Timeout for a Friend


I’m somewhat gutted. I just received news that a friend passed away. She was a sweet, articulate person, and these are some of her last words to me and heavily edited for obvious reasons, but I wanted to share them because she had her life and this Richard Armitage thing in perspective:

Dear Lisa,

Thank you so much for your blog. I’ve got lots I want to say to you, but for now this will do.


The Richard Armitage thing was and is the part of me that isn’t the responsible, brave, hard working me. It’s the girlish me that’s still there, that loves silliness and sexiness and lovely men.



I think she would have been fine with this portion of the letter being posted. She’s at rest now but will be sorely missed. And may all of us retain our inner girl!

I will keep her family in my prayers.


  1. This news just devastates and saddens me…..

  2. Holding my dear RA friends in my heart …

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. :( You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. I appreciate that. Please pray for this woman’s family. She left a husband and a child behind.

  5. Reblogged this on diaryofacurlyhairedgirl and commented:
    RIP, Anna. You are missed.

  6. I’m so sorry Frenz. From what you shared she seemed like a lovely person.

  7. A sweet tribute for a beautiful & brave lady. Seeing her words there gives me a little smile amongst my tears tonight. Thanks for sharing them :)

  8. Tears are streaming down my face, I’m in my office and I don’t care who sees me. Anna was so very brave, we clicked straight away even our birthdays were only two days apart. We had the most amazing time in NZ, Team Thorin lives on dear Anna thanks to you my dear sweet, kind and crazy Kiwi friend ♥

  9. I am so sorry for your loss–losing a friend is always devastating, but losing an RA friend puts a sad hole in our little created universe. Bless her and I wish you ease in the days to come.

  10. So sorry for your loss..may she rest in peace and her family and friends find peace in their sorrow. Bless you all.

  11. Prayers for her family and you.

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  13. So sorry for the loss of your dear friend. My sincere condolences to you and her family.

  14. I’m off to bed, but I appreciate all of the condolences and spread them to others who are feeling the grief.

  15. I am truly saddened to hear of the loss of Anna. I didn’t know her well, but I recall the excitement of getting to meet Richard In Wellington and the sweet message she shared with us all, that RA’s lovely smile was for all of us. May God give you peace and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  16. As a relative newbie to RA fandom, I remember reading the message about RA’s smile being for all of us, and it made such an impact on me. I thought about it when Meri & Bec met him in Sydney and how they were us and of course he was happy to see them because they did us proud. Rest in peace, Anna, who I didn’t know myself and peace to her family and friends. So sorry for your loss, Frenz.

  17. Thank you for sharing her words, I will treasure the contact I had with her via RA but beyond, she also loved Garrow’s Law with Andrew Buchan. RIP Anna!!

  18. Heartfelt prayers for her family and everyone who has been touched by her presence. I still remember her account of Wellington and how the words about RA’s smiling at all of us made a huge impact to me because it showed me her heart more than anything.

  19. This is so sad. I remember her generosity in sharing her trip to Wellington and getting to meet RA, but most of all sharing his smile with us which was such a sweet thing to do. I lift up her loved ones in prayer — I know they must be devastated.

  20. It was only as I scrolled down that I realised your friend and the lovely person who said that Richard’s smile was for us all, are one and the same. I didn’t know her, but from that one sentence of her’s alone, which had a huge impact on me, it was easy to see the kind of person she was. We are the poorer for her loss. My heart goes out to her loved ones and those whose lives she touched.

  21. I’m so sorry to hear this, but so glad Anna got to celebrate in NZ. My condolences to her family.

  22. This fan club is a bunch of wonderful people.

  23. J, I have to agree with you.

  24. So sorry to hear we’ve lost a fellow fan friend. She sure let her light shine in sharing her unselfish vision of the spirit of our fandom, which unites us all. We’re there for Richard and we’re there for each other, just as Richard hoped we’d be.

  25. This is so sad!
    I hadn’t known Anna but she seemed to be a lovely person.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and with all her friends

  26. Very sad news (((Frenz)))
    I remember Anna’s generous massage from Wellington,very well.
    I hope that her family finds so much-needed consolation.
    RIP Anna!

  27. Even though I hadn’t really known Anna, it is still shock somehow and I feel for you in your loss. I now realize who she was and that makes it even more of a blow as she was one of us I was actually looking at that very picture only this afternoon. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that my prayers are with you and also with her family.

  28. Wise words from lovely Anna: the ‘girlish me that’s still there’. Blessings to her family.

  29. I remember reading and commenting on that report – and being struck how generous she was at passing on the smile to us. A sad loss.

  30. So sad to hear the news of Anna’s passing. We exchanged messages on Twitter and I remember her as a lovely lady. Rest in Peace Anna x

  31. My condolences to her family and friends. Sad to lose a fellow fan.

  32. Anna was very kind to share her wonderful experience in meeting Richard Armitage with all of us. We are all sisters in our community of Richard Armitage admirers–coming from varied backgrounds and life experiences to join together in our sharing. And our friendships are very dear. You and Servetus have my sympathies on the loss of your friend, Anna. And my thoughts and prayers go out to Anna’s family and friends.

  33. So sad to hear that our small community has lost one of our colors, but surely a new place is more colorful.

  34. Be at peace, Anna.
    My heart goes out to those who loved her.
    And to our community … :(

  35. I remember reading the blogpost where she told us to take Another look at the photo and know that Richard smiled at each of us. I loved that blogpost. It made me come a bit closer to being there thru her.
    And I loved her for telling me (and all of us) that he smiled at me (us) and I felt it!

    Reading this news now makes me so sad!
    She will be missed!
    And I keep her husband and child in my thoughts and prayers.

    Anna was an angel on Earth. So generous, caring and sweet.

  36. So sorry to hear of the passing of an obviously wonderful person. I am so new to the world of blogs but her words will stay with me and remind me to keep in touch with the “girlish me” that is definitely still around. God bless all of you really cool people on your loss of a friend and co-admirer.

  37. Purple petunias…not sure why, but when I saw them today, I thought of a lady I don’t know…who is now gone. And will be missed. Purple petunias for Anna now wait to be planted. Thanks Frenz!

  38. What a wonderful idea to plant something in memory of Anna. Now I feel the need to do something similar – and I love petunias. Bless you for sharing this.

  39. That is a great idea–my housemate came home with a number of seed packets last week that I haven’t decided where to plant yet–I should choose one to plant in her memory.

  40. I will miss Anna. She was a kind, generous and funny and it was such a shock yesterday to find out she is gone. Her meet up at the airport with Kelly was such good fun to witness on twitter. Thinking of her husband and daughters now.

  41. I am sorry to hear of Anna passing. Prayers to her family as they go though a hard time. I will always remember her sharing her lovely piece and RA s smile.

  42. I’m so sorry, Frenz! *hugs*

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