Friend’s death is reminder that it’s all about being a good neighbor

Dear readers: I ask for your indulgence and the same from the Review-Journal’s real estate editorial staff as I digress from my usual question and answer format.

Often in our daily lives, we all tend to lose sight of what is really important until some tragic event occurs.

On Tuesday afternoon, a young man, Danny Anderson, and I held the hands of a dying lady who has been an employee at my company for more than 20 years. She was a friend who became a family member — Ann Moore Webb.

Ann had been suffering from a long-term lung disease that finally overcame any strength she had left.

Most of my articles in the Review-Journal are written either late at night or during the weekends. Many times I called Ann during my writing periods because I just could not think of that one word that would most accurately describe a law, a procedure or some common sense solution that had been lost between the two parties.

She helped me in researching the more unusal readers’ questions, such as an association where the developer was to construct an airstrip for the members’ personal air planes or about the rights of individual homeowners who live in associations controlled by American Indian governments. For those of you who have ever called my office, you probably spoke to Ann. She was the “Go To” person or my “Right Hand Man,” who knew so much about the management profession as well as the operations of my company.

As I watched my friend take her last breath before she passed into the hands of God, the many issues that I face as a community manager every day faded away for just one moment in time.

We don’t need more legislation to become better directors, better managers and better residents, we just need to learn how to live better with each other, to be fair, to be consistent, to be courteous and to be a good neighbor. As for Ann Webb, she will always be a part of me. I thank her for the many times she helped me to be a better person. The world would be a much better place if each one of us had an Ann Webb in our life.

Barbara Holland, certified property manager, broker and supervisory certified association manager, is president and owner of H&L Realty and Management Co. Questions may be sent to Association Q.&A., P.O. Box Las Vegas, NV 89125. Her fax number is 385-3759.

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