Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Funeral remembrance cards

It's fashionable to produce a pamphlet to give to mourners these days which allows them to anticipate the service and have something to take home.  And as we age, these pile up! Hopefully your pile is not too big. I suppose these will be a source of material for future genealogists.

I'm fortunate to have a copy of an older card to show you. This man died 1900 in a cart accident. His parents were Thomas William Hall born 1846 Ireland, and Isabella Rebecca Hansen born 1849 Waitangi. He was married in 1888 in Kawakawa to Lavinia Gear and had three children. A handsome chap I've always thought.

A descendant of William Hall died just recently, he was 93yrs old and a wonderful old man devoted to his family and his service was a real celebration of his life. It was an opportunity to get together with the more distant relations and get to know one whom we hadn't met before. This man had been delving into the family tree so we had a lot to talk about. Don't you think it was very brave of him to attend since he didn't know anyone?

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