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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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Dec. 11th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
So sorry for your loss
I am so sorry Jack. My heart goes out to you.

Here is a picture of you two at MindCamp3.0

PICT5297 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisandjenni/297067253/)
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: So sorry for your loss
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
A last post to NWR
Anita was much loved and respected on a little email list we like to call NWR, for probably the last 15 years. Anita's last post to us, a month ago was a joyous link sharing humor. It was an honor knowing her, thank you for letting us know, and good karma to you Jack for you the love and pain and memories.

Dec. 11th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Jack, I'm so terribly sorry to hear this news. There is no meaningful memory at all that I could possibly think to post in the face of your loss. She was loved and appreciated around the world to the very last.
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
Jack, when we spoke last night, and I opined that you are so lucky to have gotten to know Anita, you replied that in some ways that only made this harder.

We're both right. Anita will be missed by thousands, but I'm sure mostly by you. My thoughts are with you. Take care, and please keep in touch.
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
I'm so saddened to get this news. Anita was very welcoming when we moved to Seattle and it meant a lot. My condolences, I'll be thinking about you.
Dec. 11th, 2007 09:04 am (UTC)
my deepest condolences to you and your family

i'd like to express my deepest condolences to you and your family. i've met Anita once in one of the Seattle Blogger meetups. one thing i fondly remember about her was that she was upfront with her battle with cancer but i didn't see the sadness and fear as she tells her story.

she was a fighter and a lovely human being. i'm sure that she we'll be missed by friends and family. she will be missed in the blogging world.

it was an honor for me to meet her in person.

take care and godspeed.


Dec. 11th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
Anita, dear anita good bye...
Anita your spirit we love.. Dear Jack, it is Ralph and Marguerite of Vancouver Metro. We admire your courage. Tell Riley we love him.. Thank you for all you have done to advance blogging.. Thank you Anita, you always helped out. GerwingR
Dec. 11th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
i'm so sorry. she was one of the first people i met when i moved to the city, via the blogger meetup. she was so welcoming of us. an inspiration and example to me of someone who would *do*.

she is missed.

Dec. 11th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
I only knew Anita through her writing and her involvement in the journaling community. She always exuded such a vibrant, positive energy. I'll remember her as the smart, witty, swing dancing, generous one.
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
Hearty Condolences
My hearty condolences...we really miss you...
Dec. 11th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
I wasn't lucky enough to meet Anita in person, but I've known her on the 'net forever. I've always loved her stories about Cacophony, the bloggers meetings, swing dancing, and all things fannish. She was so happy when she met you and I was so happy for her. She will be missed by so many people.
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
Missed by many indeed.

What comes to mind right now isn't a specific memory, but the general affection and pleasure at hearing from her, when I was sending out zines.
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
My thoughts are with you and yours. Anita will be greatly missed.
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Hey Jack. Hey Anita. I remember her with Riley, always patient, always on the edge of exasperation, always good humored. I know from parenting, and I know when I see someone on top of their game.
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Anita Will Be Missed
I got to know Anita when one of us added the other to our blogroll, which probably seems quaint today now that we can "friend" each other. I was struck by her enthusiasm and her kindness, particularly with one personal situation I endured. The web's poorer for her absence. You have my condolences. Rogers Cadenhead
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