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!