My dear friends on the Island and off the Island who came to honor my incredibly wonderful husband Luther who lost his battle with cancer, I thank you for walking and driving the last miles with our good friend.

The children he transported for over 30 years told stories about their school bus experiences. One of his former students called me today from New York remembering that one time she twisted her ankle badly. So Luther drove his bus close to her house and carried her to the door of her home. Gentle, kind, wise — people like Luther are hard to find and he will be missed in our home and community always.

Thank you for the beautiful flowers and cards and food. My gratitude is never ending. If anyone ever needs help, call me! As you know, I like to keep busy. Bless all of you and I hope you and any of your relatives will never have to suffer that horrible disease. I am forever grateful for your kindness.

Anne Madison Vanderhoop