Editor’s note: it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the loss of one of our own. Shannon Barber was a contributor here at VozWire, but she was far more than that to many more people. This article was written by current and former writers here Tammy Marie Rose, Jacob Ellis, and Chris Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones.
Here at Vozwire.com, we are all united not only in our desire to pay our respects to Shannon Barber but rather in our need to do so.
Shannon has been a key figure in the growth and development of our site. She showed courage and strength in covering some very difficult subjects of our time. Her strong voice a hallmark during times of quiet complicity. In these moments she would bring sorely needed perspective. We will surely miss that voice. Most especially today as we seek new clarity and strive to find a better place for all.
Shannon was a gifted writer, but she brought so much more than just words. She also brought her huge heart and her desire to make the world a better place. She was an inspiration to everyone that knew her.
Shannon was a fierce and passionate activist, fighting for causes of equality, equity, and justice. She will be remembered as someone who always sought to be part of the movements that mattered, to right the many societal wrongs we have in this country, and beyond.
Aside from being dedicated to amazing causes, Shannon was an optimist, even though she was dealt with many bad hands in life. She was always upbeat, ready to learn, ready to teach, and happy to talk about almost anything with you.
There is a quote that says “A real friend is someone who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” Shannon was that friend. She was always there with words of encouragement and a shoulder to lean on if you needed it. She changed the lives of everyone she touched and she will be in our hearts and memories always. She will forever be part of our Vozwire team.
A GoFundMe account has been created to help Shannon’s family cover her medical expenses, If you can give please visit the account here.
I would like to say thank you to Vozwire journalists Jacob Ellis and Chris Walker for contributing to this.