She is unshakable not because she doesn't know pain or failure, but because she always pushes through. Because she always shows up and never gives up. Because she believes anything is possible no matter the odds. And perhaps what makes her beautiful has less to do with what lies upon the surface and more to do with what lies within. She isn't just beautiful because of her appearance. No, she is beautiful because of the way she chooses to live and love. In the way she embraces all of life's experiences - good or bad. In her willingness to bend but never break, and in her courage to believe that the darkness can't hold her as long as she continues to create her own light. She is just like a pearl - made from grit but full of grace. She is unstoppable - she knows it's not what happens, but how she chooses to respond, with perseverance in her mind and passion in her heart.
Mariann was a longtime supporter of the American Lung Association. Please consider making a donation to the fundraiser she started before her passing, action.lung.org/goto/bighousewarriors23