A Tribute to Billie Mahaffey
(October 7, 1939 -
April 25, 2003)
In November 2002, as a part of her Thanksgiving message to all of us here
on the COPD-International lists, Billie Mahaffey said:
"Thanks to everyone who left footprints in my life, I have much to be
thankful for. You are all in my prayers!!! Take Good Care"
On April 25, 2003 ,in the early morning hours, she peacefully left her
final footprints here on earth. Billie's list of accomplishments over her
years are impressive: ranging from a district manager with 198
representatives under her, to Construction Contract Administrator where
she was Builder of the Year, in Santa Clara County, CA. in l988.
As one of the Founders of COPD-International, our Treasurer and our
Exercise Forum leader she showed such a deep desire to help others,
combined with a very cheerful and enthusiastic outlook on life, and the
ability to guide us through tough times. She was the driving force behind
the exercise forum and weekly exercise chats - an area that she developed
based on her own experiences after a serious prior illness.
Using Billie's own words, "We have so much to be thankful for" Yes
we all do. She certainly left footprints on our lives, as she encouraged
us all to exercise.
Even greater though, are the footprints she left on our hearts and minds,
which are immeasurable and will be with us forever.
Her work will live on, carried on by others who have been touched by her
kindness, cheer and enthusiasm.