But anyone who knew would never have known, because in gracious Stacy style, the acts of kindness continued and the smile never faded.
Despite the cancer, Stacy joyfully lived every minute of what was left of her life with unbridled passion. She took care of her children, tended to her husband, taught her students, attended swim meets, spoke kind words, gave hugs, and sent notes of encouragement.
Just last June, Stacy was the guest commencement speaker for the Frankfort High School Class of 2013.
She asked the graduates to hug and shake hands with one another, adding that it could be the last time many of them see one another.
“Before you part today, tell your classmates how much they are appreciated, apologize if you need to, and forgive,” Baugh told the students. “I urge you to not waste a day or week of your life. Go out and make the world a better place. Be the change you want to see. Inspire us.”
And with that, the image reappears in my mind once again. And for a moment, I am back in that sweltering hallway listening to that sweet voice and sipping that cold cup of lemonade.
Go out and make the world a better place, she said.
Be the change you want to see!
Alvia Lewis Frey is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com.