This forum post is hidden because you have chosen to ignore PattyDiane. Show Details
This forum post is hidden because you have submitted an abuse report against it. Show Details
In Response to RE: What will be in your coffin? by Sparkel18
You are right about the interesting things that come up surrrounding a funeral. I remember when my paternal grandmother died. For some reason we were not very close to my father's family. He was the oldest of nine brothers and sisters but his youngest two sisters, who were actually my favorites, but both lived out of town and only came back for weddings or funerals. One of them had been doing some research for the DAR. It seems there is more status if one can find more than one thread connecting the family to the revolution. She thought she had found a line on a new one and had been communicating with my mother who was going to the state archives to look up information for her.
In her research she had discovered another branch of the family and had been communicating with some distant relatives in Texas who were also doing research. Needless to say, this was before the days of computers.
We were gathered at the funeral home and I was enjoying a rare visit with these two aunts when a very distinguished looking man came through the door. He was very tall, at least 6'2". My own father was barely 6' tall and he was one of the taller of the family which made this new man stand out in addition to the mass of snow white hair and bright blue eyes.
Standing in the door way he asked if this was the Buffington gathering. Then he asked if Mary Anne was present. It was Mary Anne that I was visiting with at the moment and she looked so confused that she would be singled out in this way, but the man was pointed in our direction.
He quickly solved the mystery when he introduced himself as one of the distant relatives from Texas that she had been writing. It seemed he had been on a flight between Dallas and New York with a lay-over in Atlanta. To kill time he purchased a newspaper and, as was his custom, checked out the obits to see if there were some familiar names. He saw the notice of my Grandmother's death and came to pay his respects.
That turned out to be the most interesting funeral I have ever attended.