West Virginia Alpha LIZ LORAH shares her magic moment:
I grew up in a strong church community and participated in many activities as a student. Consequently, I met many adult members of the church whom I talked to often and considered friends. One was our real estate agent and friend of my mother, Colorado Beta DIANA DUKE WHITFIELD.
When I went away to college, no one knew of my intentions to join a Greek organization. So, when my mother reported to our church I had joined one, it was quite a surprise to most. The real surprise came when Diana asked which organization I had joined, and my mom told her Pi Beta Phi. Diana was over the moon as she is a Colorado Beta. My first trip home after initiation, I wore my badge to church and was warmly greeted by Diana. It was so special to me that a woman I knew and admired was part of the same organization I had just joined.
Diana passed away December 2009 after losing her battle with cancer. It was a shock to lose her, but I felt so blessed to be a part of her life and have shared in the joys of sisterhood with such a strong and beautiful woman. It was faith that brought us together, but chance that made us sisters.