A tribute to Anna

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Dear friends of Crystal Lake Camps – as many of you have already heard, Anna Alford passed away Wednesday morning.  It would be difficult to overestimate Anna’s impact on Crystal Lake, and the impact she had on everyone who passed through the camp’s entrance gate.  With well over 50 years of living on or next to camp, she has had a positive influence on every single person that came through, which her infectious and graceful smile could only hint at.  There is no question that Anna pushed everyone to be a better person – wanting us all to contribute meaningfully to make the world a better place, and her deep love and commitment to Crystal Lake Camps was only one of many avenues where she put that ethos into practice.  But we think it’s fair to say the camp was the primary and most meaningful place in her life, and we feel singularly grateful and significantly impacted by her life-long involvement with Crystal Lake Camps.  Anna, you are SO loved by us all who had the benefit of interacting with you.  Thank you for being a friend, mentor, sister, mother, loved one to us all.

And of course, our prayers and support are with Dottie, Anna’s mother, at this time.  The photo below is a shot of them together.

A memorial service for Anna will be held, but details are still being ironed out. Please stay tuned to the camp’s blog and/or Facebook page for details as they are determined.

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3 Comments on “A tribute to Anna”

  1. It’s impossible for me to think about or picture Anna, without seeing that warm, radiant smile. I think I will celebrate her life by smiling at others the same way.

  2. It’s impossible for me to think about or picture Anna without seeing that warm, radiant smile. I think I will celebrate her life by smiling at others that same way.

  3. Reading this excerpt from a letter from Mrs Eddy to a student today in Christian Healer, I was happy to let it direct my thought about Anna too:

    “Your dear husband has not passed away from you in spirit; he never died, only to your sense; he lives and loves and is immortal. Let this comfort you dear one, and you will find rest in banishing the sense of death, in cherishing the sense of life and not death. Your dear husband is as truly living to-day as he ever lived, and you can find rest and peace in this true sense of Life.”

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