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Lily - “Professionals” fandom has suffered a great loss...

I was really hoping the outcome would be different... We all knew how very ill Lily was, but she’d survived the odds before and we all hoped the same thing would happen again. It was not to be. Lily passed away on June 13 and a linchpin of Southern California fandom and “Professionals” fandom is now gone.

I was talking to a friend the other night. We were reminiscing about everything that Lily did for fandom over the years. Lily was such a key person in welcoming fans - whether brand new fans, or people like me who moved here from somewhere else. All those wonderful parties she held! I met so many people over the years at her parties who became good friends.

Lily was instrumental in getting me into Professionals fandom. This was the late '80s. I’d been injured in a car accident, and was off work for four months. I was ready for a new fandom, and Lily was right there with three to four feet of reading material – Professionals circuit stories. I read my way through Lily’s Pros circuit library that summer. I’ll always remember her generosity to a fan new to the area.

Lily was one of the people in this world who excelled in getting people together and making those crucial connections that keep fandom going. She will be sorely missed.

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