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Peanut Butter Bars

Twenty years ago an amazing woman shared this recipe with me.  It was enjoyed by many of my friends to celebrate the birth of a very special baby at a shower that I helped host.  Breast cancer took this special friend of mine on July 6, 2004.  I miss her now.  Every time that I make these Peanut Butter Bars I think of her. Every honor’s night I miss our talks of love, life and school.  At graduation I miss her pinning my hood along with most everyone elses to make sure it was straight.  Movelle Murdock was a wonderful person, a loving wife, a devoted mother of two, and one of the best teachers that I have ever known.   She was the head of the math department and she knew her stuff.  Movelle was funny, full of boundless energy, and she had a wonderful personality. Everyone respected her opinion.    She was a fabulous cook and an equally talented seamstress putting together costumes for the musical every year.   I will never be as strong as she was. She taught quite often the same day she received chemo.  I don’t know how she did it.   Movelle will always be my hero.  In May of 2004 Movelle decided that it would be her last year to teach.  She and her family  planned to move back to her husband’s hometown and enjoy the rest of her life.  She gave the baccalaureate speech to our senior class with her daughter part of the graduating class. Tears slid down the cheeks of those that knew what was happening.     On graduation night she walked out on the field with  our faculty wearing a clown wig because she had no hair.  She was celebrating the graduation of her daughter.  A little over a month later she was taken away from us.  She gave a great fight and lost. 

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