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My Mom Was a Geek’s Best Friend



Just a quick note, update and word of thanks here. Many GBM readers have been following my mother’s battle with cancer since last December. She finally completed her journey Thursday morning September 30 at 2:39AM. I and my sisters were with her when the end came. It was both a heart rending and beautiful moment. Mom was this geek’s best friend on a number of levels. Not because she understood any of the things that I write and talk about here on GBM. She didn’t. But because she loved seeing her children live their passions. She also didn’t understand much about the complexities of my life in the theatre, but she loved watching me travel through that as well. One of her many gifts, which she and my late father gave us, was their ability to encourage and love their childrens’ dreams and passions, regardless of their views about those passions.

Thanks to the many GBM readers who have offered prayers, warm thoughts, and kindness along this journey with my Mom. The comments and emails I received from many of you on the posts about her using the iPad were always shared with her through these last 9 months, and in her final days I read many of them to her again. They touched my heart and hers and for that my family is very grateful.

Her memorial service will be Monday at 2pm ET in Lovingston, VA at Wells Sheffield Funeral Home.



  1. Lorie Ghamy

    10/01/2010 at 6:27 am

    My best thoughts for you and each of your relatives…

    “…Vous resterez jeune tant que vous resterez réceptif,
    Réceptif à ce qui est beau, bon et grand,
    Réceptif aux messages de la nature, de l’homme et de l’infini…”

    Général Douglas MacArthur….
    (I remember his wife i met some years ago invited by Malcom S.Forbes for a hot baloon meeting)

  2. Dan

    10/01/2010 at 7:43 am

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. It is a difficult time and just remember that she has and will always love you.


  3. ctitanic

    10/01/2010 at 7:48 am

    Warner, my heart is with you.

  4. gEEk

    10/01/2010 at 7:57 am

    Warner, I offer my heartfelt condolences. The friendship you describe is an amazing gift. God Speed to your family.

  5. Ronald A. Dowty

    10/01/2010 at 8:02 am

    My condolences. You’re Mom seemed like a great lady.

  6. asiriusgeek

    10/01/2010 at 8:34 am

    Warner: my sympathy on your mother’s passing. I hope that all of your fond memories will ease your family’s sorrow.

  7. archiwiz

    10/01/2010 at 9:02 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s passing Warner. My heart and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve her loss. It was always so sweet to see how you loved and cared for your mother. You’re a great example and I hope your memories of her give you and your family peace in this time.

  8. Joe

    10/01/2010 at 9:54 am

    Our condolences to you and your family.

  9. dstrauss

    10/01/2010 at 10:36 am

    Warner – condolences and prayers for your loss – but it is easy to see the good works she did in the man her son became. God speed.

  10. Kathy Jacobs

    10/01/2010 at 11:26 am

    Your mom is in a pain free place now – and that’s a well deserved rest for her. She will be missed by you and many others. We have all shared in her battle, as well as your sorrows and joys as she went through it. Her willingness to let you share her battle touched many of us.

    Bruce and I send thoughts of strength and peace to you and your sisters as you mourn her loss.

  11. Brian Kinzie

    10/01/2010 at 12:06 pm

    My deepest sympathies for you and your family.

  12. CLC

    10/01/2010 at 1:33 pm

    I’m sad to hear that your mother has passed away. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Roger J

    10/01/2010 at 2:20 pm


    Thank you for sharing this experience in the way you have. It reminded me of 16 years ago my own dear Dad passed away wrapped in my arms, it was a privilege to be there.

    The good memories you have shared in your witness will sustain you and your own family through the days ahead.

    God Bless You.

  14. Kevin N

    10/01/2010 at 2:24 pm

    My condolences. I’m glad to hear she enjoyed life and her family so much, and was able to give so much.

  15. Gary Harrison

    10/01/2010 at 5:41 pm

    Warner, our family’s deepest sympathies on your lost. Losing your mom is one of the hardest of losses. You are all in our prayers.

  16. Tablet Teacher (KP)

    10/01/2010 at 9:45 pm

    Warner, my thoughts and prayers are with you and will continue to be at this time.


  17. Toby

    10/02/2010 at 2:51 am

    Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  18. Eve

    10/02/2010 at 6:09 am

    i loved your article about your mom and the ipad – i’m sorry to hear about her passing.

  19. Cliff Richardson

    10/02/2010 at 8:54 am

    My condolences to you an your family.

  20. HG

    10/02/2010 at 9:36 am

    Warner, my condolences to you and your family. Our prayers for you and your family. Your mom is now in a better place. Thanks for sharing your good times with your family and us GBM readers.

  21. Benz145

    10/03/2010 at 7:08 pm

    My thoughts, and those of many others, are with you Warner.


  22. Paul Harrigan

    10/05/2010 at 1:05 am

    Warner, my most sincere condolences to you and your family.

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