Maryann Murtha

 

In Memoriam ...by Paige Schoolcraft..

Maryann was one of the first people I met when I got involved in the KF:TLC fandom back in 1999. She was in the middle of posting her epic "Survival Instincts" on one of the old lists and I emailed her to let her know how much I was enjoying it.  Things went from there and we became great friends, talking on IM three or four times a week, sometimes more.  I never realized how close you could get to someone without actually meeting them until my friendship with Maryann.  We were the same age and had so much in common, things that went beyond the show.  She was smart, funny, stubborn, and passionate, and could think faster on her feet than just about anyone I ever met.  

She was diagnosed with breast cancer not long after we became friends.  It went into remission for a couple of years, but came back with a vengeance in the fall of 2003.  She was just 37 when she passed away on January 16, 2004.  Her death left a big hole in my heart that will never completely heal.  I still want to IM her whenever I read a story on the list that I know she would have liked or see a post I know she would have disagreed with.

At the time of her death, she was in the middle of writing "End Game", the last installment of her Fallout trilogy, which was part of an elaborate AU she had created.  Sadly, she never had a chance to finish it.  She had such exciting long-term plans for the characters - Bartlett Stiles was going to escape from prison and kidnap Peter; Peter was going to have a breakdown, but would recover and finally get with Jody; Kermit and Karen were going to get married; Skalany was going to break up with Caine and become involved with Jake Hellstrom, the man who raised Kermit's son, Jim;  Jim and Kelly were going to eventually get married and have a child, uniting the Blaisdell and Griffin families forever; Todd and Carolyn were going to get divorced.  I truly regret that she never had the opportunity to complete her stories.  However, her completed work will live on and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.