My family held a belated memorial service for my grandpa this past month. A memorial service was held in California the week of his passing, but other friends and family were better able to attend a later Oregon service.
The service, held at a nearby church, was simple, short, and casual. I was nominated to lead the service. My cousin-in-law prayed. My uncle played the piano for a congregation hymn (How Great Thou Art). Luke read a short passage from my grandpa’s autobiography. Ivy played a song on the piano. We watched a video recording of the folding of the flag and taps and short message at his burial in May as well as a slide show of pictures of Grandpa’s life. There was a time of sharing (Lola told everyone that ‘Grandpa played the Peter Rabbit game with me’) and then we ended with the following video.
After the short (hot!) service, we gathered a couple miles down the road at my parents’ and sister’s garden for food and conversation. [Pictured above.]
My cousins from Illinois (two of them now live in Missouri)—Lori, Ryan, and Troy—spent three days with us (Lori’s husband, Jeff, is not pictured, but he was here as well).
Holly and Lori are very close in age and people always think they look like sisters (more so than Holly with Shannon and me).
My Uncle John from California also spent three days with us, so we all enjoyed spending the time together!