We lost someone who exmplified how to create a successful life. Someone whom I looked up to a great deal. She was a wonderful lady who will be remembered for a great many things: her grace and gumption, ability to inspire others, and her infectious enthusiasm for everything literary.
I have said many times that I wanted to grow up and be just like Ms. Effie Lee Morris some day. Her boundless energy and all her commitments made me dizzy. She never failed to make you feel like the conversation she was having with you was the most important one going on in the room. After only minutes in her company, this legendary librarian, encouraged generations to learn a new version of the alphabet. Starting with A for attitude, B for books (of course) and C for compassion and caring…
This picture was taken at a Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter (WNBA-SF) fundraiser in 2007 when I was serving as the WNBA-SF president. Ms. Morris founded WNBA-SF in 1968 at the request of WNBA National organization. She never waivered in her dedication to the group and the individuals involved. She was very generous with her compliments and encouragement.
We’re going to miss her, but she’s defintely made her mark on everyone in her path. And we’re all the better for the experience.