Marie Roby died of a apparent heart attack on May 2, 2009. She was 55. Marie was my oldest and closest friend. I did this video tribute of her for her husband Kirk that was shown at Marie's funeral. Marie was a keystone in many lives. You could tell Marie something and know it would never get retold. She was the only person who I let read all my journals.
She accepted and loved people for who they were. She was a friend you could depend on. She was a safe harbor in a storm. She was selfless, loving and kind. She was stoic and strong but soft and tender hearted. She had an inner beauty that radiated. I have never known anybody who did not like Marie. She was the kind of person people would call and talk to for hours about the troubles in their lives. I know I did. Yet, she seldom would complain about troubles in her life.
Marie's sudden death is a sadness I have still not gotten over. Marie is a dear friend and is part of who I am. Marie and Candy were dear friends. Marie and Kirk were the first people I called after I learned of Candy's death. I like to think Marie and Candy are together in heaven. They are waiting for me to join them, all of us as just friends now. We will have a lot of great stories to tell.