Friday, 15 April 2011

Rest In Peace

 9 Feb 1925 - 10 April 2011
Winifred Catherine Wilks (nee Gardner), my Auntie Winnie,  She had a love of life, a love of singing, a love of people and a love of quilting and was a member of so many societies too numerous to list.  Her service of remembrance took place in Settle Parish Church on a grey Yorkshire day but the singing in the packed church sent her off in style, the organ thundered and the voices rose, Guide me, O thou great Redeemer and one of my favourites, Jerusalem. She was remembered with sadness and with humour. We journeyed on to the crematorium some 17 miles away and we, and my cousins following, only lost the hearst once, not bad.  A prayer and a meditation from the vicar in the chapel, who had previously said that he fully expects her to arrive in heaven singing and organising the choir, and maybe patch the angels wings with a quilt square. She had a deep faith, the thought would have appealed to her. The coffin disappeared as we quietly contemplated and then the singing of Oklahoma (her favourite musical) rang through the small chapel. She would have loved that touch, I can hear her laughing.
  With her great grandchild.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A lovely tribute to your Aunt, Joy! She sounds like someone I would have loved knowing. I love that there were selections from her favorite musical and all the other touches that personalized it for her. A good sendoff for a lovely lady.

EG Wow said...

Your Aunt Jo sounds like a lovely person, indeed full of life. I'm sorry for your loss.