Funeral for My Mother


Joclair Ellenberg Taylor – 1928-2014

Yesterday we held the funeral for my mother. It was a time of grieving, but also of celebration. Now, with both parents gone, our large family feels somewhat adrift. However, we’ve always been very close, and I’m sure we will come to rely on each other even more as the days pass.

I want to express my sincerest thanks for all of the warm greetings and condolences from my friends, family and colleagues. Even if I haven’t had a chance to respond personally, know that I appreciate each one that has reached out to us during this time.

My brother, Stephen, provided the eulogy for my mother during the funeral service, and my brother-in-law, Jennings, spoke at the graveside service. Stephen has posted the eulogy on his website.

One of my tasks this past week was to put together a slideshow to play before the funeral services. Going back through old photographs brought back lots of memories. The task was made a bit easier by the fact that my sister-in-law, Lynda, had done an outstanding job scanning and organizing the photos.

Of these photos there were several that really jumped out. The one below is probably my favorite. It’s a photo of my mom while in high school. There is something about the eyes that grab you in this photo.


The second photo that I love is one of my mother and father while in college. They are young, laughing, and enjoying life, starting a journey that would last over 65 years.


Some of my family and friends wanted to see or get copies of the video. Since this is the age of social media, I’ve posted a version to YouTube, and have embedded it below:

I remember when my dad passed waves of grief would hit me at the oddest moments. I’m sure it will be the same with Mom. I know that from here on out, every time I head out on one of our rambling adventures, Mom and Dad will be along in spirit.

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Comment (1)

  1. Stephen

    Tom, you did a great job with the slideshow. I really didn’t get to see it at the funeral, so this was nice to view today. Thank you.


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