Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Goodbye Lari-Lane

I walked into my office to not one, but two heart breaks this morning. The husband of one of our officers passed away from lung cancer last night. It all happened so fast that I'm certain that my friend and co-worker must be completely distraught. I'm still stunned. May Tim rest in peace.

The next shock that sent me reeling was several face book messages, thank you everyone, notifying me of a dear friend's passing. Lari-Lane Payne, retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant, Mother, Sister, amazing and phenomenal woman and friend.

I am surely a better woman myself for having known you and I am deeply, deeply saddened by the world's loss today. You were always a great friend to me - especially during this last year when I myself fought this battle. You didn't tell me your cancer was back even all the while when you were donating to my charities....and I was on your list of causes on FB...go figure - just goes to show the kind of woman you have always been. I have many stories to tell the kids and grandchildren, and one day, I hope they ask me, because I will make them smile and laugh. Remember when I took off my rank and walked out? You took me by the hand and said "Hey, go take care of your son and come back, everything will be fine." And it was.

I will miss you so my friend. May your soul rest in hands of Jesus Christ...Today, my tears fall for you, but I know in my heart that you are in a wonderful place. One day, we will meet again and until then via condios.....


  1. Thank you so much for all of the kind and lovely words about my sister Lari-Lane. What a wonderful surprise to find your comments posted, she will truely be missed

    1. Was this Lari the same woman that was the Boom Boom girl on the Tom Duggan show in 1958- 1960? I was a teenager then and she befriended me. She was so very kind. I remember her sharing her real name with me.

  2. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. This was so sudden and tragic. I did go back and read her posts - she had just found on 8/13? I cannot imagine what happened in those 3 short weeks. I hope one day, you will visit again, and tell me. Thank you so much for leaving me a message.