I met Day at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA pool. First I admired her dedication to hard work. After we started speaking, we realized that we both grew up in Chapel Hill, although about 8 years apart. I adjusted my swimming time so that I could include talking with Day. Her dedication to children and all adults was wonderful and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed our time and connections. I know I am a better person for knowing Day. Enjoy your next adventure!
The thought of Day always brightens my world. She hired me to be her assistant teacher when I was looking for a job where I had the same hours as my children. Sure I was qualified for the position but why she was so excited to hire me was because I was a Ph.D. chemist. She wanted to be able to call me Dr. Dezube, which she always did. She expressively wanted the girls in the class to know that they could become scientists and doctors, that all doctors were not men and then she would always add, that you could be attractive and be a scientist. That aside my years with Day in the classroom were eye opening. She always had a project going or extra time to help the children struggling academically or personally.
She was a vigilant spokesperson for racial justice. As a first timer at our book club she jumped right in with books looking historically at systemic racial injustice, books addressing racism within the individual, and as always on topics pushing for social justice. I loved her for her opening a book door and through that a door to self introspection.
Finally, she loved getting together for a lunch, dinner party or walk. Bringing people together from different parts of her life. The discussions were lively, we would find out how her children and grandchildren were doing, moments from her past with her husband or high school friends in Chapel Hill. It was always an intriguing blend, historic stories of Chapel Hill and the south mixed with her current life of volunteer activities and trips to visit family.
I will miss you.
Day was such an inspiring woman to know. I knew her several ways. Day exercised at the YMCA where I saw her almost every time I got to water aerobics. I knew her initially because she was a childhood friend of Sally Sloane, who married my cousin Bob. Day helped so much with Sally's funeral some years ago. I knew her from University Presbyterian Church where Day was always in the midst of whatever was going on. We also shared a love of reading and were in the same book club. She is gone too soon and I will miss her very much. What a treasure we have lost. I send my love and sympathy to Day's family.