Oh, what a wonderful weekend! I am still on cloud nine from Kelly’s celebration of life that we hosted in conjunction with the great city of Marseilles, Ill. The last of my visitors left today and I’m still relishing the events that transpired over the last few days.
It kicked off on Saturday with the Dr. Sutton memorial bridge walk, benefitting the Marseilles Nursing Services. This much-deserving group is entirely community funded and has been helping citizens of Marseilles since it was started in 1919. It helps provides people with wheel chairs, walkers, blood sugar testing equipment and much more.
I couldn’t have been more proud of my granddaughter Alyssa who led the walk with me, twirling our batons and smiling all the way! I must also thank my dear friend Ruth Farrell, who I almost forced to walk. She was tiring and knowing I was still going strong kept her walking and finishing it. Way to go Ruthie! I knew you had it in you.
Everyone who was involved in the activities all day on Saturday, from free trolley tours, to the school opening its doors so former residents could take a walk down memory lane and see their old high school. Thank you!
I also must thank the Steve Sharp Band for their wonderful music during the beer garden hours and while everyone enjoyed the delicious BBQ chicken dinner. The meal was brought to you by our wonderful food vendor PFG (TPC). In fact, our salesperson, Julie manned the tent along with some of my first employees. You may have seen them donned in white aprons complete with photos of Kelly with his signature cigar. PFG (TPC) donated the meal and we were able collect donations for the great city of Marseilles. The wonderful churches of Marseilles lovingly prepared delicious desserts, thank you ladies! They all looked so wonderful.
The main event was the clock dedication with the clock we had installed downtown Marseilles. This would have not been possible without our wonderful Mayor, Patti Smith. Thank you Patti for all your hard work and dedication to making this event memorable from start to finish. Thank you to Pastor James Brown for your wonderful dedication prayer. And thank you to all my kids: Chris, Paula, Ruth, Pete and Sarah. Thank you to my grandchildren who were able to come and thank you to all my family and friends for coming out and honoring Kelly’s life.
The night wouldn’t have been complete without some “rocking around the clock” after the clock dedication. With music by the Cool Rockin’ Daddies, we enjoyed ourselves so much. Thank you!
Oh, and the weather ended up absolutely beautiful! This was a little bit of a pleasant surprise since all last week it looked like they were forecasting 80 percent chance of rain. I couldn’t have asked for better weather!
Thank you to everyone who came out, and those of you who helped out, I am so appreciative of everyone who came to celebrate Kelly’s life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!