Thursday was a beautiful day. The funeral was a joyful celebration of Cookie’s life and death. The meal was a wonderful time of fellowship and story-telling. The weather was perfect during the 3 hour drive to Beatrice. We saw deer, a coyote, turkey, and many many hawks; Cookie would especially have appreciated the fall colors in the grasses and shrubs. Our arrival at the cemetery confirmed Cookie and my choice of burial location. It is a beautiful setting with the church and cemetery on a hill overlooking the Blue River valley.
I want to thank everyone: Anita and Joan for leading worship; Kay, Donna, Dwight, Ben and Daryl for worshipful music; those who provided the meal; those who shared a story or memory; those who drove to Beatrice for the committal service and burial; the hospitality committee of the Beatrice church for a delicious supper and time of continued fellowship. Also I would never have managed without the direct support of Birdie, Leroy and the Life-Sharing class. You all were great.
I particularly treasure all the words of sympathy I have received in person or through this blog, email, facebook and twitter. Cookie touched many lives around the world and they have reached back to her in this time of sickness and death. Thank you!