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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Malinda Teel

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In Loving Memory of Malinda P Teel, devoted mother, sister and friend, who passed away in April 2012. She was surrounded by her family and friends. We love you and miss you!

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After a proactive seven-year fight against cancer, Malinda passed away peacefully at her home in Atlanta. She was born in in Charlottesville, Virginia and moved to Atlanta 34 years ago.

She was married to her loving husband Thomas McGowan and was the proud mother of her son, Samuel McGowan.

After her diagnosis, Malinda was active as an advocate in the ovarian cancer community, and in 2010 was recognized by the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance for her support of its mission.

Malinda blessed us all with her fortitude, her joy of life and her optimism for the future.

Last updated on: 04/20/2012


that the aarivrl of Leo was like the aarivrl of an angel who would help you and Grandmother Letizia out of the disease. I was fascinated by your exuberance and love you put into everything. In recent months, I tried to contact you over and over again on your phone, but without any success. In any case, on 11 March each year, I send you my best wishes for a happy birthday and continue to do so . I am very pleased to have been so good to know a person like you. Now you’re up there in heaven with your angel .. With so much love, Rose and Leonardo* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Sono venuta a sapere solo oggi, nel giorno del tuo compleanno, che sei volata in cielo. Nel 2008, ti conosciuto quando eri vicina di letto di mia mamma in ospedale a Milano. Io ero incinta del mio Leonardo: avevo il termine di gravidanza il giorno 11/03 e te speravi io dessi alla luce il mio angioletto proprio il giorno del tuo compleanno. Dicevi che l’arrivo di Leo era come l’arrivo di un angelo che avrebbe aiutato nonna Letizia e te ad uscire dalla malattia. Sono rimasta affascinata dalla tua esuberanza e dall’amore che mettevi in ogni cosa. Negli ultimi mesi, ho provato a contattarti pif9 e pif9 volte sul tuo cellulare, ma senza mai alcun esito. In ogni caso il giorno 11 marzo di ogni anno ti mando i miei migliori auguri di un felicissimo compleanno e continuerf2 a farlo….. Sono ben lieta di aver potuto conoscere una persona cosec squisita come te Ora sei lassf9 in cielo coi tuoi angeli .. Con tanto tanto affetto, Rosa e Leonardo

Adao Adao – 06/21/2012

I first heard Frances many years ago in Pittsburgh when she sang Cio-Cio San in a Pittsburgh Opera production of Madama Butterfly . Her cliaorn. soaring soprano invested the role with a throbbing humanity which I later came to know was the embodiment of Frances the person. As it turned out we later became neighbors on West 68th Street, and I and my late wife, Janet (also a victim of cancer), enjoyed many hours together talking about opera and life, eating and basking in her company.My travels have taken me out of New York frequently, but last Spring I visited with Frances a number of times in her apartment, #707. She had rather recently returned from St Louis and I asked her to sing. I was bowled over by what was to me a newly-found power and majesty in her singing and told her that hers had become a Wagner voice. She responded with what I can only describe as awe and wonder, and promised to look into that. A few days later she called me and asked if I would like to hear her sing Dich teure Halle from Wagner’s Tannhauser . Would I! I came right down and heard a truly angelic rendition of that glorious music. The word angel has been used by others to describe Frances; it is THE perfect definiti0n of who and what she was. She enriched the world in so many ways by her presence. And yes, may her memory be for a blessing.

Julka Julka – 06/21/2012