On October 24th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. lost a beloved volunteer, Claire Pierce Moreira. She passed away leaving her family behind.
While it’s tempting to regard her passing with sadness alone, we can’t. We had too many moments of levity, some of them during times of hardship, to remember her with a heavy heart. Here’s why:
Claire completed the domestic violence training in November of 2011 and became apart of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team completing 256 hours on the support line. In addition, during our fiscal crisis she devoted 51 hours to admin work which helped us immensely!
Claire is real. She told you what she could do, and what she couldn’t do. When she said she would be at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. she was there. When she couldn’t help us out with a request, she said no. Its one of the many things we appreciate(d) about her.Claire had the unique capacity to shoot straight with kindness. Her delivery of even seemingly bad news was provided with graciousness. When we encountered a fiscal crisis, Claire offered her help with accounting services–a tremendous need at the time. We asked her questions, she told the truth. Claire’s intuition seemed to always strike the right note; when she gave news that was hard to hear, she followed up with a hug. She was empathic, supportive, smart…and she used all these beautiful aspects of her personality to make our agency stronger, more fun and authentic.
Claire wouldn’t let us wallow in our stress. During times of stress, she’d show up, do her work, give it to you straight, tell a funny joke, we’d talk about our pets and she’d leave. Perhaps most importantly, she’d tell us when we could expect her to come back. And she always came back when she said she would. She offered stability during a time of scarcity. Thank you Claire. We will always be grateful for that.
Claire was hilarious. She had this sneaky, dark sense of humor that could take you off guard. Claire was never funny at the expense of others though, she was funny in her bones and you could tell that her humor helped her through some of life’s trials. She made these observations that would make you laugh for days. We loved having her around. We miss her wry commentary. We miss her irreverent jokes. One of the hilarious highlights we remember is during a Community Education meeting, the icebreaker was to say what your spirit was–Claire’s spirit animal was Amanda Bynes. Google this celebrity if you don’t recognize the name.
When she left this place, we lost a real, intelligent woman who offered so many gifts to survivors of domestic violence, our community, and us as individuals. Its still hard believe she’s left; but she’s not really gone. Her spirit lives on at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., along with other friends who have left us, Claire will always be remembered, appreciated and revered.
Now we suppose that all there’s left for us to say is thank you, thank you, thank you Claire. We miss you. We appreciate you. We will never forget you.