I’m deeply saddened to say my Mom, Margaret Walitalo passed away from her battle with cancer. Mom passed away on December 1st, at 1:30 am at her home.
I first learned of the news back in March right before we went to the WPPI convention in Las Vegas. It was hard to feel excited about going to the conference. I remember as I was walking through the trade show and feeling like I wasn’t into all the excitement of the conference and being there; when the first friendly face I ran into was Missy; now married to Gary Fong. I never had the pleasure of meeting Missy in person before; only through our blog. Missy didn’t hesitate to try to make me feel better. She gave me a big hug and asked me to join her in going to see the the next speaker. To my surprise, it was the same one I was going to see. Bob Davis . It was great; she introduced me to a bunch of her close friends; including Jessica Strickland . It helped to get my mind off of things and smile again. Thank you Missy for being such a dear friend. You were there when I truly needed a friend. I’ll never forget that. We are planning our trip to the upcoming WPPI convention again and this time we won’t be traveling to Arizona first to see Mom before we head to Las Vegas. It just won’t be the same. Here is a link to Mom’s pictures and celebration of her life.