Wendy Anne Lincoln, one of the 35 Syracuse University students returning home for Christmas from a semester in London, England, was widely mourned by the residents of North Adams, Massachusetts, her hometown. She was fondly remembered for her compassionate and gentle nature, but especially for her humility—humility in the face of great beauty and talent. Wendy was majoring in art and specializing in communication design, graphic illustration, and photography at Syracuse, where she was enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. A friend lamented, "Where have you gone so quickly? We took for granted that we would behold your smile again...We took so much for granted."
A 1983 graduate of Drury High School, she was an active, involved student, participating in gymnastics, dance, school government, sports, and the yearbook committee. In college, her interests expanded to painting and photography. Wendy displayed a painting of hers and two photographs at a student art show in London. The show was open to the public, and Wendy's work won accolades. In London, her friendly nature shone through. "Every time we went somewhere she would meet someone," reported a classmate, "When we were on a train or a plane she would start up a conversation with someone."
Wendy leaves her mother, Shirley, and her father, Charles; her brother, Scott; her maternal grandparents; and her paternal grandmother. Her mother, Shirley, remembers her, "Beauty radiated from within her. Gentle and kind, full of laughter and joy—surrounded by love. Her greatest virtue was humility, her greatest joy, helping others."
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