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Our beloved Chan
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Please take a moment and share with your fellow fans
any thoughts or stories you may have about Chan.

Claire     2/12/2011 3:24:13 AM
Dear Chan,
I am grateful for our few exchanges (actually not so few) that were always most meaningful and helpful. I will only say this: I'll remember.

underthepark     2/6/2011 11:17:06 AM
I did not know Chan, I missed the opportunity last Winterfest - my first, because I only lurked. But I have seen her pictures, have heard a lot of stories about her - she must have been such a special, talented and lifeloving person. Your spirit surrounds us.

Arwen Bauer     2/5/2011 1:12:33 PM
Sandy was a founding member of our MI B&B group, and I was priviliged to know her from 1989. When she came to the Christmas meeting in Dec. 2009 I never dreamed it would be the last time I saw her- but I'll always remember & treasure her friendship.

Aurea Andino     2/4/2011 9:07:19 PM
Once during one of our frequent long phone chats we were discussing religion Chan said, "Father Sky and Mother Earth," are good enough for me referring to her Native American roots. I know that Chan is in their gentle embrace and I will find her in all the things and places she loved. I treasured our friendship and she will live in my heart forever.

Amy     2/2/2011 10:39:53 AM San diego, you were with us all, arms embraced, smiles a plenty, your laughter mixed with ours, memories of you filled the room as we all cried tears of happy times with you, i know you were there in the room Chan...we felt your presence there....for you live on in all our hearts for always.x Miss youx

Cyndi     2/1/2011 3:39:06 PM
Last year, Just after Winterfest Chan fell ill. I pulled out my
Winterfest Candle then and lit it every night for Chan. I still have that

and last July, I packed it in a gold colored jewelry gift box, that seemed
to have been made just for it, I brought it to San Diego, to be lit during
our candle lighting ceremony. It is a little bit smaller now but has many
more glowing days left to it, so I decided to, once again remove it from
it's special box, and light it today, for Chan. I can never think of
Winterfest without thinking of Chan and all that she has given to us all. So I

keep this candle in memory of her. My words are simple, not as eloquent as
some, but they come from my heart. Those of you that have a Winterfest
candle, I would encourage you to take it from your own memory box and light it
for Chan. Let it's warmth and light shine in her memory.

PatK     1/31/2011 7:35:51 AM
Chan was so much a part of our lives that it's hard to believe that we can still go on without her here. But then, I realize she is still here. She is everywhere in fandom -- in art, t-shirts, memories. I look around my house and see her art and I know that her spirit is still with me. But the lack of her physical presence is still a hole in our hearts. I can talk to her but she can't answer. I think back to a New Year's Eve that I spent on chat with Chan, Aurea and a couple other people. That was my best New Year's Eve ever. Chan you will always be missed.

daria     1/31/2011 12:51:40 AM
i met Chan in Los Angeles, my first convention. She was a river - calm on the surface but roiling and frantic underneath. She was a friend to so many and an inspiration to everyone she met. Her voice was strong but never pushy. She led by example. Her words to me were always kind, guiding and supportive - as every 5 year old teacher should be. We miss you Chan. Thank you for everything.

Tweetie Lynn     1/30/2011 8:47:29 PM
I never had the chance to meet you Chan. But I felt your spirit. I was a quiet behind the scenes person on the bbtv list 2007/2008, but I knew who you were. I would read people's posts and try to say things, but my voice was too quiet back then. But I knew of your art, your youthful and funny postings, your website. I remember that wonderful photo you drew of Vincent in blue marker on the Tunnel much talent. I remember your art everywhere . It's such a big part of fandom ! What you have contributed in your life and in fandom will always be remembered ! I am glad Providence brought me back stronger and better to the B&B group. It's A Special Thing to be Part of Keeping The Dream Alive !! Thank You for your part. God Bless You...

Aliset     1/30/2011 4:57:27 PM
Last year was my first WFOL. I was off work and home sick when I entered a chat room to find Chan and another woman talking. She said something about the need to encourage other artists to take over from her when she was the time, I didn't think anything of it except to remark what a truly warm statement that was. It wasn't long after that that she left us.

I didn't know her personally---I don't even remember if I said anything in that one chat. But I own several pieces of her art which hang above my computer as I write my stories, providing endless inspiration. She was a rare and gracious spirit and her presence has been greatly missed.

Mini     1/30/2011 3:31:37 PM
At our last Con I got as many of Chan's BatB T-Shirts as I could find as well as a couple of pieces of her artwork. I wear her T-Shirts daily, my way of handling my grief, and I feel as though I have a little bit of our dear Chan with me and watching over me. I didn't get the chance to know Chan as intimately a many did but I still remember the first time I introduced myself to her and received one of her wonderful hugs. I hold that memory close to my heart. Chan's presence in our lives is dearly missed.

Rosemarie S.     1/30/2011 2:39:59 PM
I remember that post (shown here in the tribute)-at last WFOL - about encouraging other artists who will "fill the void" when she retires from drawing. That comment struck me as odd and gave me a weird feeling - at the time I wasn't sure why. The idea of Fandom without her and her art just seemed ridiculous somehow. I wanted to respond, "Chan, don't say that!" But then decided not to at the last minute. It's hard to believe it's been almost a year...Miss you, Chan, but your Spirit will always be a part of us.

