I wish I had known Cara Gwen Becker while she was alive. The twenty-one year old Towson University student died on Monday of leukemia at
Johns Hopkins Hospital.
What a spirited, divine person she was and as I read all of her accomplishments during her short life; I wanted to cry. As the obituary
column on her in today’s Sunpapers related, she was described as a spirited
volunteer for many causes, she touched many people in exceptional ways, and she would stop traffic to collect money for many causes. She collected for the Red
Cross, for the Owings Mills Fire Department ambulance crew and for the Kimmel
Cancer Center and the homeless.
Her beautiful face was shown on a video at her funeral service where two thousand people attended. I am sure there was not a dry eye
at the service.
She is survived by her parents, grandparents, brothers, cousins and a multitude of friends. She will never be forgotten or mentioned by
all who knew her.
We know that a twenty-one year old should not precede parents and grandparents in death. We wonder why it happens to good people. A
good person does not describe this lovely young woman. A word more applicable
would be kind, benevolent, compassionate and giving.
She wrote a note to her friend that said “I know you are scared I’m leaving but don’t be because no matter what happens we will always
be looking up at the same stars and moon.”
This almost sums up her short time on this earth, because even in illness, she did not want her devoted friend to be scared.
Persons like Cara Gwen Becker are rare, are dear and most of all, to all who had the privilege of knowing her, can feel blessed, because
they did. Perhaps, she is now a star in the sky, because she surely was one
while in their presence. Her shining light will still brighten their lives for
I feel as if I did know her and if I had, I could not be more proud to have witnessed an angel like her.