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

  • From: Laura Shannon <brighteyes324@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:32:13 -0500

I did not get a chance to get to know Mayrie that well but I know from the
beautiful posts here that she was a special person indeed.

My sincerest condolences to her family and all her friends in the Bookshare


On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Martha Rafter <mlhr@xxxxxxx> wrote:

>   Dear Lissi,
>    Thank you for sharing these sad tidings.  I don’t think that I can add
> anything more beautiful than the words I have already read from this list
> this morning.  I admired Mayrie as a fellow volunteer who always had help
> to share with me and I think I am safe in saying with all of us; and I
> loved her as a friend.  I will miss her very much.
> Marty
>  *From:* Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> *Sent:* Saturday, December 01, 2012 10:57 PM
> *To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Sorrowful tidings of Mayrie ReNae
>   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 now.
> 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.
> http://hkc.im/1ij
> Always with love,
> Lissi

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