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9.13.2006

grace and peace

Ann Richards passed away this evening. She was a role model and a hero for thousands of smart Texas girls. She fought for what she believed in and kept working for Texas after leaving office. She was also a role model for Baylor alumnae - like herself - who wanted more from life than what Texas expects from Baylor girls.

She was also a quintessential Texas woman in that she said what she thought - usually in hilarious fashion. Concerning our current president's father, she once said, "Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth." Jokes aside, she sometimes spoke profoundly:

"They blame the low income women for ruining the country because they are staying home with their children and not going out to work. They blame the middle income women for ruining the country because they go out to work and do not stay home to take care of their children."

My sister got to meet Ann Richards and get a picture made a couple of years ago. I'll be forever jealous of that snapshot, grateful that Texas got to have a governor like Ann, and so, so sorry, because we will not see the likes of her again.

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