Sunday, February 13, 2011

An Outpouring of Love

Mom's funeral was Saturday at the Oakland Methodist church that was my church home as a child, and where Mom was very active in her younger years. On Friday there was a viewing and visiting hours at the local funeral home, and it was nice to see lots of family and even more friends. Friday was a really long and hard day for Dad. I left the afternoon session early to pick up Kay, Jean and Brett in Portland, ME. We got back for the evening hours and that was really nice.

Saturday the funeral service was really nice, and afterwards we had friends and family over to Dad's house where Donna Pullen, the wive of Dad's nephew Charlie, organized food and decor and with the help of lots of others there was everything for set to celebrate Mom's life. The house was packed and even uncle Deck, Dad's older brother who struggles with mobility came and participated. It was nice to have time with family I hadn't seen in years in some cases. Lots of love shared, and especially as the crowd thinned we shared remembrances of Mom and times together. Everyone was sad, but knew Mom was better off now, and we felt blessed that Mom passed quietly and peacefully in her sleep.

Today Brett, Kay and I had a 6 AM flight out of Portland, ME. We're home, tired, and bracing for a week battling jet lag. Please keep Dad in your prayers as tomorrow is his first Valentines day alone after 59+ years of marriage. Horace we pray for rest, a manageable grief, and renewed energy and a new life after Louise.

Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers.


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