Bloomington lost one of its special people when Sophia Travis died suddenly of a heart ailment on Wednesday, September 19.

Sophia, 46, had served on the Monroe County Council for four years and as president for one. She was running for the council again this year.

But that’s not what made Sophia special. A gifted musician and artist, she had an enthusiasm for life that was genuine, optimistic, and loving. When you met her on the street, you got a big hug and oftentimes a story—about a community concern she had, about her boy Finn, about whatever was on her mind.

Sophia was sweet, youthful, and full of energy and high spirits. She loved Monroe County and the people here. And all those who knew her, loved her back.

Our hearts go out to her husband Gregory, her son Finn, and all of her many friends.

These pictures were taken for the Bloom Magazine June/July 2012 Home and Garden issue by photographer Steve Raymer.

Click here to read Sophia’s obituary.