Indeed, she was. Mamie, until the very end and against enormous odds, remained temperate, intelligent, thoughtful and occasionally forceful in her beliefs.
Mamie, who died Saturday, was in advertising most of her adult life and among her clients in the 1970s, '80s and '90s were Republican politicians, including some big Virginia names.
She and I locked horns often over former Rocky Mount Congressman Virgil Goode, a man I considered a level lower than Congressman Morgan Griffith of the 9th District in intelligence. She staunchly defended him as "a good man." She occasionally rolled her eyes at the antics of today's Republican politicians.
Mamie, a native of Floyd, was a courtly southern lady who lived and died--at 77--with grace.