9/05/2008

Goodbye Mama



Today Mama's funeral was held at St Patrick's Cathedral, Charlotte, NC. Her friend
Father Paul Gary celebrated a beautiful Mass.
with scripture readings my sister, Kathy selected. Grandchildren read them Mama had selected the music she wanted about ten years ago and Music Director, Larry Strattlemeyer followed her wishes.
My sister Dena's husband Tim Ayers sang a beautiful selection, as he had promised Mama he would.

My son Jim.
the oldest grandson, presented the eulogy (which I will post here when I get home). I thanked special people and told the Kites story.


Emily Bliss, told a lovely grand-daughter's memory of believing that Mama was the richest woman in the world because she thought the old glass door knobs in her house were diamonds - and how now as an adult she undertands that Mama was a very rich woman - rich in love and family.

With our lights blinking the procession to Evergreen stopped traffic at busy intersections.
Mama would have loved it.

It was a loving and proper waving good-bye. Now starts the long good-bye - the missing her.


Afterwards the Bereavement Committee at St. Patrick's served a lovely lunch for the family.

On a personal note:
But for me - more important than food were the hugs from my three dearest friends - three I have loved as sisters since high school and before. Betsy, Thorny and Hoke - and I am Diggle to them. Betsy and I have known each other since we were Girl Scouts and somehow we united as a four-some at Central High School. We are missing Minogue but I know her spirit was hovering near-by. Betsy came from Atglen, PA, Hoke, from Chapel Hill, NC and Thorny from Lake Norman. Their hugs are precious. Healing.

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