Tonight the Endor Base lost one of our own. Chanel Vanecek (Padme_Skywalker) died from two heart attacks and a stroke. She was a wonderful costumer and sweet person. She touched the lives of any she met. She had a light you rarely find that touches every soul with joy and a sense of innocence that only childhood brings. I didn't know her for very long, but what I knew, I liked. I will never forget meeting her at WonderCon last year. How she welcomed me into her group with open arms. She taught me the ways of the fan groups and I will miss her. It is hard to imagine going to another convention and not seeing her there. Hard to think that if I write her a Private Message or e-mail, she won;t answer.
For those who knew Chanel: take time to reflect on your memories of her.
The Legion has lost a truly wonderful person, she will be missed.
The 501st is working on a college fund for Chanel's daughter. For more information visit goldengategarrison.com or the San Francisco Fan Force boards.
The Force will be with you Chanel, always.