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Page 16 of 47 - Issue 37 | Page 17 THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF Abby will always be remembered for her generosity and compassion. Since Abby's passing in August of last year, I have spoken to many of our customers / friends that have shared how their lives were impacted and permanently changed by Abby's nutri on advice and recommenda ons. These tes monies con nue to be shared through social media, emails, phone calls or in person. Almost daily I speak to people that share with me how Abby helped them in one way or another. I always knew she was touching many lives, but I never really grasped the magnitude of her impact. As much as Abby did not like tles, most of you knew Abby as a "Health Coach" or "Health Educator" or simply "the red headed lady that knows a lot about health and nutri on." Some of you knew her from her years with Republic Health Food here in Tampa. There she began consul ng with people about their health needs and it wasn't long before the word spread about her incredible knowledge. But most of us don't know much about Abby before that. Here are some things about her you probably did not know. Abby was Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 17, 1942 to Sam (a bus boy) and Anne Dorn (a homemaker). She grew up in a home with three other brothers and two sisters. In 1960 she graduated from Virginia Newport News High School. In 1965 she graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. In 1969 she took some pre-med classes and learned to make drawings of parts of the body (two of her drawings are featured in this issue.) She went on to graduate from University of Michigan with a Master of Science degree in Medical illustra on. She worked as a Medical Illustrator at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In 1986 she moved to Tampa to help her sister in law raise her two boys, Ma and Zack. At some point in the early 90's she started working at Republic Health Foods. In 1997 she opened Abby's Health and Nutri on in Carrollwood and in 1999 we moved the store to the current loca on. In 2008 she received her Cer fied Natural Health Professional degree. Some Interesting Facts about Abby: • She was Interested in drawing and animals at an early age. She also loved gardening. • As a teenager, she enjoyed weightli ing, dance, tennis, racquetball, riding motorcycles and skiing. • Her favorite music was classical and Jazz. • She loved watching foreign films. • She was a Cer fied Diving Instructor. • One of her favorite foods was fish, specifically Sushi and Sea Bass. • Her favorite place to eat…? You guessed it Café Eden. • She enjoyed the beach, specifically Sanibel Island. • She loved her orchids, and could bring any ailing flower back to life. • She loved to make big breakfasts for her family.

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