Memorial Day 2023

Memorial Day.  Ahhh.  Summer begins!!  It’s like the feeling of day one of a two week trip–you know there will be happy days ahead and plenty of them.

We met Paul & Leslie to visit Mom’s grave in Orem Cemetery Sunday afternoon.  This year it was just the 4 of us, no kids in town.  John and I took some time after visiting Mom to walk through the cemetery and visit other friends from our past.  I love cemeteries so much.

Monday we traveled to the Spanish Fork Cemetery.  John’s brother, Jeffrey has secured 17 new plots on the east side of the cemetery, planning for the next generation.  He had this beautiful marker installed to mark this gathering place for our generation and for our children.

When I turned 40, John presented me with a deed to our burial plots for my birthday.  They are in the older section of the cemetery, down the row from the older Lewis generations.  We may trade them in to be in this new section with more of the family.

Jeffrey and Kathleen’s headstone is already installed!

Here we are in the older Lewis section, with our beloved pioneer ancestors, John’s parents and siblings.

After the cemetery, we came back to our place for our traditional family BBQ.  We always love this meal of burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, salsa sorta, baked beans, watermelon, chips and some good treats.  All the best summer foods!

After all was said and done, we finished the day with a little yardwork.  John can’t quite part with this old faithful WordPerfect t-shirt.  He’s worn it out, but can’t throw it away.

This weekend I had a very fun visitor, Ken Charters, who Paul and I grew up with in Reedley.  I haven’t seen him since we graduated from Reedley High.  Our birthdays are 10 days apart, and we were part of a happy crowd of Reedley friends growing up.  Paul and Ken are headed off on a fishing trip this week.  They spent a lot of time fishing and camping together while we were growing up.  It was great to see him!

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