When asked to provide biographical info, Mary’s first sentence typically is, “I’m a mom.” To say that Aaron was and is important to her is an understatement. She considers him her foremost gift and trusts that in providing his and her story to readers, they too will receive a gift.

Mary grew up in a small midwestern town and enjoyed an active outdoor life during an era when life was slower and simpler. A self-described lifelong learner, Mary was encour‐ aged and unrestricted by her parents to read anything and everything that interested her. Her love for words, language, and stories persists to this day.

After college, Mary spent 41 years in financial services, where she held roles in sales, leadership, and as an executive leading Learning & Development teams for Fortune 500 firms. She has a BA in Psychology and has recently graduated with highest honors from the Funeral Director’s program at Fayetteville Technical Community College. She is on schedule to complete her resident trainee program in the Fall of 2023, at which time she will become a licensed North Carolina Funeral Director.

Mary lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her husband and their four horses, three dogs, four cats, and two fish. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, gardening, water skiing, sketching, writing, and horseback riding.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Aaron as the co-author of this work. It’s not just my story—it’s his as well.

In his brief life, Aaron was a friend to all he met. He treated everyone with dignity and respect—and expected the same in return. Aaron had a sharp sense of humor and loved to have fun with his friends and his family. His dog, Sam, pictured below, was his pride and joy. She was devoted to him, and she has remained devoted to me all these years since Aaron left our time.

3/20/1990 – 5/31/2010


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