Aug 152009
 

It seems like every time I turn around, we get news of the passing of someone else we know. I guess that’s what happens as we get older.

Unfortunately, we lost another dear friend yesterday, when Lue Reed passed away in California. We first met Lue over ten years ago in our first month on the road, when we attended Life on Wheels in Moscow, Idaho as students. Lue’s husband Dick Reed, is the founder of the RV Driving School, and we just seemed to click with both of them. Even then Lue was fighting a battle with Alzheimer’s, and though she didn’t always remember our names, she always knew Miss Terry by her pretty long hair.  

Lue was one of those sweet people who never had a bad word to say about anybody, and even if you had never met before, the first time she laid eyes on you, you were friends. I will always remember her gentleness and the smile that never left her face. Rest in peace, dear friend.

For a guy who makes his living with words, I never seem to know the right thing to say to someone at times like this, but Dick, there are a lot of us out here who care about you and share your loss. I hope you can feel all of our arms around you, surrounding you with love.

I spent yesterday doing the same thing I’ll be doing today and tomorrow, working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal to get it ready to take to the printer next week. I think the months are getting shorter, because it seems like I was doing this just a couple of weeks ago.

I may escape from the computer for an hour or two and drive out to Shipshewana to go to a gun show today, and Dennis and Carol Hill, who bought the RV Driving School from Dick Reed a couple of years ago, are due in sometime tomorrow too. They spent most of the summer in Alaska, and Dennis e-mailed me to say they had a hot grill and a big piece of halibut with my name on it, so Sunday I’ll have to drag myself away from my desk again for a cookout. Yeah, I know, it sucks to be me.

Thought For The Day – Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

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Nick Russell

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  7 Responses to “We Lose Another Friend”

  1. Nick,

    Having never met Lue Reed, I’d say you did a fine job describing her. She must have been a very lovely person.

  2. Nick,

    Anytime someone invites you to feast on Halibut from Alaska, you should drop anything you are doing and GO.

  3. For someone that never knows the right thing to say, you did a mighty fine job! I have never met the Reed’s, but I heard a lot about them and been the same places they were several times. Sorry to hear of the loss.

  4. Nick, You do have a way with words. Nicely said. She has passed on ( I really believe she has moved from here to there). The sorrow is for us who remain. We miss the ones we love when they are no longer with us. And it is hard to sometimes express your feelings of sorrow. We, too, just lost a friend from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s never easy on anyone.
    Enjoy the fish. Properly cooked, it’s yummy!!!! From Welcome, Minnesota. Connie B. PS I love the Shipshewanna flea market!!!!!!!

  5. NIck, sorry for your loss. I lost my mother on the 6th of Aug. Your thought for the day really hit home today…and the comments have really helped me.

  6. We were sorry to hear of Lue’s passing. We first met her when we stayed on the Reed’s lot in the Yuma Foothills a few years ago. (Dennis and Carol Hill and another couple of SKPs were also staying there.) We got to know the Reeds better at a couple of Auburn Elks “Taco Tuesday” dinners. The last time we saw them was at an RVers dinner we held at our house in Cool last December. Dick’s care and attention to Lue was truly loveable.
    — Judy and Luke Rinehimer

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