Tomorrow we will gather at Willamette National Cemetery to say goodbye to a family friend.
Fred and Diana were friends of my Mom and John. They came over a lot with their daughter, Danni, when I was in high school. We were at her mom's beach cabin when Mt. St. Helens spewed ash everywhere.
Fred was a vet from the Vietnam war. Not a bragger...a kid doing what he was told to do he would say.
Diana was the girlfriend waiting at home.
Life was never that easy for them. Jobs came and went, health issues came. They never gave up and their zest for life never died. They went on trips and they never quit figuring out ways to have fun.
Fred died a few years ago...I think it was cancer.
This past year Diana put up a helluva fight against lung cancer. The cancer spread. I saw her last fall while she was staying with Mom and John. Diana was not shy about showing Eric and I how her head had been stapled together after doctors had gone in to remove what they could of the spreading cancer.
Diana will rest with her love, Fred. tomorrow.
I asked Danni for a favorite song of Diana's. Of all the songs, this is the one that popped into her head first:
Goodbye Diana. We mourn, but thought of you will always put smiles on our faces.