Silent Key – Christine Carr Bowen – KB1UBW

Ron asked me to write a note for WARA, about the passing of Christine- KB1UBW, maybe more popularly known as the lady with the pink radio. At first, I avoided it, you know, always some reason to avoid getting after it, mostly selfishly keeping her departure quiet, as if that somehow kept her here, close with me. With us, her friends and all of the people she touched over the years.

She died in the early hours the day after Thanksgiving, the COPD that plagued her for years having turned to cancer, metastasizing to her brain. She was vibrant, active, and her usual plucky self, right up to the last several days; in the end passing in her sleep.

She now belongs to the ages, as we all share her persona and memory with those present, past and future. NearFest XXXI will be dedicated to her memory.

-Glenn KB1SMN