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Article ID: 4874
Age Group: Adult
Posted: July 11th. 1999
by Pagan Communities
Devastating news was emailed to us from Melinda Kelly a couple of days ago. With her permission and that of other members of this group we sadly convey the following news (from Rhiannon)
In loving memory of Her Priestess, Sandy Kopf and in support of Doug Kopf, I am forwarding this to you. Our Beloved Priestess, Sandy Kopf, crossed over to the Loving Arms of the Goddess on July 11, 1999, as a result of a severe car accident. Her husband and Priest, Doug, is in intensive care in the hospital and will be there for several months. He has a broken vertebrae in his neck, several broken ribs and a damaged spleen. Because of the length of his expected stay in the hospital, he will be financially pressed and will need help to restart his life. Southern California Local Council (SCLC) Covenant of the Goddess has established a bank account/fund for Doug Kopf.
Anyone who wishes to contribute to this fund can send contributions to Garth Garrett, the Pursewarden of SCLC, at the following address: Garth Garrett, 1014 Toledo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042. Contributions should be made payable to Covenant of the Goddess, and on the note line "for the Doug Kopf Fund." You may be assured that all of the contributions will be held in the account for Doug when he comes home.
There will be a public ritual on Sunday, July 25, at 1:00 pm at La Cresenta Park, Sandy's favorite park, in the Los Angeles/Glendale/Tujunga area. The ritual is being performed by the Southern California Local Council of CoG and the Coven Ashesh Hekat. Please bring food. Additionally, we are asking for copies of any pictures you have of Sandy. Please bring them. We will be preparing a picture album for Sandy's family.
If you are interested in attending this ritual, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE RSVP to us at DancerandDance@earthdome.com.
This info was submitted to us by Rhiannon Apona and Shakti Ravensong (Acting Co-First Officers, SCLC) Email: DancerandDance@earthdome.com Website: http://pages.ivillage.com/misc/melinda_kelly/index.html (Melinda)
The Witches' Voice extends our deepest regrets to Doug and the friends and family of Sandy Kopf.
Today we received this sad piece of email from Metalligoth.
Grechon Leigh has recently passed away. He was the founder of SageTree, Inc., a powerful source of strength for the pagan community in Michigan. (Posted by Christine Potter on July 18, 1999 at 23:28:23): Services will be held for Grechon at Peterson's Funeral Home at 205 E. Cass Street in Cadillac, Michigan. For those who wish to attend the schedule is as follows: Monday visitation 7-9pm Tuesday afternoon (not sure but think 2-4pm) and 7-9pm Funeral service on Wednesday at 2pm For those who wish to send flowers to the funeral home, Paul's favorite flower was Lilly of the Valley. I believe cards can also be sent to his widow, Nadea Fuzi, in care of the funeral home. For more information visit www.sagetree.org
The big news of the weekend is the tragic disappearance of John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife and sister in law while on route to Massachusetts. His plane is presumed down at sea and their friends and family anxiously await news of their final fate. The Kennedys of Massachusetts have been staunch supporters of not only First Amendment rights, but of minority and gay rights as well. Along with the rest of nation, we send them our prayers.
The Passing of An Elder: Annette Hinshaw
On Monday, 22 Feb 99 at 4 PM, Annette Hinshaw died in the St Francis Hospital in Tulsa of cancer. She had been fighting it 4 years. Her indomitable courage stood even a half hour before she slipped into the final coma.
Her wish was to be buried facing east, in the simplest coffin possible, directly on the dirt. She wished to return to the Earth as soon as may be.
Annette was a Board Member of the Pagan Educational Network and a member of the Earth Spirituality Based Around Tulsa (ESBAT) and the Witch and Pagan Press Alliance.
She maintained a local/regional e-mail list of almost 100 people, mostly in Oklahoma, for posting notices and items of general interest. Annette also published an annual calendar of local events and was an active religious rights defender.
Annette wrote many articles for pagan magazines and produced "handbooks" and brochures with wonderful information for pagans on many subjects.
But that doesn't even begin to tell you who Annette Hinshaw was or how much she will be missed. Stephanie Urquhart has written the following tribute:
How do you go on when someone so dependable and steadfast is gone?
I imagine that if the New Agers are right and some enlightened souls stay here to teach, Annette Hinshaw must be one of those souls. I meet many people who claim to have great knowledge, and yet this woman was much more interesting than any High Priestess or Guru. I found myself always wanting to sit at her feet. Annette always smelled of books and paper, my two most favorite smells in the world.
I imagine that if the Celtic Pagans are right, and she has gone to the Summer Land. She's probably telling the Morrigu bedtime stories. I have met many people who claim to be positive, happy people, and yet this woman was one of a few who could soothe me and calm me at my worst. Although I never did it, I always wanted to lay my head in her lap.
But knowing Annette, I can almost hear her say, "They're all right, " and she will travel along many trails, seeing all there is to see. She will be the heavenly tourist representing all that is good of humankind despite our own good intentions and tons of concrete mix.
I can almost see her in my minds eye, walking along the chalk cliffs in England explaining to Herne why Americans are so psychotic about sex, in terms of social conditioning of course. No doubt she would enumerate to Aradia just what Jesse Helms' redeeming qualities are. If anyone could find such qualities, it would be Annette. And when you look up into the sky and see a terrible storm coming that seems to just putter out; no doubt Annette's up there telling Thor some horrible joke that involves Ice Giants, a great Dane and a banana, and she would just to save your car from getting hail damage.
While Annette was here, she did her best to help Pagans define community and then live up to that definition. She represented us with dignity and maturity which helped many people to see Pagans as regular human beings. She kept the community connected through a Calendar of events and e-mail list. She held workshops and even wrote a couple of books, her second book is to be out this spring. She worked for several organizations over the years, PEN (Pagan Education Network), WADL, and even did me a favor or two for the Military Pagan Network. No doubt her presence will be sorely missed at the Spirit of Spring gatherings in Oklahoma.
Annette was a quiet force to be reckoned with. Her knowledge and logic would outweigh any blustery noise made by opposing forces, and her patience would wear stone away like it was sand.
Maybe one day we will meet again.
My deepest condolences to her husband Lou and her son Mike.
Stephanie Urquhart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We at TWV join with Stephanie in wishing Annette "Good Journey" and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family, her associates and friends and to all who shall miss her unwavering and guiding light.
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