High School Graduation
Dad passed away the morning of January 19, barely 2 days after his 86th birthday.
Dad at 85
Father Bright at All Souls conducted a wonderful service and Tom's eulogy of Dad was a perfect summation of Dad's life. These pictures are from after the service in the Chapel and just prior to the actual interment of dad's ashes.
Tom hugging Dad for the last time
A gathering of family and friends
Gene's immediate family
Tom, Marsha, James, Shelley, Monte
(Gene's granddaughter Kelly could not join us)
Miss Me But Let Me Go
Although I build the roads
I have come to the end of mine
And the sun has set for me.
I want no tears in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little-but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the fun that we once shared
Miss me – but let me go
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
cherish each of us here, as the friends we know.
You are not here to bury me, but to let me go
I will see you down the road.
After the service we retired to cousin DeAnn's home for fellowship and food.
Shelley, M.A., Neil, Brooke
Jerry Williams and daughter Linda Durbin
James and Tom with cousin David Merritt and wife Cheryl Merritt
We were very honored to have so many family members and friends join us for the celebration of dad's life. In addition to the local Oklahoma family and friends those that that traveled long distances were: Cousin Cheryl traveled from Bellevue, Washington and brought her granddaughter Michaela and stopped in Colorado to pick up her mother, dad's sister, Anna Lilac. M.A. Hannifan, daughter Brooke and husband Neil drove from Plano, Texas. M.A is a life long friend of mom and dad's and Brooke was a childhood playmate. Cousin Peggy Gervais and her husband George came from northern New Mexico.
Dad wasn't one to stand on ceremony but he would have loved this one. No – he did love this one as I'm positive that he was there with us.