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Remembering Our Grandmother

My beautiful Grandmother, Clarice Darlene Durkee ,passed away on August 22, 2013 at the age of 93.  I wanted to share some of the images from her memorial and the time the family had to spend together.  There were lots of tears shed that weekend.  It will be very strange not having her around or hearing her voice again.  I am happy that she lived a long and full life and we did our best to celebrate her life and to remember all the great times we had with her.  She will be missed more than you know!

Clarice Darlene Durkee  October 25, 1920 – August 22, 2013

We dug up many old photos of my Grandmother this last week.  It was fun remembering all the fun times we had together!

We dug up many old photos of my Grandmother this last week. It was fun remembering all the fun times we had together!

This is a picture of my grandparents next to a box that my Grandpa made to send things to my Grandma while he was away in World War 2.  Amazing!

This is a picture of my grandparents next to a box that my Grandpa made to send things to my Grandma while he was away in World War 2. Amazing!

We found some of Grandma's dearest items she kept in her drawer next to her bed.

We found some of Grandma's dearest items she kept in her drawer next to her bed.

Little locks of hair from her and her siblings in a box

Little locks of hair from her and her siblings in a box

Her jewelry boxes and perfume

Her jewelry boxes and perfume

"Beyond the Sunset"...Grandma's favorite song

"Beyond the Sunset"...Grandma's favorite song

A postcard from the 40's from a radio station.  While Grandpa was away at war Grandma was coined "The Yoddling Sweetheart" while working at the radio station

A postcard from the 40’s from a radio station. While Grandpa was away at war Grandma was coined “The Yoddling Sweetheart” while working at the radio station
Grandma's Bible

Grandma's Bible

When all the girls were picking out jewelry items to keep I chose a more sentimental piece. A charm bracelet of her first three grandchildren (Deonna (me), Dominic & Angela)

When all the girls were picking out jewelry items to keep I chose a more sentimental piece. A charm bracelet of her first three grandchildren (Deonna (me), Dominic & Angela)

Grandma's Church - Without Walls

Grandma's Church - Without Walls

Memorial Table

Memorial Table

Picture of Grandma & Grandpa

Picture of Grandma & Grandpa

Uncle Frank & Carla singing "Old Rugged Cross"

Uncle Frank & Carla singing “Old Rugged Cross”

Uncle Jim sharing heartfelt words

Uncle Jim sharing heartfelt words

Angela telling funny stories of Grandma and then making everyone cry at the end.

Angela telling funny stories of Grandma and then making everyone cry at the end.

I decided to talk about how Grandma's life inspired me.

I decided to talk about how Grandma’s life inspired me.
David speaking off the cuff and doing a great job making us laugh and remember Grandma.  I especially enjoyed the part where he told Alisha she was Grandma's favorite!

David speaking off the cuff and doing a great job making us laugh and remember Grandma. I especially enjoyed the part where he told Alisha she was Grandma's favorite!

What a tear jerker this was.  Alisha's words spoken by Paul.  I'm sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

What a tear jerker this was. Alisha's words spoken by Paul. I'm sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Final words from the Pastor

Final words from the Pastor

Performance of "Beyond the Sunset"

Performance of “Beyond the Sunset”
This image says it all!

This image says it all!

Final prayer for the family

Final prayer for the family
Memorial Dinner

Memorial Dinner

Grandpa has his pick of six different desserts!

Grandpa has his pick of six different desserts!

Grandpa and all his girls!

Grandpa and all his girls!
We got to spend quality time with each other before and after the memorial which was nice.

We got to spend quality time with each other before and after the memorial which was nice.

Beautiful Sierra

Beautiful Sierra

Grandpa with his two new great grandboys!!  Don't they look like twins?

Grandpa with his two new great grandboys!! Don’t they look like twins?
Caleb looking dapper in his new outfit for Grandma's memorial

Caleb looking dapper in his new outfit for Grandma's memorial

Caleb with momma

Caleb with momma


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