It seems like just yesterday that I lost my Dad and now we've lost his wife (my Stepmom) Naida. I can't believe she's gone. She was young and quirky and I wasn't ready to lose her. She was a private person but very loyal to those she loved. Naida was always so encouraging to me. She often told me what a great job she thought I was doing as a Mom and a wife. She was very supportive of my career as a photographer. She passed out my business card at every opportunity and asked me for more when she ran out. She told me all the time that she was proud of me and that meant so much to me. She loved my kids too. She had no children of her own, but she took us on as her family. My kids were her grandchildren and her love for them was evident. We're all going to miss her.