It's hard to believe we have been friends for 48 years. I've been thinking a lot about you lately and how much you have meant to so many people through the years. I guess I love you like a sister and you have bugged me once or twice like a sister but you are still one of my life time heroes. Let me tell you why. You have always been where the action is happening. Back in our school days and all through your life you have been planning, helping, organizing, and uplifting others. In my book of life, you are a very caring person who is loved because you have made a difference in other people's lives. I remember you said in our Milo Annual that you wanted to be a Child Physiologist and you certainly have been. Your caring love for children through the years has helped shape many lives for heaven and we have witnessed how gentle and loving you are with children.
You have also made a difference in many students' lives for Milo, both in raising money and making the Alumni Association successful. Your work was unprecedented and has been greatly missed.
Kathy and I are sorry we can't be with you this weekend with some of our classmates, but just know that we love you and are praying for you and your family. I'm so thankful for all your diligent work on our Milo reunions through the years and suspect that you will be getting our group together again for the big reunion in heaven that could be coming sooner rather than later. The best part about that reunion is we won't have to say good-by ever again.
Harvey Corwin - Class of 62'
I am sorry that the cancer has returned with vengeance.
I received some photos of the Celebration of Life program that a number of your friends attended at your church in Grants Pass a few weeks ago. You had a nice turn out and a wonderful time for many to share how positive of an impact you have had on their lives. I have often thought: what do people do that do not have friends that gather around them in times like this...it must be especially lonely for them. You have always had lots of friends because you are a friendly and nice person.
When I reflect back and recall my friend, Kay Campbell Dickey I think of the following: she always had a warm smile, not a phony smile, but a genuine smile. She had a sense of humor, important in life, because we all have moments when we have to laugh at situations. She is the personification of Milo Academy, always working to enhance the school, bringing people together to enjoy their return visit back to the school and being the best Public Relations person that the Academy has ever had...I was sad when they cut you loose...I wrote a letter to the conference when they did, sharing my thoughts on the mistake they had made.
A lot of people do not have the opportunity to share with loved ones their thoughts and feelings prior to their premature departure. Life just doesn't seem fair under the circumstances, you're so young, and have a young family. And yet we know that life isn't fair, we cannot control at times the inevitable and must accept it, and be thankful for the time we had. It is so difficult to accept, though. My vision becomes blurry and I wonder why...God could heal you instantly or slowly over a matter of time, but it appears He is letting the disease run its full course...why, I do not know, He is God and that is why He is God; from our perspective it seems so unfair...but some day we will all understand.
I am told your faith is strong. What a blessing. Knowing that when the time comes, your next moment is knowing your Savior. Like the night of sleep that passes so quickly, the Hope that we all long for will come and eternity will usher you into His presence. No pain, no tears, just our Lord and Savior for ever. And please remember this, when we are in heaven together, and I haven't seen you for 5,000 years, don't panic, I still love you, its just that I could be off visiting Moses or Noah asking them a lot of questions that I have. And besides, we have eternity together.
In the mean time, I am praying that our God sustains you with peace and comfort, both for you and your family during this difficult time.
I will always remember my friend Kay, with fond memories.
With lots of love,
Mike Watt "64"
I can't really remember the very first time I met you, but I know it was early on in our freshman year. I think it was pretty easy to recognize that I was extremely homesick, and you took me under your wing to comfort me. Our friendship grew during our four years at Milo. You were a wonderful role model for all of us, and you always seemed to be there for me when I needed someone. We had such fun. If I remember correctly we did our share of short-sheeting beds and putting cups of water above doors. We also helped each other "pass notes" to the guys. We worked together on girls club and class projects. You always gave everything your all ! It was always a pleasure to be in your presence because you ALWAYS had a wonderfully positive attitude. Somewhere in all of this, I learned that you had to inherit that positiveness from your mom and dad. They were such delightful people.
Kay, I feel so honored to be one of your friends. Your example, so many years ago, has helped me to be a better person. You are such a very special person. I absolutely cannot think about Milo without you popping into my mind. The two go together. I want to thank you again for all the work you put into our alumni weekends. Those weekends are truly the most fun times of my life ! As I wrote a few weeks ago, I long for those alumni reunions in heaven, where the fun will NEVER stop. I love you Kay, and I want to thank you for being part of my life.
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