Hi folks. I don’t know how to begin to share this with you, and this is certainly the last thing I want to be telling you. Karen Kelly, known to us as dotlizard, has passed away at the age of 57. I’m sorry to say I don’t have a lot of details, but we know that she had recently been ill and cause of death is still unknown. Tragically, dot’s last months in this world were not kind to her. As many of you know, she had recently been evicted and was living in her van, and the heat and bad air quality meant that she had a lot of difficulty breathing. Many of the friends she made on Minecraft reached out and assisted with purchasing her a laptop and battery, which she was so thankful for. I’m grateful that she was able to stay connected with people she cherished.
I became friends with dot when I joined MCNSA in 2012. I make no claims that I knew her any better than any of you, but I considered dot a close friend and confidant—someone I turned to when I felt like I needed an adult. Despite her hardships, dot was unflappable. She maintained an unfailingly upbeat attitude about her life which I always admired. She was stubborn and opinionated, yet equally generous, compassionate, and caring. She had many passions in life— writing (I’m sure she’d have written this much better—sorry dot), design, cycling, data mining, researching, health, ice cream, and of course Minecraft. She was the mastermind behind the creation of DMZ founded by dot, Matt(SpokenSquid) and Zack(Leonheart515). Dot considered MCNSA and DMZ her home, and every member of the community a family member. She made our community what it is and she will be sorely missed. Her shoes are simply too big to fill, and I will never attempt to. k0nker and I will, however, keep her server alive in her honor, with the help of Evil_K9, maboughey, and all the other admins.
Her friend and employer at Sepse Creek Collective, Chelsea Sutula, is assisting in making arrangements. She will be cremated and her friends plan to scatter some of her ashes at the beach in Ventura, California where she lived. Donations toward funeral expenses are being accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/Kelly-Familys-emergency-fund. This is an old gofundme her family created, but is still active.
In case dotty somehow never managed to tell you, she was an avid cyclist. For that reason, a memorial bike ride will be held in Ventura on October 14th. If any of you live in the area and wish to participate please reach out to sawarahh or k0nker and we’ll help connect you with more details.
For those of us who knew her online, we will have a digital memorial on DMZ on Saturday, October 6th at 8PM CST. Please feel free to stop by DMZ any time. Dot welcomed all walks of life in our community, and it will remain always an open door.
I love you guys.