On January 16, 2022, the heavens opened and welcomed home an angel, her name is Wendy Hall.
She blessed this Earth for 70 years, touching lives where ever she went. Wendy was so many things, to us a mentor and beloved friend. How fortunate we are to have spent time and space with her, having known her made us better people. There weren’t many days that Wendy didn’t drive up to us on the Refuge in her little grey car to say Hello, and share her dreams of what she wanted to implement for the betterment of this World.
Her days were filled with thoughts and ways of how to touch people and compel others to care for God’s amazing creations. We were birds of feather and we surely flocked together. Wendy’s love for nature compelled us to use every skill we had for the good of creatures great and small and some of the accomplishments we are most proud of were because Wendy encouraged us along the way. She had an amazing way of making us feel like geniuses and idiots all at the same time. God only knows she knew so much more than we did but she never made us feel insignificant in her presence.
She was an amazing artist, our art in comparison to hers was like a 4-year old’s finger painting project but she treated them like Picassos. She LOVED chocolate and it wasn’t uncommon to see Wendy on the go with chocolate on her face. It was obvious she thoroughly enjoyed her treats that she frequently bought down the road at Adirondack Chocolates. We shared her love for this sweet treat and due to her suggestions, ate more chocolate than we probably should have. Wendy had a profound love for birds of all shapes, sizes and species and was an expert falconer which took years of training and experience.
I once asked her what her favorite animal was and to my great surprise she said, “Sloths.” Only Wendy would choose an animal that urinates through its skin and smelt like a living toilet. She chose to see their beauty before their foul smell. There honestly wasn’t a creature Wendy didn’t love. She was involved with everything my husband and I did as Apiarists and Lepidopterists and dreamed with us on implementing educational programs to advocate for the amazing creatures we call bees and butterflies. I often ran up to her with bugs I had found. Each time she looked at them fondly as I rambled on about how cool I thought they were and what I knew about them. Nothing was off the table to talk about when it came to Wendy.
It wasn’t hard to fall in love with both Wendy & Steve, such compassionate and loving people. They made the Refuge feel like home and we were always excited for one more day of their presence. Wendy was my litter thug soul mate, the only other person I knew that despised pollution as much as I did. The careless act of people treating this planet like a trash can profoundly hurt her heart and mine. We often took walks along the trails on the Refuge, snatching up any litter that we spotted. She agreed that condemning people for their careless acts of negligence towards nature was not the way to promote change. Instead, it was her will to move hearts to promote change and this could be accomplished by sharing the love in our hearts for nature and that that love would be received.
This World seems so empty without her beautiful face and we grasp onto hope, our faith to speak to our hearts and believe one day we will be in her presence again. I can only dream that when my time here on Earth is over, like her, I will have made a mark on this world that will be remembered for centuries to come.
We will never stop talking about Wendy’s beautiful presence and we are determined to keep her memory alive forever.
To the best friend we ever had, “We Love You More Wendy”!!!!!