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Journal entry by David Helfen

Yesterday, May 24, 2021 would have been Mom's 73rd birthday. So, we decided to schedule this day to have her memorial service in the Rose Garden Room at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Steve, Jackie, and I all gave remarks and then guests were invited to walk the gardens and visit her memorial bench. Many people attended in person and a few joined us through a Zoom call. 

I know many people who would have normally attended were unable and so we are going to share links to several things for those to go back and see the service and the scattering of her ashes.

I have attached a couple pictures of Steve and our wives at Mom's bench (with Mom in the cute red velvet bag). The other photo was on the table next to the podium. It is an old photo of Mom that accents her eyes, a framed copy of a poem read at the service, and a rock painted with her go-to phrase - carpe diem.

The links below are to the following:

This is a copy of the Zoom video of the remarks provided by Steve, Jackie and myself: We  created a slide show that was run while we spoke:

Recording of Zoom Call with slide show running

This is the same video from the Zoom call, starting at a different spot, just layered with some meaningful songs to us:

Video Slideshow to Music

Mom's Burial at Sea - We couldn't quite pull off the Viking funeral but we did scatter her ashes according to her wishes: 


Thank you to everyone that has taken this long journey with us. Thank you to everyone who shared a fond memory or a kind word. I have actually missed Mom today more than any day since she passed but I am so happy to know how much she meant to so many.

Thank you,

Dave and Steve
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