We just got the call from the Hospice folks. She's gone.
There's no way I want to remember her the way she was the last few weeks, so here's a shot from the mid-90s, when she was active in the local Muscogee Creek community. Chief Bobby Johns Bearheart named her "Eyes That Shine."
She made the jacket herself, if I remember right. She used to do presentations at schools, college classrooms, anywhere she could tell her stories. She certainly earned her name. Her eyes never shone brighter and she was never happier than when she was interacting with students or visitors full of questions.
She had to put it on the back burner to care for my stepfather as he wasted away from Alzheimer's, only to suffer the same fate.
She was a steely-eyed badass, a force of nature, and a damn fine woman who had one hell of a good ride even with bumpy roads.