The annual ceremony over which she would preside began with a processional of the entire student body; girls in veils and white dresses, boys in suit and tie.
She had the honor to place the crown of flowers on the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which had been transferred from the church to the outdoor ceremony. It never seemed to rain.
There were hymns and prayers to learn, some in Latin. We carried flowers and rosary beads. Parents looked on with pride and tears; photos were discouraged at an event deemed sacred.
She was a young leader in that community; taller than her peers, but standing out for so many other reasons. She tutored struggling students and helped with Sunday school instruction.
She gave her time, energy and love to the church and the school she so loved for 8 years.
Like most of us, she was to stray from her Catholicism, but remained steadfast in her faith.
Her kind and loving spirit was to survive her many life challenges.
We lost her in 2012 after a twenty year battle with MS, Multiple Sclerosis. Her husband followed her 2 weeks later, leaving 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, and so many grieving friends and family.
“It seems, the good, they die young”.
I think of her often, especially during this month of May.
Bless you, baby sister, you live on in our hearts and our memory.
Our very own May Queen.