Sharon Ostrander     1/30/2011 12:20:05 PM
Chan put a paintbrush back in my hand, I have been painting since...she has changed my life forever, "for good". Thank you B&B for keeping her alive. Your fandom made her complete, she loved you all, you changed her "for good"

Cordi     1/30/2011 10:16:24 AM
I'm from Germany and found back to BatB after 20 years so surprised we have a fandom in here and much more outside. From my beginnings joining the outside fandom sides or WFOL I fell in love with Chans art ... so beautiful. She really was a great artist and from what I've read throughout the fandom it's a great loss - not even for her family. She must have been a wonderful person and this is a phantastic way to keep her remembered. I'll like to go through all her work to find what I missed.
My condolences to her family!

Deb...for Amy     1/30/2011 9:07:41 AM
Amy, if you come back to this guest book, just so you know, Bubba continues to travel from convention to convetion. At the last convention that Chan attended in New Orleans, Bubba caused more than a few of the waite staff to almost have a heart attack and in San Diego several of the hotel staff had their picture make with him.

RomanticOne     1/29/2011 11:23:27 PM
No one could capture them like Chan. Hope her family chooses to share more of her art with us.

Amy Shelton     1/29/2011 10:16:42 PM
One more thought-
To whomever inherited Bubba-
If you have children please know that it is creapy to move him around the house, leaving him in life-like poses on chairs and landings. I never did get used to coming home walking around a corner and finding Bubba sitting in a chair facing the door-wall gazing out at the backyard.

Amy Shelton     1/29/2011 9:41:53 PM
This week, one year ago was the last time I was able to see, hear and hug my mom. It has been a very hard year. But when I need to see her, when I need to know she's ok and that she's not been forgotten I can watch the dedications that her friends have made and know that she knew how much she was loved, is loved, and will always be loved.
I know the story about the little girl, Chan (Tunnel Brat) would have made her glow.
I don't know what we would have done if we wouldn't have had the help and support of our town and drom her B&B friends.
Now, almost a year later, we're still lost but each of us seems to be hanging in, holding on, and finding a way.
In the hospital I did read as many of the emails as I could to her, and Dad wanted so badly to have her back up and around at least in time for last year convention. Our family might not have known many of you personally, but we knew how much you all meant to her, what a big part of her heart you all held.
I thank each of you for loving her out loud. I know she knew she was very well loved.

FoxySonia     1/29/2011 8:03:50 PM
Chan, I'm sorry I never got to meet you in person and we only got to chat briefly at last year's Winterfest (a couple of times in Simple Chat Room and in Skype), but you were friendly and helpful and from what I learned about you from all the people who knew and loved you, I know I would have loved being your friend too. You were such an amazing person, so caring and generous, so talented and hardworking, so kind and helpful with everyone you met, such a wonderful personality and sense of humor, you won the heart of all who knew you. You will be remembered always thanks to the legacy you left with your beautiful artwork and all you did for the Beauty and the Beast fandom. Thank you for all your contributions and the hearts and lives you touched and helped make a little better. May God bless you and keep you safe until you can be reunited with all your friends and family. I hope I'll get to meet you someday.

Carrie     1/29/2011 8:02:53 PM
Chan is greatly missed

Elaine     1/29/2011 4:57:42 PM
I didn't get to know you for very long. I came late to the party, it seems. But you made me instantly at home, drew me right into the circle. Always a project afoot and a warm and welcoming smile. A central figure in the group who always had time to reach out to the fringes. I will always remember your cheerful face, your quick wit, your kindness and your so impressive talent. Because we knew you, we are stronger, better, happier and closer. We miss you daily, but we know that you are a part of us forever.

valjean     1/29/2011 4:43:59 PM
Chan, I never knew you until your life was celebrated at the San Diego con in 2010. Your beautiful art will live forever! Be well in the Forever and bless us all ~

Deb     1/29/2011 3:47:00 PM
Oh, Chan, how I wish you didn't have to go. I just knew you would "pull through" somehow. You are still such a force in fandom and we miss your physical presence so much. Just watching the tribute vids brings tears to my eyes, even the one I made, LOL. I remember at the CO con at your and Aurea's room party, I was using your computer for something. I kept pushing buttons and you looked up over the top of your glasses and said, "give it a minute." After just a little while, I started pushing buttons again, and you just looked up over the top of your glasses and said, "give it a minute." You weren't angry or emotional at all, just imformative, kind and patient. I am proud to call you my friend. I know where ever you are, you are patiently and kindly guiding someone by simply looking up over your glasses and saying, "give it a minute."

Sandy2     1/29/2011 3:09:04 PM
Chan, I think of you as I go about my regular, ordinary days. Like JoAnn I find myself talking to you and asking your advise. The pain of your loss is a bit softer and I can look back at the good times and smile more but the loss is always still there in the back of my mind and it comes to the front at times like this. You are my mentor, my friend, my big sister. We will all go on without your physical presence and follow the examples you set for us but there will always be an empty seat and a place that you will always fill in our hearts.

Joan     1/29/2011 2:24:46 PM
Fandom has lost a great artist. I enjoyed being her friend. I will miss her at the cons.

JoAnn Baca     1/29/2011 10:11:28 AM
Chan, I miss you every day!! You have always been an inspiration - you worked harder than anyone at so many conventions, you created so much beauty for us all, your kindnesses were too many to count, your wisdom was legendary, your integrity was beyond reproach, your love for Vincent and Catherine and the world of Beauty and the Beast was so deep.... Trying to live up to your example is impossible, but I hope we carry on in a way that makes you proud of us. The grief of your passing is still raw, but we're learning to be strong. Thank you, Chan, for sharing your light with us.

Cyndi     1/29/2011 8:03:38 AM
Chan touch a very special place, in all of our hearts, through her art, through her laughter, and her love. She will always be a star shining down upon us and reflected in our mirror pool.

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