Saturday, May 7, 2011

RIP Sneaky One

Sneaky One aka Socaligirl/Desert Maiden Bath/Angelica Schaaf Rayl died in her sleep on Thursday night. She leaves behind a wonderful husband and four beautiful boys: Jacob, Kieran, Noah, and Samuel. On Etsy, Angelica was the first person to befriend me and welcome me to ETC. She also invited me into a small group of friends who later became the core of EB.

At EB, Angelica stepped forward and became the public face with a name for Etsy Bitch - not an easy task. Angelica was an amazing mother who successfully juggled an online business and raising three children while going through a very difficult pregnancy and cross-country move. With every curve ball that life threw her she met it with sarcastic whit and a great sense of humor. Miss you.




If you would like to help her family the information can be found here:

33 Comments:

Michele said...

I'm so sorry. I will be praying for her family (both online and off). May she rest in peace.

TheKinkyOne said...

Oh, if you see Achmed as someone's avatar, this http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5558026 is why.

Jodie said...

So very sad to hear this news. She will be greatly missed. Pie x

Julie said...

So sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with her family.

Mr Frank L. Fettle said...

The world has lost a great wit and observer, my sympathies to her family and friends. RIP.

Susan said...

I am so sorry.

All Wired Up TOO said...

I'm deeply saddened ..She had a great wit I will remember her her for.

thank you for the link!

Anonymous said...

RIP and will be thinking of the family.

MBBS said...

She will be missed. My sympathies to all. Especially her little boys and husband.

ebbandflo said...

no.
i am so sorry. she was one of The People in the early days of Etsy forums.

The Cranky One said...

I miss her already. A voice of reason, a heart of gold.

Jewelry On The Rocks said...

This is just so sad, I will never forget her courage, honesty and that razor sharp wit. Her legacy here is important to me and many, many people who would have felt voiceless otherwise.

How tragic for her family, so close to Mother's Day. I wish I had something to contribute to the expenses.

Wrapping my arms around you all,

glittercritter/jewelryontherocks

Pretty Things said...

Incredibly, incredibly sad and sick to my stomach over this. I remember sharing with her excitement over her last little one's birth. I lay in bed last night just -- well. This is so sad.

Anonymous said...

Oh Sneaky one...I'm truly going to miss you and it's a tragedy to lose you in the physical world.

Good journey to you and if you ever look in on us humans, I would be proud to know you as one of the muses of wit and humor.

Tadasana said...

How very sad. I'm so sorry to hear this. Thinking of her young family and hoping for the best for them.

Tragic said...

So sorry to hear of this terrible loss.

I never knew her, yet Sneaky One's contributions to the handmade community via this blog helped so many.

Very sad news.

stitchntyme said...

This news is so shocking and unbelievable! I remember her from my early days on Etsy as socaligirl. Always spot on with her posts, as she was here in this Blog.

My thoughts are with her family and may they find peace during this very difficult time for them.

RIP sneaky one, you will be messed by many ... I just know you are smiling down on us.

PussDaddy said...

I am very sorry to hear it. Despite our back and forth I rather liked her. You don't have to post this but I just wanted to say that her passing is a dreadful shame to be so young and I hope in time her kids and husband recover and are able to go on. I know they will always miss her though.

PD

Simone said...

I was very sad to hear this news. Apart from on EB, I best remember Socaligirl from the good old days on Etsy (back when the words 'good' and 'Etsy' could be said in the same sentence!).

My thoughts are with her family.

Anne Onymous said...

So sorry to hear this! My condolences to her family and to all the friends who cared for her so deeply!

Anne

RRobin said...

What sad news. My sympathy goes out to her family, but her loss will be felt by all of us.

kibbles said...

I was so saddened to hear of this. Always liked her, and admired her spunk. May God Bless the family.

CrankyOne.....I couldn't have said it any better.

The Cranky One said...
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TheKinkyOne said...

This isn't the thread for wars. That's my feelings on the matter. Please.

Eveline said...

What horrible, sad news. Sneaky One will be missed!
Wishing her family all the best...

WindyRiver said...

I am truly sorry to hear this - my deepest sympathies to her family.

sark said...

My condolences to her family.
I sincerely hope everything works out for them.

Evermore Organics said...

Prayers to her family. I can't even imagine how they must be feeling. What a brave soul to stand up and be the face of EB, and while juggling a family. Seems like we've lost another good one.

juditsd said...

So sorry! My thoughts are with her family! RIP!:((

G33K GODDESS said...

I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. I didn't have much interaction with Angelica, but I read her posts with great enjoyment and admired her spunk, courage, and conviction. What a terrible loss for her family, and for all the lives she has touched. So sad.

jewelstreet said...

Oh, my! I am so terribly sorry. I to remember her best as socaligirl. She was great fun.

My prayers and condolences to her family and those closest to her.

AbsintheDragonfly said...

I'm so very sorry to hear about this. Please give my condolences to her family. I will keep them in my thoughts. I know what it's like to wonder about how you're going to raise four children on your own with no real income.

Anonymous said...

i haven't been here in a really long time. this is really sad. i don't really know what to say, other than my condolences to her family.

i've always enjoyed all of you, and it's a shame to lose such a great person.