Nov 132015

By Patty Wilber

Dogs fly free on Southwest Airlines!  At least if they are under 50 lbs and statues in a box.

Dog in a box

Dog in a box

This dog “lived” with Jim’s Mom for many many years..

She passed away Oct, 15, 2015. 

Marjorie (Midge) Wilber

Marjorie (Midge) Wilber

At first, I was not especially keen on bringing the statue back to NM, but heck, we adopted Babe, Midge’s living canine, when she moved out of her home into assisted living, so why not the plaster cast dog? And besides, this isn’t any ordinary dog-likeness.  This guy was Midge’s companion until nearly the very end!

Last weekend, all Midge’s descendants (and spouses and significant others–26 of us) descended on Illinois to celebrate her life.  Most of us stayed (and the rest congregated for much of the time) at Jackie, Jim’s oldest sister’s, house. That was an amazing reunion and what a gift to us all.  Thanks SO MUCH Jackie!

The dog was there, too!

Guarding some pictures!

We all spend a good part of one day going through boxes and albums of pictures to make posters for the  memorial service.  Casey created the “Swimsuit Grama” collection and Mark and Erika’s theme was “Tan Grama”.  I think you get the “picture” that swimming was big in Midge’s life!

We talked and laughed and cried and ate.  And ate.

Jane cutting the cheese!

Jane cutting the cheese! Jackie giving advice?  Jake texting it?  Jayme’s hair and Dane in the far back.

Rick, Maegan, Mark and Erika at the pizza place (we were all there)

Rick, Maegan, Mark and Erika at the pizza place (we were all there)

The Stockholm Inn-best Swedish pancakes ever. We had all of us plus many relatives from Jim’s Dad’s side (Jim’s dad passed in 2004).

The memorial service in Rockford was really nice, too. Many old (actually old–not just long-time) friends were there.  And look who snuck into the picture below!

Jackie, Jim, Snub, a dear friend of the family, and Joannie. And, the dog!

All of us except Jayme, who took the picture! The dog was on the other side of the room!

It was kind of a relief (that was a lot of social time!) and also a let down (when will ever be together again?) to head home, but when we got here…

He made it all in one piece!

u get the nose Coulson. i will check out the other end.

Lani says: i am pretty sure this isn’t a real dog, like us….

One of our dogs brought The Dog (this guy really needs a name and apparently he didn’t have one? ) a toy, just in case!

We are happy to have him.