It has been a week since mom's memorial service. A great deal has happened, but I wanted to share our celebration with friends and family via the internet. It was a celebration. Mum asked for certain things and they managed to all fall into place. We had the service at the Nikiski Rec Center (the old elementary school in the library). I think it would have been a good idea if I had asked to have it put on their reader board or community calendar, but I think it turned out well.. It started out POURING, but by late morning it started to clear. Her service was at 11.
Meg made wrote a sign for us-I'd forgotten to mark where the service would be. She and Randall helped guide people in.
Setting up was a lot of work. Bailey created the power point and was our emcee, Lee was an incredible help in setting up the AV stuff, chairs, and whatnot.
Order of Events:
Reading of the Obituary
(written by BJ at Peninsula Memorial Chapel and it can be found on their website)
Welcome and Opening Prayer
(those first things were done by Bailey)
We all sang 'This is My Father's World'
Lee read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
We sang 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'
Kris shared a bit about her mom and read the story by Cece Meng called 'Always Remember'
Tamara and Bridget and 'not Rhett' (one of the teachers mom worked with and I can't remember his name, other than mom called him Rhett) and Lee and Randall shared thoughts of Nancy.
Lucy read a thought from Mother Teresa
Meg sang 'My God and I' and brought down the house
Mary did the closing prayer
We all sang 'Go Ye Now in Peace'
Rachel played the intro music, the songs for us to sing, and the post music for mom. She and Bailey also found the words and music for 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'. (we only used the first verse)
We let the slide show run before and after the main service.
A bunch of brave souls helped to clean up after it was all over. (I adore the Dura family!!)
I had gone into Kenai and met Kari who helped unload leftovers for after the church service at mom's church on Sunday- Then, I went over to dad's bench in the Scout Park. Eventually, we''ll add a marker with mom's name and the city will put it on the bench with dad. It had warmed up tremendously and the inlet was calm.
The next day, while we were opening up cards, we found this incredibly comforting thought in one Kari sent.
I am sure I missed several who helped, there were so many. Please know mom's community is you. You may or may not have been there in person, but your spirit was there in Nancy's. Thank you so much for being a part of mom's world and ours.