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Kim Brown
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PostTue Dec 15, 2020 8:09 pm 
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Hi, all;

Sad news to share; More Cowbell (a.k.a. Kirsten James) passed away on Monday morning in the company of friends after battling breast cancer with warrior queen ferocity. She was a passionate musician, a mother to many cats, and a lover of the natural world. I don't know anyone who knows every trail and path of Discovery Park as well as Kirsten.

She hasn't posted much here lately, as she has been unable to get out into the forest and mountains. A friend took her to Reecer Creek above Ellensburg earlier this year; sitting in the car for that length of time was painful and arduous for her, but it's her favorite place, and she wanted to see it again in full bloom - and to pick mushrooms.

She was funny, kind, wry, and a fantastic cook. She loved music, and played the flute and piccolo  with the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra and the North Corner Chamber Orchestra in Seattle; and gave lessons to dozens of talented youth and some adults too.

I met Kirsten on this site 14 years ago! And 14 years later, was honored to be among those who saw her through palliative care and home hospice. So yeah, NWHikers does a good service.

N Fk Sauk trail, Kirsten
N Fk Sauk trail, Kirsten

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PostTue Dec 15, 2020 8:23 pm 
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I only met her a few times at socials and didn't really get to know her, but I'm saddened to hear of her passing. She always had something to add to posts back in the hayday.
Thanks for sharing with us Kim.

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PostTue Dec 15, 2020 9:27 pm 
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Kim Brown wrote:
I met Kirsten on this site 14 years ago! And 14 years later, was honored to be among those who saw her through palliative care and home hospice. So yeah, NWHikers does a good service.

Sad news indeed.  So sorry that you lost your friend, Kim.  She was fortunate to have you at her side during this challenging time.  May she rest in peace.  May you be comforted by your memories, your friends, and future visits to the places you both loved.    ~z
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PostTue Dec 15, 2020 10:53 pm 
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Very sorry to hear of this.
I have very much missed her wit here in her absence.

BK

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PostTue Dec 15, 2020 11:55 pm 
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Very sorry to hear this news.

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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 8:26 am 
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So sorry to hear this!  NWH has lost a valuable and unique member.
Glad you were able to be there for her Kim.

RIP Kirsten!
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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 8:28 am 
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Cancer sucks
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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 8:45 am 
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Goodbye, Warrior Princess. I will miss our shared juvenile sense of humor and far too occasional hikes. You were a lovely person, a fighter, a fantastic musician, and a friend. Peace be with you. Thank you, Kim, for being there for her when she needed someone.


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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 10:18 am 
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Kleet, was that at that lookout near Mt Rainier (the name escapes me; being a Glacier Peak snob, I'm not too familiar with Mt Rainier area. Norse?)

Kirsten was always finding and purchasing old maps and old hiking guidebooks and giving them to her friends. One New Year's Eve, several of us were at her house drinking champagne and browsing our gifted  1950's Metzger Maps and old guidebooks. We're such party animals.

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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 10:52 am 
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Oh no, another one.  This has been a rough year for many.  Hope she is at peace.

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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 11:14 am 
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Very sad to hear this. She always seemed like a cool lady.
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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 11:38 am 
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Kim Brown wrote:
Kleet, was that at that lookout near Mt Rainier (the name escapes me; being a Glacier Peak snob, I'm not too familiar with Mt Rainier area. Norse?)

That was at Noble Knob. I think it was her birthday hike. That was a fun day.

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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 11:51 am 
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Thank you for letting us know.

Peace unto you More Cowbell.  I will remember you.  Thank you for making this a community.

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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 12:13 pm 
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Thank you, Kim, for letting us know. I never met More Cowbell but always enjoyed her posts.  May she rest  in peace.

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PostWed Dec 16, 2020 1:10 pm 
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kleet wrote:
Kim Brown wrote:
Kleet, was that at that lookout near Mt Rainier (the name escapes me; being a Glacier Peak snob, I'm not too familiar with Mt Rainier area. Norse?)

That was at Noble Knob. I think it was her birthday hike. That was a fun day.

Yes; we stopped at DQ and I snapped a photo of you with Mt Rainier on an ice cream spoon headed into your maw.

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