Subject: Our Anita Joins the Ancestors
Having returned from a fruitful annual AAHGS conference it is a surprise, to
read email, that one of the powerful personalities behind many aspects of
Afrigeneas, the mail list and the SURNAME Database, has left our immediate
community and has made her final transition.
Though losing someone close to us is painful, I had the honor yesterday at
the conference to demonstrate in a workshop some features of the Surname
Database from the Afrigeneas site. Anita Willis devoted her last 8 years to
making the database what it is. I am comforted that I was able to share with
persons in that workshop the power of what her work has done. While she
slipped away from us, her work was continuing, and we can all be comforted
that her labor was not in vain.
Anita remains with us and what she has left with us was being demonstrated on
the day of her transition to others who had not used it before. Her legacy
was and is a strong one and on the very day that she left us, others were
being exposed to the fruits of her labor, and will be able to continue their
research with this wonderful tool and gift to Afrigeneas.
Thank you Anita-----your influence upon our lives gets stronger, and perhaps
you, and Dee, who also recently left us, can enjoy a cup of tea together, and
occasionally send us a few clues to those elusive ancestors, to the whom we
seek, and in whose presence you now walk.
The Afrigeneas community feels you with us, and each time we utilize what you
have brought forth on the Afrigeneas site, you can feel smiles back from our
hearts to you.