Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:26 pm Post subject: Marilee J Layman - February 22, 2013
The PWC Central Library Science Fiction Book Discussion Group is sad to relay the news of the passing of Marilee J Layman on Friday evening, 2/22/2013.
This news comes from an email from Jackie Riley, our librarian and discussion group leader:
Sent Sat 2/23/2013 11:32 AM
"When Mike [Riley] called the hospital to verify visiting hours today, they suggested that he talk to "the Family". Mike then called Rick, Marilee's brother and was told that she died last night.
She will be greatly missed for her knowledge of Science Fiction and her courage in the face of many medical problems. Marilee was one of the 6 people to attend the first Science Fiction Discussion [of our group] in April 2001.
Is there anyone in the Manassas area who could help Faith with "kitty care"? There may be a need to find the cats a new home, so keep your brains working.
I will e-mail again when I get any more information.
Thank you for letting us know. Such sad news. I knew she wasn't well but had hoped she would get better.
I never met Marilee in person (I'm on the other side of the country), we were both members of a beading community on AOL a long time ago. She was known as Patterner because she could look at things and make up her own patterns and she did a lot of beautiful beadwork. I am the proud owner of a pair of earrings and a necklace she made for me.
The beading community was dissolved by AOL years ago, we all migrated to a new group. I wasn't so involved due to an arm injury but still was in touch with a few of the people.
And then my son died and Marilee took me under her wing. She emailed me and told me her story and let me rattle on when I needed it. And she made sure to remember all the important dates, she'd send candy or something pretty so that the bad memories would be replaced by good ones. I am so grateful to her for all she's done for me and I will miss her.
I am sure all of you who knew her in person will miss her greatly.
Take good care and again thank you for letting us know,
Doris _________________ Doris
I never met Marilee in person, but from her writing I will remember her as immensely kind and very much involved with life and with her friends and community.
Marilee's notes about her health made me afraid that the problems leading up to this most recent hospitalization were much worse than they had been before, and I worried that we would lose her soon but hoped that I was wrong. I am so sad to learn that she has passed on. Better to know than to wonder, though, so thank you for passing along the information.
My sympathies to Marilee's family and close friends. I hope that the good feelings from having had her in your life will be stronger than the sadness at losing her.
I never met Marilee in person because there was an ocean between us, but I knew her for many years as a valued member of the Usenet group rec.arts.sf.composition. Her comments on works in progress and SF in general added to the richness of the discussion. Later, I followed her posts on LiveJournal.
Her latest posts were worrying because her health seemed to be declining rapidly. I was sad to learn today that my worst fears had been realised. I know that she will be sadly missed by her family and friends, both face-to-face and online.
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