Reflections on the Memory Garden
Just thinking of my dear friend, Eleanor (Mrs. William Smith), and the part she played in the millennium memory garden project by the Sunday school. A young mother who “held the fort” and raised their family while Bill served in Italy and Holland, she planted an emerald cedar in memory of their daughter Wilma (Smith) Muylaert. When the tree did not survive the highway exhaust, Eleanor's son Terry replaced it, and Eleanor and I found several beautiful little cedars, a concrete bench and bird bath to make a restful setting on the south lawn. The “men” went into action and built a patio. David Martin ordered plaques for dedicated trees, and as the area become well-treed, a display board for the plaques was built. When the frost damaged the bench, Dave repaired it! The memory garden is the setting for the blessing of the animals in June and new memorials are dedicated, a favourite family Sunday and picnic.