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Date: Thu Nov 16 2000 - 22:07:49 PST


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Artsednetters, this is way "off topic," so please delete if you want, =
but something has shaken me so deeply that I'm seeking the collective =
kindness, support, and prayers of this list.

In '92 when I first started working at an elementary school, I met a =
rather incredible parent volunteer named Debbie. In the 7 years that I =
was there, I had two of her children as students, and also knew her =
older son. =20

I'm sure all of you know a "Debbie"--someone who has the ability to =
always make you laugh, someone who tirelessly volunteers her time to do =
whatever needs to be done in a school--from helping to prepare materials =
for kindergarten classrooms, to working with small groups of students, =
to coordinating fundraising events, etc. Cheerful, upbeat, and just =
downright FUNNY, she was the stabilizing force in her kids' lives when =
her husband left her a few years ago, and a devoted daughter who helped =
care for her aging parents who are both in very poor health. =20

I saw Debbie each week when she came in to volunteer, and we also talked =
a lot during the time she was going through the divorce (as she knew I =
was also a single parent--she was so concerned about money and the =
impact that all of this would have on her children). After I left the =
elementary school I only saw her every now and then, and I last saw her =
this past spring or summer when she said that things were still very =
ugly and difficult regarding the divorce and its complications. (This =
was an upper class situation, beautiful house, ex-husband a doctor, =
etc.) One of my current students went to Debbie's 8th grade son's =
birthday party this past Sunday....

This week, someone (and most of us who knew her situation are pretty =
sure who that "someone" is...especially since her ex-husband can't be =
found--though we may never know "why") entered her home and viciously =
beat her. Her children were at school at the time, and a neighbor called =
911 when he heard her screaming "Don't hit me!" By the time police =
arrived, no one else was in the house, and she was already near death. =
She died later at the hospital of massive head injuries. =20

This woman--someone just like the "Debbie" that you know--someone to =
whom things like this just "don't happen"--was murdered.

I remember both Debbie and her husband coming into a kindergarten class =
one December to decorate cookies (by painting them with food coloring =
and sweetened condensed milk).... =20

I remember how proud her daughter was at age 5 at being able to do =
"color magic" by mixing paint... =20

I remember this unstoppable bundle of energy who was always there =
whenever anything needed to be done...

I can't imagine how her children (now a senior & 8th grader--boys--and =
6th grade daughter) will ever, ever recover from this--or how Debbie's =
parents (who now have custody) will cope. I know that the schools and =
teachers and countless others in the community are poised to offer =
assistance in any way possible, but nothing has been formally organized =
yet, as the family struggles to make such unthinkable things as funeral =
arrangements and the police continue their investigation.

Even though you don't know them, please keep these children and Debbie's =
parents in your thoughts and prayers. They're going to need every ounce =
of support that the world and the heavens have to offer.=20

Thank you.

Sharon
WEBSITE: http://www.bigfoot.com/~artrageous
Featuring art and art lesson plans, examples of my
artwork, genealogy resources, information about=20
contra dancing and Celtic music--and more!
EMAIL: artrageous@bigfoot.com
AIM: SKBK56, ArtrageousSBK, & others

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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Artsednetters, this is way "off topic," =
so please=20
delete if you want, but something has shaken me so deeply that I'm =
seeking the=20
collective kindness, support, and prayers of this list.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>In '92 when I first started working =
at&nbsp;an=20
elementary school, I met a rather incredible parent volunteer named=20
Debbie.&nbsp; In the 7 years that I was there, I had two of her children =
as=20
students, and also knew her older son.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I'm sure all of you know a =
"Debbie"--someone who=20
has the ability to always make you laugh, someone who tirelessly =
volunteers her=20
time to do whatever needs to be done in a school--from helping to =
prepare=20
materials&nbsp;for kindergarten classrooms, to working with small groups =
of=20
students, to coordinating fundraising events, etc.&nbsp; Cheerful, =
upbeat, and=20
just downright FUNNY, she was the stabilizing force in her kids' lives =
when her=20
husband left her a few years ago, and&nbsp;a&nbsp;devoted daughter who =
helped=20
care for her aging parents who are both in very poor health.&nbsp; =
</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I saw&nbsp;Debbie each week when she =
came in to=20
volunteer, and we also talked a lot&nbsp;during the time she was going =
through=20
the divorce (as she knew I was also a single parent--she was so =
concerned about=20
money and the impact that all of this would have on her children).&nbsp; =
After I=20
left the elementary school I only saw her every now and then, and I last =
saw her=20
this past spring or summer when she said that things were still very =
ugly and=20
difficult regarding the divorce and its complications.&nbsp; (This was =
an upper=20
class situation, beautiful house, ex-husband a doctor, etc.)&nbsp; One =
of my=20
current students went to Debbie's 8th grade son's birthday party this =
past=20
Sunday....</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>This week, someone (and most of us who =
knew her=20
situation are pretty sure who that "someone" is...especially since her=20
ex-husband can't be found--though we may never know "why") entered her =
home and=20
viciously&nbsp;beat her. Her children were at school at the time, and a =
neighbor=20
called 911 when he heard her screaming "Don't hit me!"&nbsp; By the time =
police=20
arrived, no one else was in the house, and she was already near =
death.&nbsp; She=20
died later at the hospital of massive head injuries.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>This woman--someone just like the =
"Debbie" that=20
you&nbsp; know--someone to whom things like this just "don't =
happen"--was=20
murdered.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I remember both Debbie and her husband =
coming into=20
a kindergarten class one December to decorate cookies (by painting them =
with=20
food coloring and sweetened condensed milk)....&nbsp; </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I remember how proud her daughter was =
at age=20
5&nbsp;at being able to do "color magic" by mixing paint...&nbsp; =
</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I remember this unstoppable bundle of =
energy who=20
was always there whenever anything needed to be done...</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I can't imagine how her children (now a =
senior=20
&amp; 8th grader--boys--and 6th grade daughter) will ever, ever recover =
from=20
this--or how Debbie's parents (who now have custody) will cope.&nbsp; I =
know=20
that the schools and teachers and countless others in the community are =
poised=20
to offer assistance in any way possible, but nothing has been formally =
organized=20
yet, as the family struggles to make such unthinkable things as funeral=20
arrangements and the police continue their investigation.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Even though you don't know them, please =
keep these=20
children and Debbie's parents in your thoughts and prayers.&nbsp; =
They're going=20
to need every ounce of support that the world and the heavens have to=20
offer.&nbsp;</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Thank you.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><BR>Sharon<BR>WEBSITE: <A=20
href=3D"http://www.bigfoot.com/~artrageous">http://www.bigfoot.com/~artra=
geous</A><BR>Featuring=20
art and art lesson plans, examples of my<BR>artwork, genealogy =
resources,=20
information about <BR>contra dancing and Celtic music--and =
more!<BR>EMAIL: <A=20
href=3D"mailto:artrageous@bigfoot.com">artrageous@bigfoot.com</A><BR>AIM:=
SKBK56,=20
ArtrageousSBK, &amp; others</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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