Some people make the world brighter just by being in it. My grandmother, Mary Cape Banks Smith, was one of those people. Thirty years ago, after the sudden and unexpected death of her beloved husband, my grandmother “Capie” commandeered an office and a phone line at her church and started a hospice care network in Beckley, West Virginia.
This past weekend, Capie had the great privilege of spending her last days in the place she helped build, Bower’s Hospice House, cared for by a team of angels, and surrounded by her family. Her Hallelujah Day, as she called it, was filled with lots of love, limericks and laughter.
Capie is gone, but she wouldn’t want us to think of this world as a dimmer place without her in it. Her light shines on in our memories and in her legacy: she also helped found the Beckley YMCA and Women’s Resource Center. She was such a force in all our lives; she will always be loved, missed and remembered. May we all live and pass on as well as dear Capie.