I have been many places, and known many people ... I have held very few of those people in such high regard as I did Anne Buress. Over the years, as I came to know her better, my regard - and my love - for Mrs. Buress never stopped growing.
Hers was a long and remarkable life ... and not always an easy life. It was one that knew more than its share of difficulties, even dangers. Yet she came through it all in what I see as a genuine triumph of the spirit and the soul. For all the harshness and drepivation she had known through her youth, she was one of the kindest, most generous and giving people I have ever known. Her greatest gift to me was giving away her daughter's hand in marriage.
Earlier this week, our prayers that Mrs. Buress might find healing and wholeness were answered, and she passed on to where she "will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."