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Farewell Ethel

On Saturday , 4th January, we gave Ethel a rousing farewell toast — Cheerio Ethel!

 About 35 of her dearest friends gathered to say their last goodbyes and to celebrate the wonderful  sparkle which she had added to the lives of all who had come to know and love her.

Tributes from those who lived too far away to attend were read, Lloyd played some Bach and Alex sang some of Ethel’s favorite pop songs. We think that she would have been delighted with the whole affair!

All of this was done in front of  a selection of 10 x 8 photos showing her in all kinds of adventures and demonstrating her zest for life, no matter what.

My only regret is that I was too much involved with the proceedings to use my camera and that I did not have the foresight to prepare someone else for the job. The following pictures were taken with an I-phone and are a little fuzzy but will give you an idea of the occasion:

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Alex getting us into the spirit . . .

Alex getting us into the spirit . . .

Susan reading for Bonnie and Nancy

Susan reading for Bonnie and Nancy

I had filled the cup a little too often by the time people began to leave . . .

I had filled the cup a little too often by the time people began to leave . . .

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Lloyd plays Bach

Lloyd plays Bach

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Alex against the background of the photo record of her life with me.

Alex against the background of the photo record of Ethel’s life with me.

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3 Responses

  1. You did a wonderful job. I am sure it is just what Ethel would have wanted.

  2. It was a wonderful celebration of her life.

  3. Claire and John will always remember Ethyl from our time we cruised up the coast of Norway. Good times indeed.

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