Teen worshipped Ms. Gray (which kind of embarrasses her now). Once, back in the day, we were in a store and my daughter thought she smelled Ms. Gray, although it must have been someone wearing the same perfume (a scent so subtle I never noticed it).
While she doesn’t live here anymore, Beverly spent most of her life in Portland. Not only does Portland have a Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden with sculptures of Ramona, Henry and Ribsy, one of the library branches has two terra cotta busts of Ramona - one happy and one sad.
Interestingly, as a child, Beverly was placed in a “low reading circle.” Shows how wrong labels can be.