Many of you knew our Grandma Joanne… and in fact… some of you even adopted her as your own. For that reason, I wanted to share a special part of her memorial with you.
Her wish was to be cremated, and her ashes spread over the Ocean. Our Grandma loved to visit the Oregon Coast, particularly the little town of Depoe Bay. So it was no surprise when she chose that area for her ashes. The Weather along Oregon Coast is typically overcast, cold, windy and rainy. As you can imagine, this is challenging for small aircraft pilots. It was no different the morning of Grandma’s Memorial… and we were worried the weather would not cooperate with her final wish. Mark Henshell; the Pilot, is a dear friend to Grandma. He agreed that if the weather was bad… he would fulfill her wish on another day.
The only problem with that, is many family members would probably not be able to come back to see the fly over. The weather in Depoe Bay was really poor when Mark took off from Salem, only a 25 minute flight away. We were growing concerned that he may end up having to turn back. 20 minutes later… the winds start to calm… and the rain fades. Just then… a small aircraft appears in the distance… dips his wing to say hello… and fulfills our Grandmothers final wish.
We Love You Grandma JoAnne…