Monday, June 29, 2009

We'll miss you Alice...

I fought back tears during the newscast today, as we all mourn the loss of our dear friend Alice Morrin. Alice had a gift. She could bring happiness into people’s lives. Her warmth and sincerity will not be forgotten.

I learned so much from Alice. As our friendship grew, she and her family welcomed me into their home for Thanksgiving. She has the most loving family, who loved Alice dearly. Marilyn, her mother, with her disposable camera, was the sweetest lady I had ever met. Walter, her father, was a firecracker with a quick wit. Now, I see where Alice gets it.

She was never short of laughter or love. Alice taught me that a sense of humor is a valuable asset. Laugh at yourself. Laugh with others. Laugh often.

It was evident in the way she lived her life that she believed a little encouragement went a long way. And it did! Maybe it's only a few words or a small act of kindness, but that small effort can really encourage another person.

Alice got outside every day, whether it was with her kids or riding her bike. She knew miracles were waiting. She knew each new day was a gift from God, and how she lived her life was her gift to him.

She taught me that you can’t control things that happen to you in life, but you can control how you react to what happens to you in life.

With my short time on earth with Alice, as our friendship grew, I learned that the people you care about most in life are taken from you much too soon. So I’ve learned you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

Alice Morrin was rich with every trait we admire in people. To those who knew her, she leaves behind a space, a presence that can never be filled. There will be less love, less laughter, and less joy.

Her death is beyond tragic. Our loss is unspeakably profound, but her shortened life is nothing short of love and happiness. Ask anyone who knew her. She touched all of our lives. We are all better people because of Alice Morrin. She was not only my colleague, but also my dear friend. She touched everyone here at FOX 61.

Alice will live on in the family that she raised, the friends that she loved, and the wonderful memories that she leaves behind.

I hope and pray that you remember this amazing woman’s life, the genuine warmth she brought to all of us. If we can do that, the darkness of her passing will be overshadowed with the joy and light that was Alice Morrin.