I hope it isn't in bad taste to share these pictures.
I flew to Atlanta Saturday evening. My sister, Marian, drove up from South Georgia and picked me up at the airport. We had a nice dinner in Atlanta that night and then drove up to North Georgia Sunday morning.
Katie's family lives in a tiny town in the mountains in North Georgia. Their community has been wonderfully supportive during Katie's illness, and they turned out in droves to pay tribute to Katie at her service and at a potluck gathering afterward that was planned as a celebration of Katie's life.
Marian and I arrived early enough to visit with my cousin Wendy (Katie's mom) and my aunt and uncle and other family members for a while before riding with them to the graveside service. We weren't able to stay very long at the picnic because I had to catch a flight back home, but there were going to be yodelers and musicians who'd been favorites of Katie's performing in addition to lots of food and fellowship.
Because her brain tumor was a type that does not metastasize, Katie was able to be an organ donor. We also learned that Katie's mom is expecting a baby in the spring. So amidst great sadness, there were rays of hope as well.
It was a privilege to witness the outpouring of love that this precious little girl inspired. I thank God for sweet Katie.
My Uncle Terry and my sister Marian at the Tallulah Falls Cemetary
Everyone chose a flower from these galvanized vases to hold during the service
This man sang a beautiful rendition of Beulah Land
After the service there was a celebration of Katie's life at the Tallulah Falls Bluegrass Festival area
Over a hundred people from around the country and the world sent beads for a beading party that was planned for Katie's birthday last month. There were tables at the celebration for Katie's friends to make necklaces and bracelets in her memory
People brought lots and lots of delicious food
The weather was absolutely gorgeous
My cousin Wendy (Katie's mom) and my sister Marian (Wendy was wearing a necklace that Katie made for her)
Marian and me (Wendy requested that guests wear Katie's favorite bright colors)
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
I unintentionally contaminated all of the pictures on my blog when I changed my privacy settings on Flickr. I am working backwards to correct them all, but it is quite a tedious procedure! If you encounter a post with error messages from Flickr where the pictures should be, then I haven't gotten to that post yet. Please let me know and I will update it immediately. Thanks for your patience!