... I imagine that she has been a risk-taker and a free-thinker for quite some time.
... It is common where I come from to celibrate a person's life, to tell the story of a person who has passed, a story that captures the essence of why they were special, and what they meant to you. Could you please share more with us about Bev?
I have a photo of us together, both with silly grins (tried to post it and it is over the size limit; may edit it and try again). That's what I remember most. The occasion is a barbeque she cooked up; everyone here remembers those.
She spent 20-odd years as a PE teacher in Oz and then ran various businesses, a health club and later a tuition center. Sports were always a big part of her life; she played several and coached more. Several of her male relatives are pro Aussie rules footballers. Here, she was the playing coach for a foreign teachers' basketball team that lost to the Chinese PE teachers to general amusement. The night before the accident, she played in a teachers' ping pong competition against a Chinse woman half her age and made a respectable showing.
We were the same age, but her birthday is in October, mine December, so for three months last year we joked about her being an older woman. Like me, she would have hit 60 this year. Some of the older foreign men here pursue teenagers; I'm not quite that uncouth but I've spent some time chasing younger women and may again. Somewhat to my surprise, though, I was extremely happy with my aging Aussie. She seemed happy too; she was having a blast in China.
At Spring Festival, we went to Yunnan together. There's a thread over in the photos section with great pictures of that area from Jolly Junk Lass and some links to stuff I wrote after the trip.