Dori Hartley | VenusBlogs Managing Editor
Photo of Donna Summer: Michael Putland/Getty Images


[dc]2[/dc]012 really gave us a shot of reality when we saw how many incredible women left us this year. Thanks to we can celebrate their lives with some of the best articles and information gathered on some of the women who passed in 2012, women whose lives we won’t forget. Women whose lives we are grateful for having in our own.

Sarah Burke (September 3, 1982-January 19, 2012): A Canadian professional skier and the pioneer of the superpipe event, who died in an accident while training for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Etta James (January 25, 1938-January 20, 2012): One of the greatest blues singers of all time, she crooned the timeless ballads “At Last” and “Sunday Kind of Love.”

Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963-February 11, 2012): She’s the reason we were belting “I Will Always Love You” at the top of our lungs in the shower, and we all cried the day we found out she died from drug use in a Beverly Hills hotel. We’ll always feel the heat with somebody in her memory.

Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941-June 26, 2012): Wry and observant playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and film director Ephron wrote everything you love—and said everything you quote.

Helen Gurley Brown (February 18, 1922-August 13, 2012): The former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and author of Sex and the Single Girl. “A woman’s right to own sex as a vital, normal, natural part of her life, was, at one point, ground that needed to be broken,” said Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, “and she broke it.”

Sally Ride (May 26, 1951-July 23, 2012): A physicist and astronaut, Ride was the first U.S. woman in space.

Ruth Fernandez (November 5, 1919-September 1, 2012): A singer and politician, Fernandez was notable for her service in the Puerto Rican Senate and for her illustrious music career, something few women can say.

Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917-August 20, 2012): The comedian and actress was a barrier-smashing funny lady who was always the grandma we wanted to have. But let’s admit it—then we’d be totally jealous that our grandma was way cooler than us.

Kitty Wells (August 30, 1919-July 16, 2012): The first-ever woman to top the country charts with her song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”—she’s a name Carrie and Miranda and Taylor will always remember.

Donna Summer (December 31, 1948-May 17, 2012): The singer and songwriter whose famous 1978 song “Last Dance” probably closed out your prom.

Maeve Binchy (May 28, 1940-July 30, 2012): An Irish journalist and novelist, whose books—including Circle of Friends and The Glass Lake—have been translated into 37 languages and have sold 40 million copies worldwide.

Thank you Ladies. Thank you so very much for all that you mean to us.

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