Mary Burton in April, 2006.
Still a hole, and will be for a while, across the street where Mary Burton lived. Very odd to look across to an empty house. She was my neighbor for 30 years.
Here's a typical Mary story: Tyler is widely recognized as paradise. Who lives in Paradise? God. If God lives in Tyler, then he lives in the Azalea District, the old red-brick street area. IF God lives in Tyler in the Azalea District then he lives on the oldest part of it: Lindsey Lane. If God lives on Lindsey Lane....then who is it? And isn't it a little like God to be not a man, but a woman...just to be contrary, the way God is known to be? This made for a short list with Mary at the top.
When asked directly if she was God, Mary would reply: "What do you think?" When you sat back and thought it was obvious that Mary, in fact, WAS God.