This cannot be? How can this be? I just heard from her! This must be some of that facebook drama. I am shocked, I am hurt, I am sad…
Those were the emotions and thoughts that went through my mind after hearing the news. Yes, Leisha called me at 11:02am on Monday, May 12, 2014 with the sad news. “Donald, I know you don’t do Facebook and you and Tawni were friends so I thought I better call you, Tawni Roark has passed away”. What? Are you sure?
I am still shocked, Tawni and I were friends from afar for many years. I knew Tawni’s whole story. She told me her story of dealing with a corrupt judiciary at least a dozen times and copied me on countless documents. Sadly, Tawni’s story of dealing with a corrupt judiciary and her campaign for her children Jake and Grace to share equally in her life was not unlike that of all too many others. The judiciary, for whatever reason, had once again kept the better parent out of the life of their own children and I am here to say if Tawni Roark was ever guilty of anything, she was guilty of loving her children Jake and Grace too much.
Tawni did not only love her own children, as an advocate for equal parenting rights Tawni cared about the well being of all of our children. Tawni was not shy, she was loud and proud and spoke her mind whether you wanted to hear what she had to say or not and that was one of the qualities that made her such a great advocate for our children.
Tawni had many good qualities, not only was she a great parent but if she was your friend, she was a true and faithful friend. Anyone who knows me knows that I speak of one’s ability to be faithful on a regular basis. It seems that somehow, maybe with time, that quality, or one’s ability to be faithful has become lost. Tawni had not lost that quality, if Tawni was your friend, she was nothing less than a faithful friend.
Tawni was just 53 years young when she passed away… that is too young for anyone to pass in this day and age. As is usually the case in these matters the children are the losers, they lost out on sharing their life with a mom who was nothing short of fabulous.
Meet You At The Gate
© Barbara Bailey
A beautiful garden now stands alone,
missing the one who nurtured it
But now she is gone,
Her flowers still bloom, and the sun it still shines,
But the rain is like tear drops, for the ones left behind,
The weeds lay waiting to take the gardens beauty away,
But the beautiful memories of its keeper are in our hearts to stay,
she loved every flower even some that were weeds,
So much love she would plant with each little seed,
But just like her flowers she was part of Gods plan,
So when it was her time he reached down his hand,
He look through the Garden searching for the best,
That’s when he found Tawni, it was her time to rest,
It was hard for those who loved her, to just let her go,
But God had a spot in his garden, that needed a gentle soul,
So when you start missing Tawni, remember if you just wait,
When God has a spot in his garden, She’ll meet you at the gate…
I am not a doctor but there is no doubt in my mind that Tawni Roark died of a broken heart…
May you rest in peace my friend,