“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been,
accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
- William Shakespeare
I spent the afternoon going through boxes of old photos taken while I was a reporter, looking for pictures of Jean. In the nine years I did that job (first with my own paper, then with the Interlake Spectator) I wrote about her a number of times, features that told the story of a determined entrepreneur with a kind spirit and generous heart. Over the years our friendship grew and she became a quiet mentor, someone I looked to for perspective and encouragement.
Jean believed in me.
And I expect those same words rest in the hearts of everyone who knew her well.