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January 23, 2017

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January 21, 2017
The pictures in the photo gallery are priceless. I'll always remember Sally as the best mother-in-law ever, one who had none of the negative mother-in-law stereotypes, and in recent years, one of my best friends. Thank you Greg, for posting such a nice pictorial tribute to her years of creating wonderful family memories for all of us. Love, Kathy
January 21, 2017
What a wonderful life as portrayed by these little snapshots and glimpses into years of good family times! Thank you , Greg, for putting this together. "Ahar matey" pirates is priceless, as is the pic with grand-daughters in the pink bathroom. So fun to see a lot of Sally's favorite people in the pictures, and even Rocky and Bear. I will always remember Sally as the best mother-in-law ever, the woman who did not fit ANY of the negative mother-in-law stereotypes. Love, Kathy
January 20, 2017
My (Greg's) Comments at Mom's Funeral:

As Kathy and I were cleaning out mom's room a few days ago, I was sorting through the stacks of greeting cards that she had received over the last several years, and that had been stashed in a drawer after they'd been displayed in her room. I was touched by the love and concern expressed in those letters and cards, received from so many, even years after she left Southern California and as her (and later my) return communications became less frequent as her abilities diminished. Gayle and I, and our families, want to thank each and every one of you for your love for and concern about our mom over all these years, starting from long before Gayle and I we were on the scene, and continuing right up to (and beyond) the present. It means more to us than we can say that others appreciated and loved her.

The years since dad died were hard for mom, especially after the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease started to become apparent about 13 years ago. But her family and friends all of you made sure that she knew she wasn't alone or forgotten, and that she was included in your lives and family events even though she didn't drive. You made sure that her years without dad were still rich and full of love. Mom was not forgotten by those she loved, and that was a great comfort to her and to us as well we'll appreciate it forever. Though we're all sad that mom is gone from us, I hope we can all celebrate her life and not just dwell on the sadness of loss. Mom spent her time among us well, and I know that we owe some of the things that we value most in life to her.

Like a lot of people, I think of what comes after our time here on earth without a lot of certainty. But the thought that we'll all be together again someday is a powerful one for me, and one that gives me a lot of comfort. Time and time again in the days since mom passed I've thought about her waking up in heaven, and after reflecting on the last few years of her time here, looking around for a moment shaking her head and saying, Boy, THAT was weird!

I don't usually make much out of coincidences, but when I got the call that mom had taken a turn for the worse, Kathy and I were sitting right there, by Dad's graveside. And at about that same moment, a Peregrine Falcon (my favorite bird growing up; by that time very rare, and one that I longed to see one day) flew right over us, so close that it was unmistakable. Like I said, I don't read much into such coincidences, but it has caused me to reflect ever since on how mom and dad really fostered in me a fascination with the natural world, and an affinity to it that has meant everything to my life. I have an awful lot of other things to thank them for, too, and I always think of that when I'm here, in the final resting place of so many from their generation. All of them together built the world we grew up in, at great cost, and I hope I'll never lose my sense of awe when I think of them. They really were, and are, an amazing bunch.

So bye for now, mom, and thanks for everything you did for me and mine. I love you.
January 13, 2017
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared and will always cherish these beautiful memories . Romans 15:13 -

D. Wilmington-California
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