Updated with information about memorial gatherings. See bottom of post.
I learned the other day that a writer for Frighten the Horses, Tanya Dewhurst, died by her own hand on Dec. 24.
Tanya wrote dispatches from London and from San Francisco for FTH. She was a charming, bubbly person and an entertaining writer. When she and a girlfriend visited me and Cris, we took a walk to a local church where parishioners claimed to have seen an apparition of Mary. We stood for a moment looking at the splotch on a piece of copper roofing, and then Tanya blurted out to the small crowd that had gathered: “Why, it looks just like a NAKED LADY.” This was even more hilarious because of her strong Australian accent.
Here is the announcement of her death from Facebook. (Since I’m not a Facebook member, I can’t see the page or the material on it. Someone in her network sent me this text.)
To all of Tanya’s FB friends i couldn’t contact personally, Im sorry your are finding out this way. It is with immense sadness I let you know Tanya ended her life on December 24, 2014. Tanya was funny, clever, generous, loving and most of all- hell on wheels.She was my best friend for 20 years and i will miss her every day as i know so many of you will.
some folks have asked about donations in her name- as you know she was passionate about marine preservation, particularly sea turtles and sharks. I would suggest the turtle island restoration project (seaturtles.org) or check here http://ecosalon.com/10-ocean-conservation-groups-making-a-…/
Her friends in LA will eventually be holding a memorial, and i suggest those of you elsewhere do the same or simply raise a glass to Tanya’s beautiful spirit and her passage to her next destination.
Update: Here is information about gatherings to remember Tanya, in L.A. and in Australia.
Los Angeles, Feb. 7, 2015. Information here.
Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 21, 2015. Contact https://www.facebook.com/amy.blake.1447
Perth, Australia, Jan. 31, 2015. Contact https://www.facebook.com/shannon.bedford1