I didn’t know her personally, and I never chatted with her. Other people here did and can give her much more heartfelt memorials than I can. I’ve seen a lot of people here give tributes today, and they’ve been really good and touching. Nancy did have an impact on a lot of people, and very positive ones. And my entire time here and in the fandom, I’ve never seen anyone say a negative word about her.
There’s many ways to look at it.
No matter what, a mother and father lost a daughter they loved because her heart failed on her. Siblings lost a sister that they grew up with and have many cherished memories with. That’s the most tragic and upsetting thing about the untimely passing, of a 15-year-old that had her whole life and potential in front of her.
If you don’t feel much of anything because you didn’t know her that well, or because of other circumstances in your life or in the world, that’s acceptable too. Thousands die tragically everyday. We see the outpouring of emotions and thoughts because we knew Nancy better than others.
But here’s how I feel about it. To me, the Tumblrpon community is one big family. One big extended family. There are people that we know more than others, and get along with better than others. Just like in your blood-relative family. But we all still care for each other and support each other whenever troubles come up, no matter what our differences and backgrounds are.
When you lose someone in the family to a death, unexpected or not, it hurts. Our Tumblrpon family is hurting today because of it. We lost one of our own, and, according to Fisher, one of the originals of the Tumblrpon family and community. It’s tragic and sad, and even more unfair because of the circumstances. We mourn Nancy’s lost, not just because of the great art and characters she provided, but because of the friendships she formed and the great times she gave us.
RIP Nancy. Tumblrpon will never forget you.