Others were from Colorado and South Carolina.
The viewing was in the afternoon. We cried when we saw how good Dad looked and how peaceful.
Mother looked queenly as she waited. There was a steady stream of visitors for four hours, and many hugs, and heartfelt words.
The service Monday morning was emotional and beautiful. Each of us siblings prepared something to share. I stumblingly made it through mine. The pastor had warned us and put us at ease about foibles and things that could happen. I said my piece out of order, but it turned out to flow better that way. One brother sang a solo, and all four a quartet. I accompanied them. My feet were shaking noticeably, fortunately my hands weren't. We all messed up on the quartet, but got over it with a bit of humor.
It was a beautiful sunny day for the burial.
|Rose from the casket spray|
Mike and I came back home later that day. I am so grateful that Mother has had family with her all week. Ivan and Kim (Just a Southern Girl) are still there.
Beautiful expressions of love have been coming in all week cards, plants, flowers and an ongoing flow of Facebook messages, especially from Argentina.
Meanwhile in Alaska, Stephan was competing in Fairbanks at Ice Alaska's World Ice Art Championships 2013. They had 60 hours over three days, Tuesday through Thursday. Forty-seven teams from as far away as China produced amazing ice creations. Here is Stephan and Jess Parrish's sculpture.
However, tomorrow we leave for five days away.