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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedSeptember 1, 2012
TakenAugust 31, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7000
Exposure1/60 sec at f/3.7999999523163
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light detected
Focal Length22 mm
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Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs...Psalm 150: 4

On August 31st My husband and I attended the funeral of Eileen, a good friend of my late mothers and many people in the community who knew and loved this lady.. She is survived in her immediate family (including some of their mates) by 5 sons, 2 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 19 great- great grandchildren a son-in-law and a half brother. It was a huge funeral for the little town where I grew up and the church was packed to capacity.

I am not one who likes to take pictures at funerals, nor do I care to poke a camera in the face of grieving mourners...but I shot one picture of this older organ that was relegated to the basement of the church after a newer organ replaced it..It held special meaning to the minister whose late grandmother donated it to the church and it also held meaning for me, as my late mother who passed away October 26, 2011, played this organ for many years for church services, funerals and weddings and also the newer organ that came later...She started out with a pump organ when she was 26 years old after the minister of the church at that time asked her to be the organist and she played dutifully for the church until she went to the rest home when she was 101 years old.

Eileen's favorite song that she asked one of her grandsons to sing at her funeral was the "Old Rugged Cross"...It was one of my mother's favorite songs also as she saw the composer, George Bennard in person when she was a child. He sang The Old Rugged Cross as a guest performer at a church service she had attended...She said she never heard it sung so beautifully and powerfully...Mom played that song for many funerals throughout her life and for Sunday Church services.

Here is a link to the song: picture I posted earlier of Eileen sitting with my late mother on a bench in the front vestibule of the Methodist church can be found at this link below:

14 responses

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    lovely piano..loved the old look great capture!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    What a nice trubute Andrea!!! Love the shot too!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    Very personal and most excellent tribute!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    What a wonderful tribute to your friend! I love that beautiful!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    That song was my fathers favorite.....a lovely and emotional tribute

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    A beautiful and touching tribute to your friend, Andrea. My sincere condolences to you..

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 Sep 2012):

    Thank you all for the kind words...It was a sad funeral as Eileen was so respected and
    loved by many in the community who she served so well and she loved her family...It was
    very hard on them. After the funeral, my husband and I were shopping in WalMart when a
    complete stranger came up to me and complimented me on my dress...I told her I normally don't wear a dress for every day but had just been to a funeral. Out of the blue she said
    this lady is no longer suffering in heaven. I was comforted by what she said as she did not
    know Eileen or the nature of her death but yet she said the right words.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    Andrea, What a nice trubute !!!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    What a wonderful tribute to your mothers good friend. So many memories in this older organ ... you captured it wonderfully and gave it a treatment that gives it an old look.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (2 Sep 2012):

    Beautiful and so thoughtful and compassionate!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    Lovely tribute, Andrea, I am sorry for your loss !

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    classic and beautiful shot as well as the song.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    A beautiful way to memorialize your mother and her friend. Music binds people's souls here and beyond.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Sep 2012):

    A lovely tribute to your dear mother, as well as Eileen

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