Yesterday was my Aunt Grace’s Funeral. She was 82. Two years ago when it was her 80th birthday, her kids showed off many of the quilts that she had made.
Many were well worn and used. She like to see them that way…well used=appreciation!
Sadly in the last few months she lost the use of her hands, no more quilting, embroidery or hand work to keep her mind busy.
She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. She was a good Aunt. She was married to my Uncle George who died in 1997. She invited me to quilting bees even though I couldn’t quilt…I learned and whatever my stitches were she always said they were perfect.
Far Guy and I both went to the wake, and then I attended the funeral. After the service we had a Minnesota Funeral Lunch; scalloped potatoes with ham, bread, green beans, pickles, coleslaw, macaroni salads, fruit salads, every color of Jello with and without fruit and every kind of cake or bar you can imagine. I didn’t take Jello cause I don’t like it to melt on my plate and get mixed up with my hot foods. I balanced my slice of bread precariously on top of my green beans. When I sat down to eat, I arranged my food just so… my other baby brother said “It is all going the same place anyway.” I know but I still don’t like my food to touch. I had a fine visit with one of my cousins who is usually too busy this time of year to talk.
It was raining. I left before the Funeral Procession, I wanted to get some photos at the cemetery.
The rain was not letting up.
The casket awaits.
I got out of the car and stood under a very tall Spruce Tree.
Aunt Grace’s casket bearers were her seventeen grandchildren.
It kept raining, after the priest was done, someone began singing Silent Night.
The voices carried across the graveyard as it rained and rained.
Rest In Peace sweet Aunt Grace
This is the poem her children chose for the inside of her funeral program.
Mother’s never die – they just make quilts in the sky.
We will often remember and then realize.
That mothers are special and wonderfully wise…
And when she “Goes home” to recieve her reward
She will dwell in her heavenly home,
and make quilts for the Lord
Where she will “light up” the stars
that shine through the night
So dry tears of sorrow, for mothers don’t die-
They just move in with GOD and make quilts in the sky.