Rannie Yoo Reid passed away Sunday, October 25, 2009 after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Korea, she was raised mostly in Southern California and was a graduate of UC Berkeley in Asian Studies in 1998.
Sweet but persistent, Rannie was flowering personally and professionally when in November she mentioned she was going to the dentist’s office for what was then thought to be a toothache. As the news got worse over the months she redoubled her efforts to fight the aggressive cancer valiantly, even cheerfully. Even last week she sent a few CDs of music as a gift to our kids and was making plans for family members she supported. She was deeply touched by everyone’s support, and said she had no regrets, fear, or any more pain.
She said she had joy at having had a great career in an industry she loved, and found the love of her life David who was magnificent through this turmoil. Rannie enjoyed among many other things games, anime, tennis and reading. But I will mostly remember Rannie for her love of people who enjoyed these things. She invariably found the best in people and would befriend the most shy of wallflowers. She had a great sense of humor — though it was lopsided: she would never tease anyone and always rush to the teased’s defense. She told Erica she was going to haunt us. “Oh, not in a scary way, but look out for a pair of sneakers in the oven so you’ll know I’m there.”
Rest in Peace, Rannie. We miss you.
by Rich Kain