A woman among women. In this world where so many people have such great influence and renown, there are pockets here and there where differing numbers of people have had the distinct pleasure of knowing truly great people. People that will not be on the cover of magazines, nor will the paparazzi chase them for that elusive photo. But the ones who know them realize their true value. A value incalculable in worldly treasures. Such a person was Florence Hoffman. I, and so many others who were in her company cannot even begin to relate just how important her influence was. I can’t imagine how my life would be without her guidance, not that I heeded it all the time. Of course I should have. The world is a poorer place without her, and I will miss her very much. I love you Mom, if there is any good thing in me, or about me, it is most assuredly due to you.