I remember Ben, my nephew, as a young man who was gentle and grateful. When I saw him with his grandmother, my mom, Barbara Beeghly he was so kind and gentle to her. She loved him in a special way as he was her first grand child.
On one occasion when I was visiting my parents in Phoenix, Arizona, and Ben was there, I took a picture of Ben with his arm around his grandma Beeghly, and leaning his head into hers. She had a big smile on her face.
Ben and I had been texting the week before his death. His texting included, "I sure appreciate the offer," I had offered to go to Salem and pick Ben up to come to Portland for his dad's early birthday celebration with his brothers, a good friend of his dad's, and myself.
To MaryJo, So sad to read of Ben's passing. Nothing can prepare the heart of a mother to lose her son. May you be blessed in unexpected ways that touch the deepest place in your heart with love and peace. Lois Sannes Naylor, mother of Erick Sannes