As those of you who follow the Hatches, Matches, and Dispatches section of the local news already know, the City (and the Nation for that matter) just lost a wonderful citizen. Her name was Shirley Brand or, "You can just call me Shirl" as she always said. Shirl was a close friend to Gladys and I and she will be sorely missed.
In her early years as a young woman Shirl helped the war effort by doing factory work as highlighted in the book "Doing my part" (written many years later) by Teresa Funk. The book is loosley based on on many of her experiences.
Later in life Shirl was a Kindergarten teacher for many years. Some of you may have read or heard of the book, "All I really needed to know I learned in Kindergarten" By Robert Fulghum, which pretty much summed up Shirl's impact on an entire generation of her graduates.
Then there was Christmas, Shirl loved Christmas, in fact, Shirl and friends were known as "Flakes" to each other during the Holiday. "All my friends are Flakes", she used to say. In fact, it was not at all uncommon to open a Christmas Card from Shirl and find many sparkling snowflakes would fall out as well. If that's what a flake is, may we have many more just like her.
We'll miss you Shirl.
That's Gladys' and my opinion and you're entitled to it.
Griz and Glad.