Throughout Huron, shining bright yellow among the dull colors of the northeast's seemingly never-ending, harsh winter, are smiley faces supporting Shawnee Elementary School's principal, Tanny Vonthron, who recently lost her battle with cancer.
Today is Tanny's Celebration of Life service at Mesenburg's in Huron
"You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on."
A poem by David Harkins. Also posted to Tanny on a friend's Facebook page.