LCO loses battle with cancer

An award-winning lawn care operator and Weed Man Franchisee passed away June 15 after a long battle with cancer. She was 41.
Monica Abington operated a Weed Man franchise in Russellville, Ark., and won the company’s People Weedy Award in 2011, which recognizes franchisees with excellent customer service and a positive attitude.
“She was a beautiful person inside and out, and I personally will remember a super energetic, friendly, kind-hearted, beautiful colleague and businesswoman, but mainly a loving mother,” said Jen Lemcke, COO at Weed Man USA.
Lawn & Landscape profiled Abington and her struggle with cancer in 2011, where she spoke about how the disease impacted her personally and professionally, and the perspective it gave her on life:
And you know what? I hate that it took a brain tumor to get there, but what a blessing for me to have to establish a more appropriate pace. To ask: What really has to happen, and what would be really fun if it happened?
I’m much more reliant on the team process, and I’m having to know my limitations and draw more healthy boundaries as far as time. And the things that used to be worth arguing about just aren’t.
I learned to graciously say, “Thank you so much. You don’t know how much this has helped.” To say, “I can’t run this route. You’re going to pick up this one.” I can’t be all things to all people. I have to see what makes the cut and what doesn’t and, maybe more importantly, not feel guilty about what doesn’t make the cut.
A memorial Service will be held Wednesday, June 17, at Fellowship of Christians, 1680 Sparksford Drive, Russellville, Ark. Donations can be sent to Arkansas Hospice-River Valley Home.

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