Saturday, August 14, 2010
The Day After
Yesterday was Viola's funeral. In one sense it was like a great big family reunion which actually started the day before. Family poured in from all over the country. She still had 8 surviving children and their children. People came from California, Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin, and.... well, you get the picture.
There was not a lot of sorrow expressed as Viola had been ailing for some time and was desiring to go to be with her Lord. But this was a chance to pay our last respects to this matriarch and to have one last large family reunion. The schedule kind of went like this:
Thursday: 3:00 pm - meet at the church for visitation, eat, take pictures, gab
5:00 pm - Family service where we all bragged about how stubborn Viola was - eat
again, gab, take more pictures.
Friday: 10:30 am - meet at the church, gab, get lined up
11:00 am - funeral
12:00 noon - eat, gab, take pictures
1:00 pm - off to the cemetery for the burial, then back to the church for
refreshments, gab, take pictures.
5:00 pm - eat again, gab, take more pictures.
Saturday: Get together, eat, gab and look at pictures.
So this is how Viola arranged for us all to get together one last time.