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Saying Goodbye October 22, 2008

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
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I got back today from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  That’s where my Aunt lived and where her funeral was held.  It was an impressive affair held at the First Presbyterian Church downtown.  It’s a gorgeous traditional, neo-Gothic stone church with pointed arches, carved oak alter and chancel.  The floor is a highly polished flagstone which looked even more impressive illuminated by the light passing through the stainglass windows high up in the clerestory. The pipes of the massive  organ lined the rear wall of the nave and their soaring sound resonated magnificently among the stone and oak.   Missy’s friends filled the church with almost every pew full.

Her best friend, Linda Brown, wrote a wonderful tribute. She was afraid emotion was going to overwhelm her ability to speak so she had her son read those amazing words for her.  It was a heartfelt story that painted an incredible picture of a friendship that lasted nearly 50 years.

That was followed by three of Missy’s grandchildren reading their own personal memories.  The tears really began to flow as each one became overwhelmed with the words they were reading. Pure love was never more evident. Then two of Missy’s sons spoke. Rick was first and offered a beautiful tribute to his mother.  I was also struck by my cousin Charlie’s eloquence. I was a bit concerned when he announced his mother was like a marine, and started to weave a story using military metaphors to describe her various attributes.  My fears were unfounded as his tale was well crafted and wonderfully presented.

We sang amazing grace and recited the Lord’s Prayer and we all said goodbye to Sara Jane Bald, our Missy.



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