ARLENE PEARLMAN, OUR FOUNDER AND LEADER: Mother, grandmother, friend; to see or hear of injustice or inequality meant Arlene would take action against it. She was invincible, she was tenacious, she cared deeply.
BETTY AUSTIN FOUNDER AND LEADER OF THE WIN BOOKCLUB: A member of WIN from its beginning, teacher, mother, grandmother, friend, world traveler, botanist, booklover, lover of dogs and birds and all the creatures and flora of the great outdoors. Betty lit up the world with her smile .
PEG WALTERS: Member of WIN from its beginning, lover of family, her many friends, gardens, hats, and world travel; an active volunteer for many local causes, more than can be listed here.
BARBARA TEVES: Teacher, mother, grandmother, member of the peace corps in the Philippines where she adopted her children, book lover, and caring friend.
HELEN E. LAUGHLIN: A long-time WIN member and a regular at Common Tables. She was an educator and social worker. She had a deep love for her family and her many friends. She kept up with them through regular phone calls, emails, cards for every occasion, and texts with lots of emojis. Helen was truly a person for whom a stranger was a friend she had not yet met.
Helen was always graceful and elegant. She was vibrant, alive, and just a little offbeat. Helen usually dressed in black with just a splash of teal and fuchsia, wearing her signature pendants and scarves with panache. She spoke softly and gently, and sometimes quite emphatically.
Helen was always curious, open, and engaged with the world around her. She read widely and followed the news closely. She had a fundamentally sunny, optimistic disposition and a deep Christian faith and believed that she could contribute to making the world a better place. And so she did, through her work, through social action, and through loving and supporting so many in her long and beautiful life.