Beki Quintero, left, with husband Ric and longtime friend Klaire Pirtle
The two were nominated by longtime friends Klaire
and Jack Pirtle, who said "their dedication to the community is unbelievable."
"Beki is the most wonderful while unassuming person," Klaire Pirtle
"It's had a very positive influence," Pirtle
The Pirtles have been impressed by the work the couple put into the garden, but it seems about par for them, Klaire
said.They've always been giving people â€" organizing neighborhood cleanups and other events.
...They took his civics class separately, and Beki met Klaire through a physical education class designed for aspiring teachers, which allowed her to go to Los NiÃ±os Elementary School and teach Klaire's students.
Afterward, Beki babysat for the couple, too. After graduation, they all remained in touch and eventually became friends.That relationship continued even though the Pirtles moved to the Lake Tahoe area for about 21 years when Klaire became a principal at a school there.
The couple returned to Tucson almost five years ago. "They've been my mentors," Beki Quintero said."They've been so good to me." Klaire Pirtle
decided to nominate her
friends after attending a bell-making session at the Ben's Bells studios
not too long ago with the local alumni group of her
sorority, Pi Beta Phi. "I started asking questions about how do you get bells, and Beki and Richard were the first people who came to mind." The belling was extra special because it was a surprise part of the fourth anniversary celebration for the garden last week.About 50 people were there, including people from another project that encourages kindness in memory of a lost child, the Shyann Kindness Project. "Whenever Klaire
comes down with her
grandkids," Beki Quintero said.