Highlights from a Celebration of Life

Life/Recreation - People
By: goodselfme    
31-Oct-2015

Introduction:My friend Nancy Jane Reid will be very much missed!

  • 01

    Event

    If you have never been to celebrate someones life, after they have left the earth to be with their maker, you have missed a great event. A woman I have known for about 3 years died and her family constructed a party to commemorate her life on earth. This was a well planned event of about 200 people in the Performing Arts Center in Newport, Oregon, U. S. A. People mingled as snap shots were displayed on the screen with parts of Nancy Jane's life shared with everyone in the theater area. Since it was Halloween, some friends were dressed in costumes.

  • 02

    Invitations

    Anyone who knew Nancy Jane Reid was invited to reminisce her life with pictures of her from her family. The local newspaper "The News Times" in Newport, Oregon, U.S. A. sent out an open invitation to all who wanted to pay their last respects to the family of Nancy Jane Reid. It was not a formal written invitation to each person. If you talked to someone who told you Nancy Jane's life was going to be celebrated on October 31, 2015 you could attend the celebration. It was a great time to give thanks for knowing such a wonderful lady as Nancy Jane.

  • 03

    Program

    As the celebration began some groups of people who were closely connected with Nancy Jane presented skits and mini plays in remembrance of her. This was done with words and pictures to honor Nancy Jane Reid's life. She was 64 years old and passed fighting the health condition cancer. She fought a long time. As the program ended we all sang together in groups of three as Pete, Nancy Jane's husband planned for us all to join. As eyes were closed the melodious sounds held a special meaning as one remembered Nancy Jane's love for music and the arts, all of her life.

  • 04

    Nancy Jane Reid's Many Accomplishments

    Nancy Jane Reid was a writer and was instrumental in organizing the group for children interest in art and all the many facets it includes. She was an actress, singer and a wonderful photographer. Her conversational skills were extra ordinary. She let you get to know her the moment you met her. Anyone liked her instantly upon her warm smile and welcoming words. Nancy Jane Reid was a woman of exterior designs too. Her clothes and the way she lived life showed her extreme skills at putting things together that no one else had ever done. These presentations made Nancy Jane famous and appreciated by the art community.

  • 05

    Reception

    As the final notes were still lingering in the auditorium, people began flowing out to the reception area where food and beverages were served. Fruits made into animals and other beautiful shapes filled huge trays for all to help themselves while everyone visited about the celebration of Nancy Jane's life. Wow, she was truly a lady who knew many people from all walks of life. I knew her from our water exercises together that kept her able to walk short distances. She never complained, but the difficulty at getting around was obvious just watching her enter and exit the community pool.


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