Rockell Bay - Mom's picnic on the beach, New Zealand

The sunrise on Saturday was lovely.  I’ve had mixed feelings about having another ‘service’ for Mom.  This is what she had requested, but it just made all the emotions and grief resurface for all of us.  I bucked up and with the help of Mom’s ‘adopted’ New Zealand daughter, Glenda and good friend Glenys, we got the food prepared, the tables decorated, gave directions to the guys and were ready for the neighbors to arrive at 12.

Glenda and Glenys helped to keep the mood in the kitchen light hearted!

Dad gave a few words, then we all walked 
down to a spot that had been chosen for a
 Puhutakawa tree, a Maori Princess, 
to be planted in Mom’s honor. 

About half of her ashes were spread here.  The afternoon was spent socializing and getting caught up on friends and neighbors life and activities.  The day ended with one more group swim to Ken’s boat for some ‘jumping off’ activites.

About 15 of us shared some campfire memories from previous visits and the famous New Zealand humor until late in the evening.

                         Our New Zealand family and friends gathered for a great picnic.

Sunday morning, we all gathered once again and as a group headed just off shore in Kens boat.  A few more final words were said.  

Then in sight of our bach at Rockell Bay and Brookers Bay, previous home to  their dear friends Brian and Margaret’s – the instigators for getting them to NZ in the first place, Dad placed the rest of Mom’s ashes in the sea.  

The wind stopped, the sky was beautiful and the ocean was teal blue , the same color of  Mom’s eyes.  

Brandon, Dylan, Brian and Dad

Dylan dreams about his own yacht.... someday!

Glenda, our adopted sister!

Carl and Hayden

Laura, Carl and Glenda

Rory, our adopted cousin

Sheryl, our other adopted sister and Alesha in the background, another cousin!

It’s done.  …..Well, except for the ‘shooting her out of a cannon’ part  - also a request of hers!  But that will have to wait until we return to the states for that little caper!


  1. HiJeanne,
    This is neil royer, from S/v Liahona.
    Kris and I both want to wish you and Tom all the best on your new adventure.
    We are in barra de navidad. We fly vack to the states tomorrow.
    Kris and I were having dinner, and thought we would check up on your blog and see how you are doing.
    What a surprise! Haha
    Cant wait to hear and follow your new adventures.
    Your friends
    Neil and kristi
    S/v Liahona

  2. Hi Jeanne;

    My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Gordon and Linda in 2007 after we took a trip to New Zealand and spent two weeks at their Cottage on the Bay. First, let me say I'm sorry to hear of you Mom's passing. Our condolences. But, good to see Gordon traveling. We had the pleasure of "bidding" and "winning" the two week adventure at the 2006 Jingle Jam Ball. Gosh, I can't believe it was 12 years ago? I just retired from Boeing and I decided to get my Masters Degree from UofW Tacoma in Cyber-security. I want to travel and work from anywhere. Your Blog and your "Go Now" is very inspiring. We are both in our mid-60's now and time to do something else besides "working" for the "Man."

    Good to see your Husband is a "bird" nerd. He and Rose (my wife) would get along just fine. Every day at the cottage she would do her Yoga/Pilates with "the shore birds!!" The binoculars were used every day. We would hike, walk, tour, drive and just enjoy. When the rain little creek would fill up. We loved a hike up in the "woods." We called it our "Jurrasic Park" hike. Big trees.

    I have you bookmarked on my browser. I'm watching Costa Rica now...

    Be safe.

    Ed & Rose King
    Gig Harbor, WA


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