I am sorry to hear of the passing away of Marlis. She struck me as a warm and friendly soul in my brief interaction with her, when I was more active in the off topic forum.
Wishing her family and friends strength to get through this difficult period.
I know how old this thread is but I felt it worthy of updating for Marlis' sake. Peter was contacted by one of Marlis' old friend's daughter. Marlis' friend (and daughter) just recently heard of her passing. (They lost touch when Marlis emigrated to Bonaire.) I was asked if I would respond to the contact - ABSOLUTELY!
Marlis' friend is looking for information about her and the types of relationships she had with us. Anything to fill in some of the lost years/gaps. I know the relationship I had with Marlis and can tell those stories. But, if any of you have special things/remembrances to share, please write them here or send a PM to me. I thank you in advance.
I understand losing touch (even with living friends and family), then reconnecting. I'd like to help Marlis' friends to feel they have learned new, friendly and loving things about her during the time she was one of us.
Again, thank you.
I wasn't as close to Marlis as many of you were, but I always remember her for her kindness, good humour and love of life. She was one of those rare people who made it a point to go out and do things, instead of just talking about them. She set big personal goals and was proud of achieving them--and happy to share her stories. You couldn't help but admire her lust for life, and she made you want to go out and do the same. I hope I age as gracefully and as in love with life as Marlis did.
For me, the relationship was one with cheerful banter, exchanging of stories and random observations. I still miss her constructive feedback on my photos, she took so many fantastic images and had a fabulous eye that i always sought her opinion and feedback... and i totally appreciated it ..
I regularly had contact by PM's with her, also about the moderating of photos, which she did together with me.
But the best memory I have of her was the online photos / greeting cards we have send to eachother over the years. Whether from Bonaire or Antarctica, they were always fantastic. And the details like the 'german written' English (and me with my Dutch English probably lol) in here sentences are small weird things I will never forget. I still regret not going to Bonaire and meet her in real life.
Also a nice way of remembering here is checking photos of her here online, many of them are in the country galleries (featured) and in the travelguide articles, like the one of Bonaire!