In memory of Rose (Berish)
Doubt and Ed Smith

Letter No. 341 | May 14, 2009

Many people in Nanty Glo remember that horrible crash that killed my Mom Rose (Berish) Doubt and her companion Ed Smith. That day 26 years ago today is a day that lives in infamy for me. It was a day that is forever burned into my heart that no matter how old I get that vivid memory makes it still seems like yesterday.

Through the years I have managed to work through the pain of the loss by sending the message of responsible drinking. I have stood my ground that if you choose to drink and drive the consequences can be devastating, changing your life and everyone else's around you. My life is not the only one touched by this, but my children never got to meet their Grandmother, and my Granddaughter never got to meet her Great Grandmother. My Mom missed so much: our school years, our weddings, our triumphs and our failures.

Life is so fragile; to chance taking a life is not worth it. I don't want this tragedy to be just that, a tragedy; learn from this and get a designated driver. Don't take risks with things and most of all live each day as if it's your last. Don't leave this world with "should have" "would have" or "could have." When you love someone, make sure they know it, you don't know if you will get the chance to say it.

It is my hope and prayer that all those back home will remember this not so much in sadness, but with the hope that this is a learning experience and no one will have to go through the past 26 years as I have.

So, Mom and Ed, as you look down on all of us know that you are not forgotten!!

Lisa Berish Shoap


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