarks of what she had already done.  This was so 
very thoughtful on her part, and so very appreciated on my part.  Not to 
mention, her scan was excellent!

Bookshare and the community are so lucky to have had her presence and our 
archives are much richer to have her here with us even after she is in Heaven.  
My prayers are with her family and friends and hope they may find the comfort 
in knowing she was a very strong inspiration and will be missed terribly. 


From: Chela Robles 
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2012 11:04 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Sorrowful tidings of Mayrie ReNae

My condolence to all who were close, she was very instrumental in making the 
manual for proofreading/scanning with K1000 more easy to 
understand...especially the many times we kept talking about the ellipses over 
and over again she always said the same thing if only to refresh our memories. 
she is in a better place now where there aren't anymore tears nor pain nor fear 
and she can finally see! God blessed her and she lived her life helping us help 
others gain access to many books. I also like chocolate and peanut butter and 
pie and I like it when it is in a cheesecake form too!

"Passion is a great motivator. Music is a life-long learning experience."
Chela Robles a Nationally Certified person in Customer Service, certified by 
the National Retail Federation Foundation (NRF): http://www.nrffoundation.com/
E-mail: cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx
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Skype: jazzytrumpet
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please request me to send the two sound clips via email since the site has 
changed somewhat
I volunteer for Bookshare, to find out more and to volunteer with us,visit: 
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--On 12/2/2012 7:42 PM, Judy s. wrote:

  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,
    On the last morning of November Mayrie Renae peacefully died in her sleep. 
She wasn’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.
    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 
    In my case Mayrie was a cherished friend and usually, though not always, a 
like-minded volunteer. 
    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. 
    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. 
    Please know I’m writing as Mayrie’s grieving friend and not officially. 
Mayrie and I fed each other’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.
    I want to wind down on a more personal note. I believe Mayrie wouldn’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 children’s music and build with Legos.
    Keeping promises was important to Mayrie.
    Nascar on the radio was fun.
    Exercise wasn’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.
    Mayrie’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 Lipton’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.
    Mayrie was such an intelligent, vibrant person. But think, she was but one 
of many of Bookshare’s fascinating, vibrant volunteers, staff and members. 
With each person lost and gained Bookshare’s history and future grows richer.
    Mayrie left us the link to a song to help us cope with her passing. 

    Always with love,

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