Sad times and happy time
Monday, April 17, 2017
My parents married in 1946, had 5 children and divorced not long after my wedding. Dad married a widow who had her own 5 children. Dad was married for more than 60 years which was split about the same amount to each. My dad has suffered with Alzheimer's for several years but was finally set free from the frustration of all that. We had a very nice Because I moved away from Lincoln (Nebraska) when I married I missed most of the drama and never got to know the step siblings while my 3 brothers and one sister got to know them fairly well. We had a nice memorial service today but the slide show was hard to watch all the pictures of dad with all the other family. Only two of them have tried to be friendly -I think they are most like my stepmother who's very nice. We've spent time together shopping and getting pedicures. For the service one of my nephews and two of my nieces along with half a dozen of Mary's kids sang at the beginning of the service. Just to make life more confusing is my mom's name was Mary, my sister's name is Mary, and my stepmother's name is Mary. It was quite confusing at times.
This evening we took a drive to the cemetery which is out in the country (Raymond NE) and found our grandmother's plot. We will be digging the dirt off her plot and placing dad's ashes on top of her casket. His mom died when he was just two after having another baby late at night and both died when she bled to death and this is his way of being with her again. We had never heard of that being done but the cemetery director said it is done all the time, sometimes just to save money. Once we've done this it will be time to take our two small granddaughters back to their parents in Florida.