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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

From: Ann M.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:31 PM

Cookie Davis Radford was the very first person to join the Need a Dance Partner MeetUp Group in March of 2010.  We met at the Electric Cowboy one night and became fast friends while sitting at a table talking about the lack of males to dance with.   She was full of life, had a great sense of adventure and a warm smile.  I was so saddened on Saturday afternoon when a friend sent me a text message that Cookie had died.  I'm still in shock, I'm still a bit teary eyed thinking about the sudden loss of a great friend.  I knew that I couldn't let the passing of this wonderful person go without saying a few things about her.

People join and leave the MeetUp group every day, but this is the first time we have lost a member through death.  Cookie found a life partner in Charlie, and didn't dance with us like the old days.  Life changes, and moves forward and her interests went in another direction.  I did keep in touch with her through Facebook and continued to see her adventures with her sisters, her grandchildren and of course with Charlie.  The last time I saw her was at Ozona's, we both just happened to be there at the same time for a late lunch.  Of course, she had her camera out and took a photo.

There are lots and lots of photos on the MeetUp site posted by Cookie.  That woman had her camera out and was gathering all of us up to take photos whenever there was a break from the dance floor.  I whined...grumbled a bit but now realize that she was capturing snapshots of my life, my friends, my fun and of this group from the very start.  While sorting through the photos of Cookie that are posted on the Meet Up site I came across this one that made me smile...and just seemed to capture the essence of this terrific lady.

 

There was a private ceremony for the family, and I hear there are plans in the works for a happy hour to celebrate Cookie.  I will post that event to the MeetUp calendar as soon as I have more information.

I'll leave you with one final thought...

"Life's too short not to tell someone how you feel about them.  Tomorrow is not promised, everyday is a gift..."

Me? I'm going to hug the stuffin' out of each and every day.  We'll miss you Cookie...

 

Ann

 

 

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