Colleen Blanchard Schuler, RIP
Dave eulogizes her in brief, moving fashion:
I have lost my oldest friend, my first teacher, and my most inspirational life model. My mother has died at 88.
One of my core beliefs is that the best way to preserve someone you love who has died in your heart is to do the things that person would have wanted to do. From this day forward I hope that, in addition to seeing, hearing, loving, and acting for myself, I will see with my mother’s eyes, hear with her ears, love with her heart, and act with her courage and joy.
It’s a tall order. She was and for me will always remain a great human being, one of the very best I have ever known.
May she rest in peace.
Photo from Mrs. Schuler’s appearance on NPR’s wonderful StoryCorps program, talking with her eldest daughter (and Dave’s sister). Dave has the audio archived here.