Saying Goodbye

Our RWA chapter lost a lovely person and no matter how you prepare for this, it still hits so very, very hard.  Donnell Epperson was such a vibrant, loving member of our group and her fight with cancer inspired members to join the walks for a cure. It inspired me to create Cafe press items like this one. I don’t wear pink, so this was a joke between us-only she could get me to wear the color.

 We all surprised her by wearing these at one of our writer’s retreats. The proceeds from the sale went to the Susan Komen Foundation. 

Here is one of my favorite images of us together.  It’s at the hat party our RWA chapter held before she started her chemo treatments.  I did get her a cute hat, but to make her laugh, I brought her this, too.  It worked. She cracked up and walked around in it. 

And I love this shot of her sitting across from me at the RWA convention in Dallas.  Just. Love. It. We’re going to miss you so much, Donnell.


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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4 Responses to Saying Goodbye

  1. Christy says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Donnell. Although I didn’t know her that well, I truly enjoyed the weekend retreat with her and the other OK-RWA members a few years ago. She had such a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. The world is a sadder place for her loss.

  2. J.F. Cossey says:

    Rinda, I’m so sorry for your loss. I just lost my best friend to cancer on January 31st, she was only 43. My heart goes out to Donnell’s family, both in blood and in ink. (I’m Bonnie Ferguson’s sister).

  3. relliott4 says:

    J. F. , I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. Donnell was only 49. This has just crushed us here. We all loved her so much.

    I hope you find some peace. Hugs.

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