My mom, my #1 fan, passed away after battling pancreatic cancer (her third separate cancer case - all fought bravely). I can't really believe she's gone, and look to the flowers and sunlight she loved as a sign of her presence. She was a real free spirit and a beloved person. Her funeral was standing-room only in the back of the church and the reception was over capacity with well wishers and her favorite zydeco band, Lagniappe. She would be 62 today. Happy birthday to my beloved mother, Rebecca Gilliam.