She let me know that she had cervical cancer early in 2008, and apologized every time she had to be absent from the forums because of radiation or other medical reasons. Her kidneys were in bad shape, and she told us stories about how much she had to drink, and failed stents and frank, funny, heart-warming stories about the hospice she spent time in, and the various indignities of being ill. She even wrote columns for her hospice. When her doctors were unable to give her a positive prognosis, she took it in stride, and contacted me in a matter-of-fact way, making sure that we were all square in the business department, and that I would continue to leave her artwork available and pay her son any proceeds from it.
She was unbelievably strong and full of common sense in the face of pain and hardship, and remained loving and generous through everything. I will miss her and mourn her.
Her last story was in the Torn World queue, and I have posted it today. It had already been approved and was waiting for the timeline to catch up, but it doesn't actively spoil any of the other stories, and... it may be of some comfort to the people who loved her.