Willa Rawlings, the woman who has been credited with coining the phrase ‘going dark’ in the 1960s and 1970s, died on Sunday aged 87.
She was born in New Zealand and was the daughter of American immigrant William Rawlings.
Willa grew up in the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati, where she was the only child of an English mother and Kiribachan father, William Rawling.
Willah became an American citizen in 1947 and went to the University of California, Berkeley, where her work as a poet inspired her husband, Frank Willa, to set up the American Broadcasting Company in 1960.
In the 1970s she began working for the US government and became a lecturer at Harvard.
Her final work, The Willa of the Willa (1971), won the Pulitzer Prize and she received a lifetime achievement award in 2008.
Willan wrote several books, including The Will of the Father (1976) and The Will Of the Mother (1983).
She died at her home in Auckland, New Zealand.
Willas sister, Julie, who is the widow of Willa’s partner, Paul, said her sister had been “the best friend I have ever had”.
“She is an incredible writer and she was very generous with her time.
She had a beautiful gift and her writing will be with us for the rest of our lives,” she said.
“She loved her children and loved them very much.
She never had an illness.
She did not have a disease, and she died peacefully.”
Ms Rawlings died at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
The will of the father The Will-a of Willan (1972) was the first book of a trilogy written by Willa after the death of her husband in the early 1960s.
She wrote a follow-up book called The Will, the Mother and the Father in 1978 and a book on the history of Kirbachi, the country she grew up.
Her brother-in-law, William Willa told the ABC that the two had been very close friends.
“We’ve been close friends since they were very young children, very close.
We grew up together and we are very much a part of each other’s lives.
I think it was his great gift, his will, his gift of life, to have all of them live that way.” “
He had many children and his children had many friends.
I think it was his great gift, his will, his gift of life, to have all of them live that way.”
Willa died on Saturday at a hospice in Auckland.
She received a life achievement award from the US Department of State in 2009.
Willard Rawlings was an American poet, playwright and broadcaster.
His work inspired a generation of young writers and writers, including the likes of Willi Ngan, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and JK Rowling.
He also worked as a journalist for CBS News.
Mr Rawlings and his wife, Julie Rawlings were also instrumental in the development of the internet.
Will Rawlings is survived by his wife of 57 years, William, and two daughters, Julie and Willa.
She died in Auckland on Sunday, aged 87, the family said. ABC/wires