Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Colleen Maxine (Ward) Nielsen

It just dawned on me that I never did blog about my Mom's funeral. For some reason maybe it was just too personal at the time - I'll have to get that up here.

But here's my Grandma... 1948, She was beautiful! 

We found a lot of old pictures and heard a lot of old stories while we prepared to lay her to rest.

She was born January 18th 1930 to Charles & Florence Ward. She was one of fifteen kids, and married my Grandpa Adolph in 1949, she was 19 he was 26. 

We worked with White, Comes & Sogn to prepare her funeral service, and they did a wonderful job. They have worked with our family all too much, and I hate that they know us by first name (well, most of us).

She was buried next to my Grandpa in Mt Hope Cemetery. My Brother, Kris, Joe, Luke, Kevin & Nick were the pallbearers, and they did such a good job.
 After the ceremony at the grave site, Tony, Julie, the boys, Shannon, Erica and I went to put flowers from Nani's spray on Mom's headstone. There were other cousins there to see Mom too, it was a nice time to visit and share stories.
 There was a nice luncheon after the services and the following day we went over to help clean up some of Grandmas stuff in her house. Before anyone touched anything, I took a few photos of Grandma's house as I remember it, the details
 She has had that pink Revlon polish for as long as I can remember!

 These plates have always hung in a row or in a bunch in her house.

 This is her Honeybear... I just about took him home to live with me, but he was full of Honey and TSA looks down on stuff like that.
 And the chickens in her kitchen.
 Shannon and Kim found a couple boxes of cool old papers, like their birth certificates, and their marriage certificate, and Grandpa's discharge papers from the Army.
 We found the rest of their wedding album... and we scanned all the photos to digital format so we can all enjoy them...

 Grandma and Grandpa with Shannon, Kim, Kris, Joe & Luke or Tony (I think)
 This picture melts my heart... ♥
And this is my Grandma dressed as an Indian princess for a parade in Marvin.

What a wonderful trip down memory lane for us, just wish we had Grandma there to tell us all about it, but I take comfort in knowing she's back with her love again.

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