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javachik - Mar 13, 2021 5:36:46 pm PST #5553 of 5558
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Hello dear ones, Smonster and I are posting in tandem - she’s covering the FB Buffista page.

Tonight around 6:15 eastern, our bright and lively and wonderful Amyth passed after several days of lying in sleeping peace. I know she meant so much to so many, both on and off this community board. She made everything richer by being part.

Love to all tonight. I’ll be lighting a candle and wearing my Star Wars hoodie from when we saw the premiere in NYC in 2015.

amyparker - Mar 20, 2021 2:18:39 pm PDT #5554 of 5558
In the end it's only ever been one step, and then the next.

Terry has shared amyth's obituary; I'm reposting here:

Amy Elizabeth Preble August 18, 1971 - March 13, 2021

Amy Preble, beloved friend, sister, sister-in-law and aunt, died on March 13 at Transitions Hospice in Raleigh of complications from leukemia. She was 49 years old.

Amy grew up in Garden City, Long Island, where she attended Sacred Heart Academy. After graduating she moved to Chapel Hill, where she attended the University of North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. Amy loved the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community and lived there for the remainder of her life. Amy was a proud feminist and advocate for women and the victims of sexual violence. She volunteered and served several terms on the board of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, including serving as its president.

A passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental stewardship, Amy worked for more than twenty years in the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling at UNC Chapel Hill, where she served as Waste Diversion Coordinator. She also chaired the Collegiate Recycling Coalition, serving multiple terms, as well as serving in leadership roles on the Carolina Recycling Association board of directors. She had only recently begun graduate work in sustainability at Appalachian State when she received her leukemia diagnosis in the fall of 2019.

Amy’s true life’s work, however, was the cultivation and nurture of her many friendships. From schoolmates at Sacred Heart and UNC, to her many colleagues in the sustainability field, to the global Buffista community (where she was known online, fittingly, as “Amyth”), Amy brought people together and kept those bonds alive. Friendship was indeed her life, and now it’s her legacy. Thanks to her, those of us left behind are blessed to have each other for comfort as we all grieve her loss. Together we remember her love of music, of books and movies, of miniature poodles, and of all things Marvel.

Amy asked that any memorial service be delayed until it is safer to gather, hopefully in the late spring or summer. In the meantime, those who wish may remember Amy with a charitable donation to the Carolina Recycling Association’s Amy Preble Scholarship Fund, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America.

smonster - Mar 23, 2021 1:45:45 pm PDT #5555 of 5558
All that and Lynda Carter too. - WindSparrow

Hi - my March fundraiser only has a few days left, and once again I have not pushed it the way I meant to. It’s been a month, but then isn’t it always? If you got your stimulus and don’t need all of it for essentials, or just have a little extra room in your budget, please consider kicking in at least $5-10. My parents gave us kids some of their stimulus so I have pledged $90. We do have a $300 match, and I hope to raise $1000 total this month.


javachik - Apr 15, 2021 1:02:29 pm PDT #5556 of 5558
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Hi everyone, Amyth left me some sentimental items to share with this community.

She bestowed a few pieces of lovely fun costume jewelry, and a few of Scola’s framed works. I hope to have enough keepsakes to send to any of you who would like a memento. You’ll be happy to know that The Corset is finding a perfect new home with Vortex.

I was going to take some photos next week of the jewelry and prints and post them to the FB page, but not everyone has an account there. So instead I’m taking a different approach. Please email me (profile addy good) if you would like to be considered for a memento. Please don’t reply to me on the board because I’m thousands of posts behind in the threads and won’t see it.

I’ll post same to FB page, and then be able to match items based on interest that way.

ETA: just realized it’s probably a good idea to put some sort of time constraint on this! Please email me by Monday April 19. Thanks!

javachik - Apr 19, 2021 10:41:49 am PDT #5557 of 5558
not to be confused with java cat

Very gentle reminder to email me today if you’d like a memento of Amyth’s.

amyparker - Apr 29, 2021 7:59:59 am PDT #5558 of 5558
In the end it's only ever been one step, and then the next.

My father is in the hospital (I jokingly said last night that it was about the only reason he'd miss our weekly call, and I have never been more sorry to be right); he was able to text me this morning from his wife's phone, and actually apologized for missing the call OMG why are we like this

Dad has metastatic prostate cancer. His scans last week were good, but.

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