It was a beautiful day in a beautiful cemetery. We met four of the Keepnews for breakfast: My Uncle Bob and our cousins Terry, Patty and Sue. It was wonderful to have that time. Claire and Dave already love them too which makes me happy.
Then the 24 of us gathered around for a service by Deacon Tony. I could feel my legs shaking from thinking about leaving Mom there and so much emotion, but I was good. Several of us spoke about Mom and that was incredibly special. Peter and I stayed with her, and said our goodbyes again. (Claire and Dave were very strong. This is their third and final funeral for their beloved grandparents in the past couple years. They’ve lost a lot very quickly.)
We then went to the Celebration of Life hosted by my dad’s best friend, Jerry. He has a huge house with a magical backyard - gorgeous lawn, so many flowers, trees, and a big fish pond. We shared photos of Mom and stories. We ate lunch, had drinks, and enjoyed being together.
As evening approached, we moved the party to Kristen’s house (Pinky and Jerry’s daughter). We ate a delicious dinner and the kids jumped on the trampoline. We took turns going around the table and telling our favorite Pat stories. Long day, but I completed my mission and we honored Mom. Mom, I love you!