Ronnie Thomas

From David Goldberg:
David Brown informed me yesterday (April 5) that our good friend, Ronnie Thomas, has passed away. David found Ronnie yesterday unresponsive. The cause of death is unknown at this point but David says that Ronnie complained of some pretty serious health issues last week, including a potential small stroke that she had had recently. Other than that, he said she was in pretty good spirits. An autopsy will be forthcoming.

Ronnie moved to Fort Collins, to the best of my remembrance, 5 or 6 years ago, and joined our club. As you all know, Scrabble(r) was her passion and she was quite an accomplished player. She also was a unique individual who certainly walked to the beat of her own drummer. Though this often brought up challenges for her and those in her world, I, personally think we were all better people for what she brought to our lives. And I’m proud of how our club members did their best to include and accept Ronnie in all of our gatherings. I now wish I had extended myself more to Ronnie as we had a close personal connection, which in hindsight could have been stronger on my part. Live and learn but life is short.

I am particularly grateful to David Brown for the rock-solid friendship he offered to Veronica. I was always impressed with how David was there for Ronnie through thick and thin. Thank you David.

Thanks all for taking a few moments to read this. I am sad and humbled in remembering and honoring my friend Ronnie.


From Ronnie’s brother, Fred:
Dear Family and Friends,

Yesterday evening (4/5) Carol and I were notified by our county coroner that Veronica’s body was found by her close friend, David Brown, in her apartment a few hours earlier. She passed away from natural causes the evening before on April 4, sometime after 8 pm is what has been surmised. She died much too young at the age of 56. She has gone to her maker and to be with our parents, Fred and Kay, who loved and cared for her for a lifetime. Our understanding is that she passed quickly from what appears to have been a brain seizure. We pray her passing was peaceful and without pain. All indications are that this was the case.

Veronica moved to Colorado from Maryland shortly before our Mother passed away in June of 2016. Her path through life was sometimes too hard but always full of her giving love to others. In Fort Collins, she continued to play Scrabble(r) multiple times a week, knit apparel and blankets for family and folks that were less fortunate at the homeless shelter, as well as attend community learning venues directed at finding our way in life. Veronica had a very big heart. She loved family and all people without judgment. She will be missed dearly by all in her family for her concern for others, a listening ear, positive attitude, caring /loving demeanor, her resilience, and the example she set for her family on how to treat others. We will miss you eternally, Veronica.

A service to celebrate her life will be held here in Fort Collins in the early summer. I will update when a date and venue is determined. We are then working to have her inurnment with, Fred and Kay at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA, later in the year. Veronica and her family request, in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy be sent in the form of a donation to The Murphy Center for Hope in Fort Collins ( or SummitStone Health Partners (

Love and fond wishes to you all,

Fred, Carol, Keegan, and Riley

Spring Break in Mill Valley, CA.

    From Deborah Baggett:
After weeks of nearly constant rain, the California sunshine returned just in time for this single-day tournament.  Hosted by Betty Alexandra Toole, sixteen players enjoyed potluck lunch, a view of The City and excellent competition.
Sandy Parry, Jack Norman, Deborah Baggett, Isaac Apindi, Bruce Ward.

Sandy Parry, Jack Norman, Deborah Baggett, Isaac Apindi, Bruce Ward.

In Div A, Jack Norman won 7 games to win 1st place (gibsonized), followed by Evan Koch (2nd) and Robin Levin (3rd).
In Div B, Deborah Baggett, Sandy Parry and Irene Averell all went 5/3, so the spread told the story of 1st/2nd/3rd.
Four Collins players honed their skills, with Bruce Ward (gibsonized) claiming 1st and Paula Catanese coming in 2nd.
FULL RESULTS AT Mill ValleyMill Valley Collins
Next chance to play north of SF is Mother’s Day in Santa Rosa.  Join us!

It’s Spring in Oregon

On March 22, we celebrated the arrival of spring with a tournament at Mitch Bayersdorfer’s home.  Rich Moyer directed.  Joanne Manson and Keith Valentine took off from work to join us retired folks.  Both played well.  Results:  Oregon spring

Division 1 winners Keith and Ruth

Division 1 winners Keith and Ruth

Division 2 winners Joanne and Elizabeth

Division 2 winners Joanne and Elizabeth

WGPO Tournament Expectations

The attached document, WGPO Tournament Expectations March 19, has undergone extensive review and revision. It incorporates numerous members’ suggestions for making WGPO events welcoming and congenial. Thanks to all for your contributions to the document.

Club and tournament directors, please offer to new members and have copies available at tournaments, as needed. 

Tournament Expectations

St. Patrick’s Day is Greeneye Day

36 of us spent the weekend in Bloomington, Minnesota, competing in a 23-game tournament.  Outside, there was still considerable evidence of a major snowstorm, but inside it was green all over.  Director Mike Johnson did a superb job of setting the tone with appropriate decorations and most players added to it with our costumes.

Lisa Odom won in Division 1, Colleen Shea in Division 2. Complete results:

Photos by Peggy Grant.

Group photo

Group photo

Finalists for best St. Patrick's costume. Mike won

Finalists for best St. Patrick’s costume. Mike won

Fun Prize winners

Mike with Fun Prize winners

Division 1 winners

Mike with Division 1 winners

Division 2 winners

Mike with Division 2 winners

Another Sunny Day in Fort Lauderdale

From Maddy Kamen:

Hard at play

Hard at play

A fun time was had by 18 scrabblers at the Ft Lauderdale tournament on March 2, 2019. Seventh seed Larry Gradus gained 115 rating points with his first place 6-1 record for division one. Coming in second was Howard Pistol (4-3).
Second division was captured by birthday girl  Marina Villena who went 6-1. Marshall Resnick and Dianne Kaplan were  second and third place winners. Also given out were performance prizes for best over seed. Wendell Haynes won for division one, and Will Cody for division two.




Division 1 winners

Division 1 winners


Division 2 winners with Roy and Maddy