Friday, April 25, 2008

In Rememberance

My sister passed away on Tuesday one day before her 88th birthday.

This is the last time we were together summer of 2006
She's the one with the pink sweater on. Doesn't look 10 years older than I does she?
This was up on the top of Conifer Mountain at my son's home. That's him with the hat on

Ella Mae lived a full life. Had 5 children and her husband of almost 70 years is still living
They moved to Santa Cruz in the early 50's and she went to work for a florist and ended up buying and running it for over 30 years. She loved flowers so with her I'm showing my first flowers for this spring of 2008
This was sort of a surprise. I bought it last year and it had died back and come up the first thing with this beautiful red poppy. Can't tell you the name.
This is the little perennial garden I started along the back of the house. It has a rock Wall and this large old stump that I have planted with 4 different varieties of creeping phlox. Today it is prettier.
This is one of the many wild violets that grow around here

My sisters memorial is on May 5 and the family are having a special program at the grave site before the church service. It is a huge church and I imagine it will be packed. She sang in the choir for years and they raised their children in this church.

I hadn't thought I would go as there is no one here to take care of my hubby but he said he would find someone and I should plan on going. So it is ending up that he will go to the nursing home for Respite care for 4 days so I can go be with my 2 brothers and lots of nieces and nephews and their children. I have no idea how many great grandchildren she has. And she has made baby quilts for all of them. Yes, she also was a quilter. I helped her make a couple. Got her started good after she retired.

Good Bye Ella Mae, as her daughter said shes now singing with the angels.


Paula said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your sister sounds like an amazing woman. Married for almost 70 years! I am glad that you will be able to attend her service. I'm sorry your husband will have to go to respite care for a few days, I KNOW it must be difficult for you to do. Today is my dad's 79th birthday and this is just another reminder to say I love you to those dear to me!

dot said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. It certainly looks like you are both very happy and had a good and vibrant relationship. My prayers are with you and your family.

Amanda said...

It sounds as if you were very close to your sister and I'm sure you will miss her very much. Her service will be a real celebration of a long and busy life; it's good that you will be able to be there.

Kim said...

What a nice remembrance of Ella Mae, Eileen! I only met her the one time when you came out here, but we all had a good time, didn't we? I'm glad we got to meet.

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Ila said...

I am so sorry for your loss. God grant you peace. I'm glad you can go to be with family at this time.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Terribly sorry to hear your news. I'm glad for you that you will be able to attend the service and be surrounded by the love of friends and family. Sending you cyber (((hugs)))

June said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry to hear of your loss. How good to know that she is with the Lord now, that is sure a comfort. Safe journey.

Darcie said...

My heart goes out to you Eileen, in the loss of your dear sister. I'm so glad that you can celebrate her life with your extended family. God's peace to you.

Terry@quilt-nut said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. I will say a prayer for you and your family. ((hugs)). Terry

Susie said...

So sorry to hear about your sister. It is a great tribute to remember her when you see your beautiful flowers.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers. We miss you and R at Southern Comforters.

Roslyn Atwood said...

I'm so sorry, I know y9u have decades of wonderful memories.
God bless,

Perry said...

Hi, Eileen. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your sister. I remember that picture from 2006 and also remember you had a wonderful time during that visit. Glad you are getting to go and be with your family during this time.

Joyce said...

What a beautiful picture of you and Aunt Ella Mae! I never realized how much you two looked alike. Of course it has been probably 25 yrs since I've seen either of you.

I came here to see what your plans were and I'm very thankful you can go to CA. And what a treat to share part of the ride home. :)

I have an online friend who knew Briana from church. Her parents are going for the service and are to look for mom & dad.

Candace said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm glad you will be able to be at her memorial and see your extended family. It is very nice of your husband to be willing to have you go. We just had a loss in our family and it was very comforting to all get together.

Jeanne said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. Sisters are special gifts from God. I'm glad you will be able to attend the service.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for the loss of your sister. May your memories of fun times keep her in your heart until you meet again.
Glad that you will be able to go to CA.And glad that hubby will be taken care of. Have a safe trip.
Dawn in MA

ELP said...

Eileen I am so sorry for your lost.
You and your sister sound amazing.
My name is Eileen and my sister is Ellie Mae.
You and your family are in our prayers