throwback thursday to a happier time

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Today was a very sad day.  I was on a call when I missed a call and my agent in the office took a message.  After a bit of phone tag I found out that one of my former agents and dear friends passed away yesterday.  

Shirley Howard was so much more than an agent to me. She was one of my "other" mamas.  She had daughters around my age and granddaughters just older and younger than my own daughter.  While she lived in Georgia her girls and grands lived in Miami.  

She battled cancer back when she worked for me.  I guess from her surgery to the end of her chemo she was out of work for 7 or 8 months and I handled all her clients and paid her just like she was there. She moved back to Florida around 13 years ago when her mother in law became ill and needed care. 

The last time Donald and I were in Florida we visited her overnight and went out to a fabulous Italian dinner.  Her celebration of life isn't until later this month and I hope I can wiggle my schedule around and make it down for that. 

She was a wonderful person and dear friend and part of my life for such a long time. We had the kind of friendship that when we would talk or see one another it was like no time had passed and we could just pick right back up. She loved my daughter and my daughter loved her too. I'm going to miss you lady!  

 

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It sounds like your friend left you with many wonderful memories and the industry was fortunate she chose to be a part of it.

Jan 05, 2018 01:31 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I'm sorry for the loss of your friend and one time co-worker, Tammy.  It seems like we lost some great ones this year.

Jan 05, 2018 04:42 AM #2
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HI Tammy Lankford, - It sounds like you were a wonderful friend to Shirley and I am sure she appreciated everything you did for her.  I hope you can get back to Florida to celebrate her life. 

Jan 05, 2018 04:57 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Tammy. So sorry for your loss of a good friend. Hope you are able to clear your schedule and make the trip. 

Jan 05, 2018 05:31 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
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It is always sad to lose a good friend. Thanks for sharing some of your fond memories.

Jan 05, 2018 05:33 AM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Tammy. I am sooooo sorry for your loss. Shirley sounds like a very special person.

Jan 05, 2018 06:28 AM #6
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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So sorry to read the loss of your great friend, Tammy. I do hope you can make it to her celebration of life.

Jan 05, 2018 10:47 AM #7
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Susan Mangigian
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I'm so sorry to read this, my friend.  Hugs. 

Jan 05, 2018 11:25 AM #8
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Hannah Williams
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so sad Tammy Lankford,  I understand . I lost three dear friends this year myself .

Jan 05, 2018 12:20 PM #9
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Tammy Lankford,
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Thank you all for your comforting words in my sorrow.

Jan 05, 2018 12:40 PM #10
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Tammy Lankford, - I'm sorry for you loss. This is not the way you wanted to start the year and not what you wanted to hear. I understand, I was on a plane last 1/1/2017 going back home to Chicago for my dear Aunt's funeral. 

Your friend was a lovely lady. I hope you make it to FL for the celebration of her life. Thank you for sharing in the celebration of her life with us today, even though sad, it was very touching and special, just like you.

Jan 06, 2018 03:53 AM #11
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I like the throwback the happy times and really smile a lot when I do! Love and light!

Jan 06, 2018 11:22 PM #12
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