rainbaby RIP December 4, 2020 7:37 PM   Subscribe

Facebook had been showing me a lot of pictures of rainbaby this week, and I soon learned it was thanks to friends and family mourning her passing on Dec. 1.

Meetups in Richmond have never been well attended, and there hasn't been one since 2017, but I recall seeing rainbaby at that last one and possibly an earlier one. It feels weird being the one to share this news, as we weren't close and she hadn't been active here in several years, but the pictures in my feed tell the story of a prolific stage performer who leaves behind many, many friends.

Her obituary is here.
posted by emelenjr to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 PM (61 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Mods: I messed up that profile link. It should go here.
posted by emelenjr at 7:56 PM on December 4, 2020


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posted by Mitheral at 8:03 PM on December 4, 2020


I was not familiar with Jennifer, but as far as I am concerned, she was a MeFite, and that means she was a friend of mine.
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posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 8:15 PM on December 4, 2020 [1 favorite]


Thank you for doing this. She was a friend of mine. We met here and on metachat and then she was one of the people at bunnystock, the great metachat weekend at my house in Asheville in, hmmm, 2006 I think. Or earlier? A long time ago now. Remember when we used to go off and spend a weekend with total internet strangers who then became lifelong friends? We kept up intermittently and I last saw her in 2017 when I was stuck in Williamsburg VA for a few days. She drove down from Richmond and we spent a day visiting old house museums and complaining about the barely veiled racism - we both liked history and architecture and old furniture but not so much tour guides who refer to a “community” of people on a plantation. . .

And then we drifted off again, occasional social media commenters on each other’s lives. I was so shocked to hear of her passing. She was lovely, so smart, very perceptive and quick, a born observer. My heart goes out to her family and closer friends, this was so sudden and so devastating. Goodbye Jen, you are missed.
posted by mygothlaundry at 8:23 PM on December 4, 2020 [39 favorites]


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posted by bryon at 9:43 PM on December 4, 2020


I was very sad to hear this a couple of days ago. I didn't know rainbaby irl, but she was a radiant presence on my social media.
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posted by Frayed Knot at 6:20 AM on December 5, 2020


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I drove down from Fredericksburg to a couple of Richmond meetups (before just moving to Richmond in 2017) and although I don't specifically remember meeting her I'm going to assume I did because she sounds like the kind of person I would want to know.
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posted by valkane at 7:27 AM on December 5, 2020


Absent friends, bright in memory.
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posted by dhruva at 9:02 AM on December 5, 2020


Her mefi activity and mine didn’t overlap, but reading about her, she sounds just wonderful. Too young. My thoughts to those aching right now.
posted by obfuscation at 9:43 AM on December 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


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posted by clavdivs at 10:56 AM on December 5, 2020


So sad to hear of this. I remember her fondly from earlier MetaChat days.
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posted by Lynsey at 1:46 PM on December 5, 2020


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She was in the MeCha fantasy football league that I ran for a few years. Gone way too soon. RIP Rainbaby.
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posted by fourpotatoes at 6:26 AM on December 6, 2020


I love that her cats and dog are mentioned before her husband in her obituary. RIP, rainbaby.
posted by Orlop at 11:04 AM on December 6, 2020 [3 favorites]


I am sorry to hear this, she was always kind and interesting.

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posted by greenish at 8:01 AM on December 7, 2020


Such a loss -- she was so young.
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posted by Songdog at 8:27 PM on December 7, 2020


My deepest sympathies to her husband, Jeff, her dogs Brecht & Gratzie as well as to mygothlaundry and all who knew and loved her. Rest well, rainbaby.
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posted by Bella Donna at 1:15 PM on December 30, 2020


I love that her cats and dog are mentioned before her husband in her obituary.

It is a nice and very loving touch. My impression is that he was the one who wrote it.
posted by y2karl at 2:31 PM on December 31, 2020


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