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General News · 10th November 2019
David Ellingsen
Our family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped in making November 2nd such a day and joined us in remembering Ginnie and the wonderful woman she was - a “splendid torch” indeed.

I would also like to remember again those who could not be with us that day, grieving from afar: eldest son Daniel Ellingsen; brother Rob Wilson, sister Carolyn Watson and husband Ron and family, and sister Bridget Steffens and husband Henrik and family. Also her cousin Christopher Wilson, who knew her longer than anyone else alive, and her life-long friends Freda Ellis, Mary Harrison, Jen Whitely and family, and many of the nurses from her training set at Leeds General Infirmary.

Now, thank you to…
Darshan and Alex for graciously documenting the day for us. Yvonne Kipp for organizing the poetry readers. Mark Christian for helping us organize Mansons Hall. Suzanne Minogue for the delicious food, as always. Ann Dewar for your help at the cemetery. Also Matt Cuscianna and Elijah Verschuur – thank you. Shannon Jonassen for the playlist. Aaron Ellingsen for fiddling mom to her final resting place. Tom Gregg and Doug Mcknight for helping organize the procession. Rev. Lincoln McKoen for the Anglican prayers Ginnie wished for. Andy Ellingsen, Laurel Bohart, Yvonne Kipp, Elinore Harwood, Dayna Davis and Laura Ellingsen for your songs. Yvonne Louie, Sandy Emmonds, Jacqueline Mathieu and Georgina Silby for The Prayer Song during the burial. Georgina Silby, thank you again for all the good advice and help everywhere. Ester and Nicola for organizing all those supplies and support. Donna and Mike Manson and CIMAS for the loan of the lectern. Mark and Sherry Deutschmann for opening your Southpoint house for family guests. Dancing Wolf, Kira and Edward for your cooperation and assistance at a difficult time. We hope the memorial for your dear Charles went well.

Thank you to those who read poetry or spoke at the memorial: Ester Strijbos, Ezra Ellingsen, Emilie Hansen, Georgina Silby, Leah Seltzer, Yvonne Kipp, Dayna Davis, Stephanie Asbeck, Sherry Sprungman, Christine Ho, Helen Hall, Barbara Buffington, Monica Nawrocki, Hanyu Wasyliw, Andy Ellingsen, Deena Chochinov, Eric Posen, George Sirk, Liisa Ingimundsun, Lizzy Rooke and Nancy Beach.

And, all the people who emptied their autumn gardens for the decorating and also those who just ‘showed up’ to help decorate the hall - amazing, amazing, amazing.

Finally, I’ll sign off again with the last reading of that day, A Splendid Torch by George Bernard Shaw. I cannot think of more appropriate words that speak to the way my mom lived her life.

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”


x David


PS
Some folks asked about a list of the poems:

1. The Guest House by Jellaludin Rumi
2. Makers of Eternity by R Lee Sharpe
3. Red Brocade by Naomi Shihab Nye
4. Life is Short by Henri Frederic Amiel
5. Let Evening Come by Jane Kenyon
6. The River Still Flows by Dianne Buchanan
7. Scattering Ashes by David Scott
8. Warning by Jenny Joseph
9. Fern Hill, Dylan Thomas
10. Beneath the Sweater and the Skin, Jeannette Encinias
11. The Horses by Edwin Muir
12. An Orchard Poem Upon Ginnie’s Passing by Laura Ellingsen
Thank you!
Comment by Nancy Beach on 21st November 2019
And nice light blessing at 4:55 minutes of the memorial slideshow link!
Beautiful memories
Comment by Jennifer Stevens on 11th November 2019
The service for Ginnie was beautiful. The photos are an amazing tribute to the deep love and affection felt by the community. I am so grateful to be a part of this loving community that can love and grieve together.