[nFBMI-Talk] Linda Bloodsaw

Rachel Pavone rachelpavone at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 29 16:33:46 UTC 2018

dear Mike, 
I am so sorry to hear this news. Even though I never met her I have heard a lot about her and she sounds like a nice lady. I know that she will be missed in the detroit chapter but also as a part of the federation. 
Rachel Pavone 

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> On Dec 28, 2018, at 11:57 PM, Michael Powell via NFBMI-Talk <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Dear Federation Family.
> I am very sorry to have to report to you that Linda Bloodsaw, immediate past
> secretary of the NFB of Michigan, died this evening.  As you may know, since
> June of this year she had been dealing with an illness that greatly limited
> her ability to move on her own and communicate.  She was, however, aware of
> people when they were around her and she could understand what was being
> said to her.  She even began to text and communicate using the Iphone.
> Around the first part of December I heard that she was losing her hearing
> and her remaining faculties seemed to be failing.  John Scott told me that
> when he visited her this week she was aware of his presence and smiled at
> him.  So it took John by surprise when he was informed of her passing.  
> Linda was one of the most resourceful people I have met in a long time.
> Though she was relatively new to blindness it did not stop her from using
> her computer skills to research matters and learn all she could about
> blindness and blind people.      Some of you may remember that she began
> addressing inquiries on this list serve and offering solutions complete with
> references long before she even attended her first Detroit chapter meeting.
> Though she felt limited while working to develop her Braille and other
> blindness skills it did not stop her from serving as Detroit chapter
> treasurer and accepting the nomination and office of state secretary when I
> became state president in 2016.  
> I could go on writing about how lucky I feel having known Linda and the
> example she sets in coming to terms with blindness.  I will, for now, say
> that she will be greatly missed by our Detroit chapter and the Michigan
> affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.  Let us keep Linda and
> her family and friends in our prayers.
> Rest in the Lord, dear sister Linda.
> Michael Powell
> President
> National Federation of the Blind of Michigan
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