|David and Cappie Ockey at their 50th wedding anniversary. |
Floyd Spencer Ockey (my grandpa) is third from the left in the back.
Our plan was to choose 1 couple from each of our families, do some research and read some histories, and do a mini-memorial at their gravesite. We would invite anyone who might be interested, make it fun or meaningful in some way, and provide a treat. Honestly, we had no idea how it would turn out.
|I was proud of how well our boys did in the cemetery. |
They were respectful and had a great time.
I wanted to do something fun for kids because I knew that there would be a bunch there (My sister with 12 kids was the most unwavering in her support of this project). I made a simple crossword puzzle with questions from my outline and got some pink mints, which were David Ockey's favorite, for a prize. Then we started baking cookies.
On Saturday, Natalie celebrated her relative, and people came out of the woodwork! Someone in her family posted it on Facebook and she had cousins show up that she hadn't seen since she was 7! After she had such a smashing success, I cranked my expectations down a notch and just hoped somebody would show up.
|Even the adults worked on the crossword puzzles.|
|Seth considers headstones to be benches.|
|It was a pretty good turn out.|
For my family: here are the memorial notes that I shared with you.
|The boys took flowers to Grandma Ockey in Ephraim Cemetery.|
|Here they are with her memorial.|
|Seth is quite the cheeser with his frow-frows|
|This is in Centerfield with Grandma Benson.|
We make it a point to clean each grave (mostly of bird poop) while we are there.
Baby wipes do the job.
|Dax really pushed us to go down to Sanpete and see Grandma Ockey and Grandma Benson. |
It wasn't part of the plan, but how can you say no when he asks?