She never understood addiction, even though she married two alcoholics and suffered for years through my heroin addiction and prison terms.
Regardless, she was a loving and supporting friend who prayed for me to change. She had faith in me. And those prayers must have worked - based on my life of recovery today. A life that started nearly 26 years ago.
What I learned from her - and always will remember - is the profound impact our disease has upon those around us. Our pain affects them also.