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Wendy and Matt Mikos and their children.

Time moves on, but some people remain with you forever.

After Videoville and Miriam’s Espresso went away, I saw a lot less of most people that I worked with there.

We all found different paths — some here on Whidbey, others far away.

But we remain connected by our time spent together in the store, and while I may have seen Wendy (Frost) Mikos just a handful of times since 2006, she has never been far from my thoughts.

Wendells is one of the special ones, a warm-hearted, whip-smart young woman who was one of Coupeville’s favorite baristas as she navigated high school and college.

Yes, she once spread Crisco over every inch of my car — effectively “winning” a store-wide prank war in savage fashion.

And yet, I still snuck down to the store at 5 AM to clock her in on the computer on days when she struggled to break free from the comforts of her bed.

Wendy is one of the loveliest human beings to grace this world, so, while managers aren’t supposed to play favorites, of course I did.

The day she married her high school sweetheart, Matt Mikos, was a win for all involved.

He was always, for want of a better description, a righteous dude, and seeing them grow together, eventually building a family of six, made my heart happy.

The news of Matt’s sudden passing, at age 38, is a shock.

Wendy’s children, who range in age from 11 to nine months, have lost a huge part of their lives, as she has also.

The coming days, months, and years will not be easy to navigate, but, with the help of family and friends, I hope they find some peace.

In the moment, every bit of support from the community helps.

Wendy’s brother, Tad, has set up a GoFundMe to ease some of the immediate financial burden, and I hope, if you’re able, you consider helping.


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