I am deeply saddened to tell you about yet another death near us, the death of Lila Paslay, the mother of two of my dearest friends in the world. She was a terrific secondary teacher, then counselor at the high school and later Executive Director of the Topeka Association for Retarded Citizens. As with all good people, as impressive as the list may become, the litany of accomplishment is never the full story of their humanity.
When I would go to her house in Topeka while sharing a house with her son, Randy, she would light up and throw together a magnificent meal as though there was nothing to it. We would eat and talk and share. She was highly intelligent, full of social grace while being totally genuine.
Last week, she was the picture of health. Last weekend, she fell and broke her hip. Then, yesterday, she had an aneurism and died.
Lila, you will be truly missed.