You never know who is going to jump out and help inspire you about your own business.
I am writing this blog in memory and thanks to a good friend, Glenda Epperson.
I could never thank her enough for all she did to help me get my business off the ground. I met her at a bridal show while mentoring under another photographer. She was wonderful and I knew I had to get in touch with her. This would be the last show at the Scholar Ballroom. Her show had grown so much that it would not longer fit in their grand ballroom.
Glenda inspired me, as I assisted her with bridal show preparations and getting vendor emails sent and postcards & posters to them. She knew brides like the back of her hand and could tell you the best way to get them into your booth, WOW them and leaving them wanting to come and see more. I could not see why she would want to help me or why I was doing so much to help her. At one point we moved her office from the basement to the upstairs, sorted through nearly every piece of paper and de-cluttered. I normally do not assist this way with other people, so why with Glenda. Little did I know that in assisting her, that I would gain a friend. And not just any friend, a christian friend.
Glenda became a good christian friend to me. When she was diagnosed with cancer that was growing in her back, I assisted her while in the hospital bed and listen to her talk about how great the Lord is. She would tell me, “if the Lord is ready for me now, I would go.” Her faith could move mountains and her beliefs for fulfillment could do the same.
Once day, while taking Glenda to her radiation treatment, she told me that she was not feeling full. Thinking about her conversation, I assumed she meant by her stomach. It was her heart! She said that she would attend service, play for the music and leave not feeling full. Glenda’s love for the Lord was great!!!! But she needed more, I told her I would pray for her.
Each year, for four years, Glenda would call me the morning of the Big O Show to see what time she could pick me up. We would attend the O show together. Glenda was always interested in seeing what new businesses were there and share information with all the vendors about her upcoming bridal show. She was a people person and loved to talk to them about their venues. The last O Show, this past October, Glenda told me on the way home that she was full. I was happy to hear this and asked how this came about. She told me about a new church she was attending, she was playing the piano again and she was FULL! I asked her where she was attending….Life Spring Church in Bellevue. This was wonderful, and close to home for me. See my uncle is a pastor there and I just thought that this was a good thing for Glenda. I asked her about the pastors, “there are two and they are both named Steve.” She would tell me about how wonderful it was to hear them speak the gospel. I told her that Pastor Steve Hicks was my uncle. She did not think I was serious, but when she realized that I was telling the truth, she said, “Our friendship just keeps getting closer and closer.”
Glenda worked so hard for all her vendors, she was eating, sleeping, breathing bridal show everyday of the year. It was her passion. She loved her friends and converstations as well. Glenda was unique in this bridal industry and she was unique with her love for God.
Glenda passed away on Monday (February 28th), the cancer had gone to her liver with little warning. Glenda went home to her Lord.
I will miss Glenda and our conversations, I will miss attending the O Show with her. I will miss hearing Glenda speak her faith so freely. I will miss my friend!
For Glenda’s family, I hope to keep communication with them. I have watched her granddaughter, Sarah, many times and hope to keep this connection together.
To Glenda, Thank you for all you have done for me, thank you for the conversations and the laughter. Thank you for being you all the time!! Thank you for lending me so many books in the years and for sharing your faith with me. I know you are Home and that you are no longer sick or in pain. I did not get to say, “talk with you later,” before your leaving…..Never good bye, just talk with you later!!!