In the face of terminal illness and a prognosis that gave almost no hope for survival, she has demonstrated (to all who have had the opportunity to be around her) hope in the future, and incredible courage and perseverance during the surgery, chemo and seemingly endless medical procedures and tests. Never once did she complain, or feel sorry for herself and constantly assured everyone that she felt good and was going to be fine. She's made a difference in the lives of her family and friends by living her faith and taking one day at a time with great humor and refusing to despair. Her loyalty and concern for others has won her many life-long friendships. And as a high school teacher for many years she is greatly admired by colleagues and loved by her students. She has made a positive impact on the community by raising three fine children and 100s of students who can attest to the importance of living a life of honesty and integrity while serving others.