At 82 years old, world renowned writer and poet Maya Angelou began tweeting.

Perhaps it was out of necessity — someone posing as Angelou on Twitter had been exposed a year earlier — but in 2010, Angelou sent her first tweet from her big backyard garden party birthday bash. There would be other garden parties, birthdays, and messages to friends and admirers. And often over the course of the last four years, Angelou’s messages were like pearls of wisdom in 140 characters of poetry and prose.

Angelou died in her North Carolina home on Wednesday at 86 years old.  At the time of her death, she had amassed nearly 400,000 followers and she continued tweeting nearly until nearly the very end. Her final message, which came on May 23, was a reflection of her faith and love of life.