For those of you who never had the chance to get to know Pootie, I can only say that it's your loss. When she was well enough to play, Pootie was the FIRST to welcome new players by sending so many of them a PM of welcome. She was also usually the first to respond to cries of help, or just calls for information on where to find stuff, etc. And she almost never missed wishing folks a happy birthday, whether she knew you or not.
In the best of health or not, Pootie is still a "force of nature" and one of the smartest, kindest and most capable crypto solvers going.
Penelope, I know that if you had had the opportunity to get to know her as many of us do, you would also think she's wonderful and deserving of being defended.