I'm very sad to share that we've lost one of our own -- DigginDirt. She passed at home at the end of April, though I only just learned of her
Her real name was Kathy, and she was an archeologist by profession, and worked at Native American mounds in Kentucky. She was also active in her own
community and politics, fighting corruption and malfeasance locally. She ran for office once, and helped a colleague with their campaign for office.
She made a positive difference in her little neck of the world, and that's pretty awesome.
Like all of us, she had strong opinions! She was also very bright, thoughtful, fair and concerned with the current state of affairs in our country
and the world. I got to know her after the Bundy standoff in Oregon, and the death of LaVoy Finicum. We also shared a love for gardening --
otherwise known as playing in the dirt! -- and pets.
When my mother died, Kathy was a true friend to me, and gave me a shoulder to cry on. When her husband suffered a stroke and then passed a few weeks
later, I did my best to return the favor. She was such an amazing wife and friend to her husband, as she nursed and nurtured him for those few days
between his stroke and his passing. Even as her own heart was breaking, she knew that he would never want to subsist as a vegetable, and she accepted
his death as a blessing for him. Her love for him and what was best for him always outweighed her own heart. Her selflessness at that time will
always be a source of inspiration for me.
My only consolation today is that Dirt is once again with her beloved husband, and he is once again with her. I will also be sending our (ATS)
condolences to her family, and letting them know she was appreciated and will be missed by her ATS family.
So, Dirt, this is for you. Thank you for being a wonderful friend to me personally. And thank you for being part of this amazing ATS family and
helping make it what it is. You are and will be missed. Rest in peace, Dirt.
ETA: I posted a message to the memorial page her family set up:
From Kathy's online "family" at ATS, our love and prayers and condolences to her family and friends. She was a valued member of our community and
her wisdom will be missed. Brightest blessings to all of her loved ones -- Bo and the ATS community
FYI: I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, but probably won't comment much (if at all). I would rather let everyone's beautiful and heartfelt words
shine on their own as a tribute to DigginDirt. I think we all agree she deserves that honor.
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