I returned on Monday (June 8) from FarmerCon IV, knowing I had just seen a wonderful lady, Bette Farmer (widow of Philip José Farmer by only three-and-a-half months), for the last time the day before. While the gathering went well, there was a very somber tone among those of us who understood the true extent of Bette's condition.
It's still too raw to post anything other than this brief news about Bette. More later. Ditto that on a Con report, I just can't muster it right now.
Here, though, is the brief but appropriate note sent out by my friend Mike Croteau of the Official Philip José Farmer Home Page:
This is just a short note to share the very sad news that Bette Farmer passed away yesterday.
She had been ill for a while and we knew a few weeks ago that she would not be able to attend FarmerCon IV. Knowing this, we included this article in the Convention Program, which says more about her than I can say now.
Speaking for everyone associated with Farmerphile and the Farmercons, our best wishes and condolences go out to her family and friends.