[Tweeters] FW: Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

Randy re_hill at q.com
Tue Dec 28 15:34:18 PST 2021

I’m forwarding a message received today because so many fellow birders in the Pacific NW had direct contact with Marie over the last 15+ years. She was the powerhouse of planning, logistics and management behind the scenes that made the festival in Othello so successful. A limited Festival in late March is in the planning stages without her, but we will all miss her so much!

Randy Hill

Ridgefield WA

From: Othello Sandhill Crane Festival [mailto:othellocranefest at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 1:45 PM

Subject: Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

I have sad news to share with all of you. Marie Lotz passed away on Christmas morning. She was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with bone cancer. She traveled to Phoenix for treatments and was so hopeful that she would beat this cancer. She was only 51 years old. Her family and friends have been a great support during this time. Marie was thankful and positive every time we visited with her. Marie has been the backbone to the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival for many years. She kept the records, organized the website, developed the brochure, managed the little details, expanded the speakers and the tours and made sure every little detail was covered. The greatness of our festival in large part is because of Marie. Her approach to the festival was always “we’ve got this and we can do it”. She appreciated all of your efforts as speakers and guides, your time and your dedication to making the Sandhill Crane Festival a memorable and educational event for all. The heart of her spirit and her legacy will always be with us.

Marie’s son Derek will keep us posted on when they will have a memorial for her.

Thank you,

Chris Braunwart

Co-Chair Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

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