In the current Open Thread, Kip W has some news about the late, much-missed Marilee Layman:
I just got a call from a realtor in Northern Virginia who is working for Fannie May, in regards to the effects of our late friend, Marilee Layman.
He has just come into the matter, and the apartment was foreclosed after almost a year of idleness. He called me, having found my name and number, to see if I knew what might be done about all her possessions. The place is just as she left it. Her van is parked down below. There was a note from “Rick” saying he’d shut off gas and such, but no number.
The agent, Don, doesn’t like the idea of calling a trash firm to come and treat everything as junk to be harvested, and his concern touches me — particularly as I look around me — so I would very much like the word to go out to fans, perhaps especially those in the NoVa/DC area, but to anybody with an idea of how to proceed.
My own half-baked thoughts were that we might dispose in the ordinary way of clothing and impersonal items, maybe even books. Her crafts, perhaps, could be sold and the proceeds given to charity. Her van could be donated, unless someone wants to buy it for an equitable-low amount (and the money donated to charity — medical or fannish or I don’t know what).
If anybody knows of a family or friend(s) who should benefit by this sad windfall, I’m open to suggestions. Am I in charge of this? I don’t know. Should someone else be? I’ve never done this before.
I asked Don what sort of deadline we were looking at before the wheels of bureaucracy take over. He said 30 days, 45, maybe even 60 before an edict comes down and automatic procedures kick in, so that’s not a lot of time.
I have a contact number for him. Should I run it here? Or would it be best for us to deal with him through a designated spokesperson? I’ll hang onto the number for now.
I’m not able to access Usenet at the moment. My system stopped letting me on a few months back, and I didn’t care enough to try to figure out what its problem was this time. Can someone reach Keith Lynch? He’s fairly local and helped when she was in the hospital. What other DC fan or fans would be good to talk to? Who’s Rick?
What next? I’m kind of lost here.
ps: Forgot to say that any mementos or keepsakes we might want to retain out of all this should perhaps be sold for a reasonable price and the money kicked into designated charity. I have this idea of charity in my head because maybe it seems a little ghoulish otherwise. I could be mistaken, of course, and will listen to cooler or less confused heads.
This can’t be the first time something like this has happened. Is there a manual yet?
I confess, I have even less notion of what to do than Kip does. I’m sure someone in our community does, though. Can we figure this out together?
Also, now I miss her all over again. I was just thinking about her this morning, entirely by coincidence, wondering if it had been a whole year since she passed away. Now I know.
And thank you, Kip, for taking the call and coming to the community with this. I’m sure I speak for us all when I say that that matters a lot.