Thursday, July 17, 2008

Her Legacy

Well we returned home last night from our trip to Utah for my Aunt's funeral. It was an emotionally draining time, there were many tears and yet we found our selves laughing and celebrating her life. So many people had been touched by hers, my Uncle Mike spoke during the funeral and shared memories of my Aunt, most of them funny ones. I will share just one of those, he spoke of a time when Annetta decided to teach him to drive the family car, she told him to put the car in drive and then push on the gas, well I guess she failed to explain the process of stopping the vehicle and as he reached nearly 50 mph on their dirt road he realized he was gonna have to figure out how to stop the car or he would be driving directly into the house. He managed to find the break and brought it to a screeching halt just feet from the house, he said that a cloud of dust flew past and it was then that learning to drive would have to wait a bit longer.
My Aunt really lived her life, she was not a watcher but a doer, my cousin's husband Bob described her laugh perfectly "Part cackle,part explosion" she inspired the joy out of any situation. Annetta was a collector, she filled her home with treasures, rocks, fairies, birds (particularly cardinals)glass bottles, pictures and many other lovely things. She loved to work in her garden and to watch the Price Is Right every morning, every time I heard these mentioned it made me think of my Grandma Amy Novakovich (Annetta's Mom). Grandma was also a collector and a lover of the Price Is Right and gardening, it was amazing to me that my Aunt had held the traditions of her mother (my grandma) in such high esteem that she too loved them and then passed them on to her children and grand-children. What an amazing way to honor her Mom! During the events of the past few days I spent some precious moments with my extended family, we hugged and held each other up during this hard time. How blessed am I to have a strong family unit, I really felt overwhelmed knowing that while we all live some distance from one another, if I ever needed them they would be there one hundred percent!! For my family that was not able to attend the funeral I decided that I would post some pictures from one of the viewings and the burial. I have many more and once I get them uploaded I will make a link available to view them or save them to your own computer.

We watched a video of her life
So many that came to honor her
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They gave little stones to each of the children as a reminder of Annetta
My uncle Lyle and his son Glenn
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Tom & Rachel said...

That is so hard, but it looks like it was a really sweet time for your family too. I hope everyone is doing well.

Jess & Liz said...

You know, this might sound crazy, but I am someone that enjoys going to funerals. Especially those that I am so close to. I loved hearing all the stories of my grandpa and brother that people told. You laugh at some and cry at others. It is great for the younger kids that did not have a relationship with her.

Viva Las Floyds said...

What sweet picture. That one of Lexi and your mom is heart breaking...she's the sweetest girl! I hope you guys are all finding comfort.

John and Marissa said...

Finally! I can leave comments...the settings have been weird on my computer. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Aunt. Thank goodness we have the gospel and know that it is only a temporary separation from our loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys...Love ya!

Steph said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. I'm glad you were able to go and remember her life with family.