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Vander Does, Naima
Our beautiful, talented, and frequently hilarious daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend Naima Siobhan Vander Does finally succumbed to the illness she struggled with her whole life on Tuesday, January 23. She was an artist, a foster mother, a counselor, a singer, a fighter, an inspiration, a light, and a love. Naima fought her bipolar depression as hard as she could and was a proud advocate against the stigma of mental illness. She helped many people, even those she did not know, find ways to cope and survive. Naima was a fierce soul who stood up for her friends and championed human rights in so many ways. Naima's painting attracted the respect of leading lights of the community like Denny Griffith who brought her to CCAD and Charity Martin-Via who staged Naima's first show. Her artistic talents showed in every facet of her life from how she dressed to the amazing hair styles she gave her friends. There are too many relatives and friends to name all the loved ones whose lives she touched. Her mother and stepfather, Dee and Terry Keller, her father, Michael Vander Does, her sister, Nicole VanderDoes, and her grandparents, Lola and Bill Vander Does, join the hundreds who mourn her. Our family and our community are devastated by this loss. We will always miss her quick wit, her passion, her beautiful smile, and her even more beautiful heart. There will be a remembrance of Naima's life at 2:30 pm, Sunday, February 18, at the Martin Janis Senior Center Auditorium, 600 E 11th Ave, 43211. Naima's amazing art will be displayed and celebrated at the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, 131 N. High Street, Columbus, beginning December 5, 2018. Please do not send flowers. Instead, please consider a donation in Naima's name to The Kate Schulte Foundation, 75 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, OH, 43202 or online at http://www.kateschultefoundation.org/donate-online/.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 28, 2018
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