Thursday, April 24, 2014

And so, farewell Mum

Eileen Mabel Palmer
It was a difficult day for the Palmer/Gambles clans today, as we said goodbye to Mum.

We drove to the Flat, met up Neil, Debbie, Alfie and Frankie, and then our Celebrant, Richard Woolnough. We then went onto Beckenham Crematorium by car, for the Service at 1.30.

I’d agreed to lead the tributes with a semi-humorous eulogy covering Mum’s lighter side of life, entitled: ‘The Rebel without a Pause’, whilst the Order of Service was led by Richard, who did a splendid job with just the right overall tone and words to make it all feel very special.

After the event, we travelled back to the Flat for a buffet, and it was good to catch-up with everyone. It also gave us a chance to spend a bit longer chatting, with the ‘pressure’ of the Service now over.

By the time we left it was after 4, so we guessed we were in for a sloooooow journey home - we were right: 3 hours and 5 instead of 1 hour and 50! - and only a 98 mile journey!!