In the morning, I went out early and put up some signs at the four turns you had to take to get to the Hallelujah Farm, just to prevent people from getting lost or confused. I think everyone found the location just fine. Rob and Katie came by the house briefly before the committal service, and then we headed to the cemetery. The committal was just for family members, and our pastor in Guilford, Lise Sparrow, led it. We sang two hymns, Be Thou My Vision, and How Can I Keep From Singing, and Katie Tolles accompanied on the guitar. Lise talked about the specialness of the place: how she, and a group of women friends of Shirley's, have come every year and had a kind of picnic there, remembering Shirley, and now they will include Betsey. I said a few words as did a few others. Lise had a reading from Revelation, and gave a prayer. Then we placed the urn of Betsey's ashes into the ground, filled in the hole with the soil that had been dug out, and planted a beautiful chrysanthemum. It was emotional and beautiful. Now Betsey and Shirley rest side by side.
|Rob and Katie at Betsey's grave|
|Lunch at Hallelujah Farm: clockwise from left: Rob, Katie, Nancy Tierra, Wendy Redlnger, Fred Ashworth, Joy Amidon, Lucy Spahr-Blasej|
Monday evening we had a spontaneous gathering for supper at John and Cynthia's.
|Jerry, Maggie, Daniel, Suzy and John at John and Cynthia's house|
|All around the table at J & C's|
I'll post more photos from the weekend when I get a chance.