I met Bobbie Warnock just once. It was in May, at the monthly Association of Bridal Consultants meeting. I had been invited to speak at the meeting about how to get media coverage for interesting stories. As it happens, I sat next to Bobbie during dinner.

The meeting was held at the Prickly Pear in Ann Arbor, on a tented patio. I remember a pleasant conversation with Bobbie – she was warm and interested in me and in what I did. But I especially remember that, after I spoke, she complimented me effusively and sincerely. She went well beyond a “Nice job!” and made a point of giving me specific and very supportive feedback. It made me feel really good, and it reminded me of Maya Angelou’s famous quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Bobbie died on August 25. When I looked up her obituary, I learned she was 70. That was a bit shocking – I would have guessed she was at least 10 years younger. That’s because she not only was beautiful, but radiated enthusiasm and engagement.

From the outpouring of expressions of love for Bobbie and sadness at her death that I’ve seen in recent weeks, she clearly had a strong impact on many people in this industry. A memorial for her will be held Sept. 24 at the Gazebo Banquet Center.

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