One Forsyth woman, Monica Clayton, is reflecting on the a year anniversary of her husband's death. Even though, it's been a difficult struggle, this Thanksgiving she's thankful for the community who stepped in to help her keep her doors open.
"I can't say it was what I wanted. I felt an obligation to the community."
When Monica Clayton's husband got sick, she had to decide what to do about her business.
"For Monica to have to make the decision to let the business go was letting go of Jim," says friend and former employee, Kevin Manus-Pennings.
Jim passed one year ago, but Monica didn't have to say goodbye to every part of him.
"I think Jim made an impact on the community," says Clayton.
Now, it's Monica who's leaving her imprint on this town. Anyone in Forsyth will tell you, it's because of her that these doors are still open.
"She's so warm and goofy and immediately disarming that it's just the natural thing that you're led to do as an expression," says Manus-Pennings.
Manus-Pennings didn't know Jim or Monica when he first started working at the Smart Shoppes on the Square.
"When he got sick people really rallied," says Clayton.
Kevin, like many others in Forsyth, met the couple when Jim was already bed-bound. He says dedicating his time to keeping the store afloat was an easy decision.
"I gave her time to put her live back together, so there's not a moment of that I would change."
As one chapter closes, Monica learns that tough losses can ultimately bring worthy gains.
"There's a lot of people here now that I call family now."