October 23, 2007

Services for Jessie

We will be having services for Jessie on Friday, October 23:

Bill Head Funeral Home
6101 Hwy 29 (Lawrenceville Hwy)
Tucker, GA 30084

Receiving of friends will be from 3pm to 4pm. At 4pm we will adjourn to the funeral home's chapel for stories, anecdotes and memories of Jessie. Everybody and anybody who wishes to share their thoughts, feelings and memories of Jessie or their wishes and condolences for the family is encouraged to do so.

When we complete our mourning for Jessie's death at the funeral parlor I want everybody to come back to our home to help me celebrate the life of this vibrant, strong and beautiful woman with me.

2816 Castle Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

After the service to 9pm (-ish)

But what if I'm hungry:
Food and refreshments will be there. BYOB (please drink responsibly)

This home we live in was an incredible source of pride for Jessie. She was able to provide something for our children that she never had as a child herself - a house. Her favorite thing in the world was to have friends over to enjoy it with her and I aim to maintain the tradition without pause.

I know that some folk won't be able to make it to the funeral home because of the timing and it being a work day. Not a problem. We won't be validating ticket stubs from the service or anything like that so just come straight to the house any time 5ish or later.

Dress for everything this day is whatever you are most comfortable in - suit, slacks, dockers or shorts. Whatever it is, make it something you like to wear. My wife truly hated getting gussied up and very specifically did not want people to dress up on account of her. To put it bluntly, your presence is what is important and I don't give a rat's ass what you wear as long as you feel good in it. If you would like to use me as a yardstick I plan on wearing jeans, sneakers and a shirt Jessie bought me.

KIDS ARE WELCOME. Please bring them if you can.

All guests are also encouraged to take a pet home with them.

Posted by Jim at October 23, 2007 01:58 AM | TrackBack

Since it's not possible for me to attend in 'body' (I live in CA), just know that I'll be attending in spirit.

Although Jess and I might have begun our relationship 'on the wrong foot', I, over time, had grown to appreciate her. To care deeply and sincerely for her. Would someone who is attending be kind enough to mention this for me?

Thank you,

Posted by: sgt at October 23, 2007 12:48 PM

My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: oddybobo at October 23, 2007 03:08 PM

I really wish I was able to attend in person.
I had more to say but the words keep failing me and tears fill my eyes.


Posted by: Wallace Lee Shipp Jr. at October 23, 2007 07:50 PM

I am a reader from way back, and was so saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. I was thinking this morning when I read the news thatyour wife's writing showed a very strong, spirited person, and I enjoyed reading her writing as well....
Again, my thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Mitzi at October 23, 2007 10:05 PM

I'm an Atlanta blogger and reader. Unfortunately, I cannot attend, but please know that the spirit of the blogosphere is with you.

Posted by: Stacy at October 24, 2007 06:03 PM

I love you guys.

Posted by: Nicki at October 24, 2007 08:09 PM

From one Dutch person far away from home...Jessie made me feel at home when I was very sad, I will never forget her. All mt sympathy to you and the boys.

Posted by: at October 25, 2007 06:23 AM

We will miss you Jessie!!!
We always had a great time discussing kids,homeschooling and life(dutch life)

Ineke and Family
Baldwinsville NY

Posted by: Ineke at October 25, 2007 06:46 AM

I will miss Jessie and the many talks online, comparing stories about our lives in Holland and America.

Maria and family
South Bend, Indiana

Posted by: Maria at October 25, 2007 07:37 AM

Dear Jessie,
I hope that your strong feeling for righteousness and your love for animals will continue on in your 3 beautiful sons.
And Jesse......we knew that you did not steal our bikes during the war:-)
with all our love.
Son and Yvonne

Posted by: Yvonne at October 25, 2007 10:21 PM

Dear jessie,
As i'm writing this, tears are in my eyes. I cannot imagine never seeing you again and having one of our many discussions on line in our dutch group.
I wish Jim and your boys all the strenght they will need to go on without you.
I'll never forget you called me the nep-oma (fake grandmother)

Posted by: Gerda at October 28, 2007 09:25 AM
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