Dear TarValon.Net Family,
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the news that Tricia Erickson, know to us as Padra Sedai of the Blue Ajah, passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon.
Padra had been battling an incredibly aggressive form of breast cancer over the past year and a half. She fought it with incredible strength, and with the sheer positive strength of will that she brought to everything and everyone in her life.
For those of us who have known her these many years, words cannot express the loss we feel.
In all the world, she is one of the cherished few who I could honestly say had not one bad bone in her body. Never a mean or judgmental moment. All I remember is laughter, support, a bright smile, eyes that twinkled, a sympathetic listener, and a woman who put everyone before herself. I am infinitely and selfishly sad for having lost her. For those of you who did not get to meet her, I am sad for you because you missed crossing paths with one of the most loving women you could have ever met.
Padra was working towards a recovery, and recently underwent reconstructive surgery on her breast. About a week or so ago, she found herself getting very weak. A week ago they found that it had metastasized in her brain and bones. She was admitted to Hospice yesterday morning, and passed away shortly later. It was very quick, and we're told she went peacefully, surrounded by family and firm in the knowledge that her friends were thinking of her.
I'll post more about Padra, and her place in this community shortly. And when I have information on the memorial service, I will post that as well. We will honor Padra with a period of mourning on the site, as well as with a forum where we can share photos, stories and happy memories. Those of us who can attend the memorial service will try to get together before or after to hold an informal wake.
Padra was exceptionally strong in her faith, and always wished those who had passed away a "Happy Home-going!"
Happy home-going, Tricia.
I love you so much. I wish I could have had you with us longer. I hope today brings you only love and eternal bliss.