Many of you may want to pray or follow along with Ms. Batiste’s services. Here is the memorial service program, so you can remember and honor her in your own way.
As I remember this wonderful woman, my images of her are of a woman with an unshakeable faith who showed amazing strength during what so many of you know to be an arduous journey with mesh, a journey filled with pain, disability and so much loss in so many ways. But these losses are common to us all, and mesh injured women and their families are a sort of “family of chance” in this way, bound together by the hard road we all walk.
As we grieve our “family member by chance,” I hope we remember her as a mother; a grandmother; a great-grandmother; as a wise teacher and a nurse in service of others. For our community, she is a pioneer who paved the way for us all. She faced her oppressors, on behalf of so many of us, with dignity, strength, grace, and faith. To her family, she was the Sun in their Solar System. She was the family matriarch. She was Grandmother.
May you rest in peace, Linda. You were one of a kind.