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Memorial: Anita Rowland

At 4:40 PM Monday, December 10, 2007, my wife, Anita Marie Rowland, passed away in Seattle at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her two sisters, Martha and Betsy Rowland, and by myself.

Anita will be missed by all. By her sisters. By myself. By the children and grandchildren she took as her own. And by everyone that knew her...

Some people shine so brightly they light the way for others; Anita was such a person. Having that light snuffed out so soon is a loss to the world.

Anita, we love you. We will miss you forever.

If you knew Anita or she touched your life in some way -- something that applies to many, many people -- please leave a comment with some memory of her here.

-- Edited to add:

Many people have asked me about a memorial fund for Anita. In all our discussions about what happens next (yes, Anita and I had them) we managed to miss talking about what charity she would like to have people donate to in her name.

There is a medical fund managed by our friend jkling called anitar_medfund. It's purpose is to help us pay off our (enormous) medical bills. But that isn't quite the same thing. You are welcome to donate there, just follow the link and click the PayPal button.

But what charities would Anita want you to support? The list is as endless and varied as her many interests. Given the circumstances, I suggest Gilda's Club as a place to make a small donation in Anita's name. Or you can follow Anita's lead and go personally to feed the hungry in whatever place you live.


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Jan. 26th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
Anita was my best friend in Jr High
I am so sorry to hear of Anita'a passing, Jack. It is obvious from her weblog that you made her very, very happy. Anita was my best friend from 6th-8th grade at Kate Waller Barret Elementary ( I am amazed I recall the name...)to Kenmore Jr High school in Arlington VA. My sisiter Peggy was good frineds with Martha. Anita introduced me to science fiction and taught me to question authority and not to just go with the flow. She made me laugh and helped me to learn to think for myself. I loved going to her house after school. We watched a lot of Star Trek and Laugh -in. She made a huge difference in my life and in the lives of many others it is clear. Thank you Jack for posting this. Take good care of yourself in this difficult difficult time. Phyllis Tennyson Tarbell

Jan. 30th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
We never meet, I just stumbled upon your wife's blog and the sad news. I'm very sorry for all of you, I hope you could manage to cope the loss.

Best regards,
Jan. 31st, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I just learned about this now - six weeks later
Anita was such an important part of the early online journal/protoblog scene. It's so sad to learn she's no longer with us. I'm glad I actually got the chance to meet her once. She will be missed and the Earth will be a less hospital planet without her.

--gus (asecular.com)
Feb. 21st, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
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Dec. 10th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
One year later
Hey, Jack. I was browsing around and I hit Anita's blog. I had forgotten the date: I just wanted to say hi, and that I was thinking of you.
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