Tiny little shoes, impossible to fill

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

I've had agents retire over the 24 years as a broker owner and that has usually been a celebration.  I have also had agents leave and they are no longer actively licensed, but have moved on to other avenues in life from stay at home mom to builder. But this week for the 3rd time I lost one because she died. I have a giant hole in my heart and I'm not sure how long time will have to pass before I feel better.

Nancy Ewing was an amazing agent. She had been an agent since I was 4 years old.  And even though I was her broker I learned so much from her. And while some of it was old school basics, some of it was her pushing me to be and do better.  She treated and talked to me like I was one of her kids. She talked to me like I was one of her kids.  She has 5 grands and over the 18 years she was in my life and in my office I got to spend time with the oldest 3 of them. There is art and thank you notes from them in our office and photos of all 5.  This photo is me between Nancy and Joe Walton, my two top producing agents for years.

When you spend day in and day out with someone for years at work they become family. There was one day last year when Nancy watched my grandson for a little while when I was out of the office when Abigail had to drop him off at my office because something came up that day. 

We've laughed together, we've cried together and we've laughed until we cried together. We liked the same TV shows, the same books we both had a love for silly socks. Nancy's "closing socks" were made my "miss mismatch" and for her last birthday I gave her socks that make your feet look like puppy paws.  We also liked the same jewelry and so many times we gave each other the same thing for Christmas because our tastes were so aligned. 

I'm going to miss Nancy something terrible.  She was filled with unfiltered sass and we had that in common too. I'm sharing a link to her obituary because it's filled with the humor that was Nancy and it will give you a laugh.  The day she died a redbird came and sat on a limb and waved it's wing at me.  I feel sure that was God's way of letting me know Nancy is good in his presence. 

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Laura Cerrano
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Wow. I’m sorry I can only imagine I have a triple Incidents that way . Many blessings all around. Major condolences.

Nov 02, 2019 10:32 PM #10
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Tammy. A true tribute to someone who meant so much to you. Sorry for your loss!

Nov 03, 2019 05:19 AM #15
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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The footprints she left in your life are yours for a lifetime...treasure the memories and know how fortunate you were to have her in your life.

Nov 03, 2019 05:41 AM #16
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Brian England
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I am so sorry to hear about her passing, I am sure she was a beautiful person and a great agent.

Nov 03, 2019 06:13 AM #17
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you for sharing Nancy with us; she sounds like someone full of energy and spunk. And I loved that she was responsible for bringing rolls and paper plates to get-togethers. I'm sure that was the subject of much laughter.

Thinking of you.

 

Nov 03, 2019 06:28 AM #18
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Life of itself is rewarding but when you notice you are going through it with others...its jackpot!

Nov 03, 2019 06:38 AM #19
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Sheila Anderson
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OMG Tammy I am soooooooo very sorry for your loss. I have tears running down my face and I think your friend Nancy would have been very proud of you and this.

Nov 03, 2019 06:47 AM #20
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What a beautiful story of friendship and mentoring. I can only imagine how much you miss her. I'm so sorry, Tammy. However, lucky you to have shared years enjoying such an amazing woman.  Sending you healing thoughts. 

Nov 03, 2019 07:01 AM #21
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Lyn Sims
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So sorry Tammy for your loss & the loss for the office.

Nov 03, 2019 07:09 AM #22
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Tammy... what a lovely tribute to your friend and colleague, Nancy. I know you will miss her, but hopefully over time what will happen is that you'll look back on your good times with her as a great blessing and less as a sad loss.

Nov 03, 2019 08:22 AM #23
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Tammy Lankford,
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Kat Palmiotti  true story... a few thanksgivings ago, Nancy cam to work the following Monday and said "I got a new pair of jeans, I had to take the Macaroni to Thanksgiving, I don't know thought that was a good idea, but I didn't want to wash a dish so I put it in one of those foil pans, the pan leaked in my daughter's oven,  it caught on fire.  My daughter picked up the fire with a spatula and dropped it on the kitchen floor.  I peed my pants and then she gave me these jeans.  I'm going to have to hem them"   

That was Nancy, a big run on sentence funny story... every. single. day.

Nov 03, 2019 12:21 PM #24
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Sheila Anderson I have had so many tears and honestly it's a second reason I'm not here in the rain as much over the last year and half.  Nancy spent much of 2018 and all of 2019 not living her best life and being in out of the hospital.  She had a couple of surgeries, lots of treatment and I was being a new grandma, running an office and taking care of all of Nancy's business for her.  I literally listed homes for her and still paid her when past clients called her.  And I wouldn't change a thing.  My sadness will become less, but she will always be with me.

Nov 03, 2019 12:25 PM #25
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Lyn Sims I've closed down the office for several funerals now.  The three agents that worked for me at the time they passed and my former broker and his wife.  It might not be the way it is here in a big office with hundreds of agents, but there are 9.... now 8 of us and we're like a big family.   There's one male agent that when clients watch the antics between Joe and I they generally assume we're married.  We always answer the question with "work husband or work wife" because we spend so much time together.  

Nov 03, 2019 12:28 PM #26
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Sheila Anderson
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Oh Tammy. I get it and I understand. You are a good person and all I can say through more tears is how lucky you were to have Nancy in your life for so many years. Big hugs.........

Nov 03, 2019 12:52 PM #27
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Hi Tammy:

What a wonderful heartfelt tribute to someone you cared about a great deal! I'm so sorry for your loss but her memory will live on and bring your comfort.

Jeff

Nov 03, 2019 07:35 PM #28
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Tom Bailey
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Tammy, I worked for many years in my family's Mack Truck dealership. I ran itthe last 15 years we owned it. We lost a number of folks that had worked there since I was a child. It is never easy!

Nov 04, 2019 11:35 PM #29
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Tammy what a touching story. Now you have to fill her shoes and mentor others.

Nov 05, 2019 07:52 AM #30
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Tammy Lankford, I am certain the redbird was her signal to you that she's OK. Hugs. Lynn

Nov 05, 2019 06:04 PM #31
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Margaret Mitchell
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What a wonderful tribute to Nancy and how blessed you were to have her in your life.

Nov 06, 2019 03:09 AM #32
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Robert Hicks
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So very sweet... You are Blessed and so was she. Life is good. Enjoy every moment.. 

Nov 06, 2019 02:38 PM #33
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