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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…

(Originally published on Friday, June 15, 2007)
The sky was clear, the sun was bright and the grass was dusty. A small group of Carters, Wootens and Yorks gathered this morning to say our ceremonial goodbyes to Nattie’s earthly remains. Her grandmother Julia read the following words:

We know this small urn holds no “ordinary” ashes, darling. They’re all we have left of your beautiful life, and we’ve come to place them where we knew you’d want them most of all—near your beloved Grandma and Grandpa Wooten.
And, no, that isn’t all we have left—we have beautiful memories of your valiant spirit, your wonderful testimony of faith and trust in God, and your radiant triumph over all the pain life brought you.
The word “beautiful” has been used with purpose—that is how we will always remember you—our beautiful little girl…our Natalie Rose.
Rest in peace, darling; we’ll see you “in the morning.”

Then we took some pictures, exchanged a few more words and tearful hugs, and went our separate ways. Angel and Karla are helping Mary clean out the “hobbit house” apartment.
Four weeks ago today, Natalie phoned to tell me she was sick. What happened?—Nattie’s Daddy

Comments
HUGS TO YOU ALL
Posted by: Heather/DB at June 15, 2007 03:56 PM
(((Nattie’s Daddy)))
Posted by: Cheri at June 15, 2007 04:10 PM
This whole episode has been so surreal. I can’t imagine what it would be like from a parent’s perspective. Again, I will be praying for you, Aunt Mary and the rest of the family. We will never understand this side of heaven, but God’s plans are perfect. I know we will see Natalie again.
Posted by: cousin mark at June 15, 2007 04:11 PM
It’s the hardest thing – to try to reconstruct your life without Nattie Rose. We try to go on – to pick up where we left off – to live. Yet the best we can do sometimes is just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Blessings on you all. Like Cousin Mark says, we’ll meet again!
Posted by: Joy at June 15, 2007 04:32 PM
My heart goes out to you all and my prayers are said for you all. ((hugs)) I wish I could do something to take the pain away, but I know I can’t. I will think of and pray for you all often.
Posted by: Stacey at June 15, 2007 04:39 PM
Much love and hugs as you move forward. Know that you are being prayed for daily!!!
Posted by: Leann at June 15, 2007 06:40 PM
*shakes head* It just feels so wrong. It’s all happened so fast. My heart and my prayers and my tears are with you.
Posted by: Jojo at June 15, 2007 06:49 PM
I wish I had the right words or that I could make it all better for you, Mary and all who soo deeply love her…but as another has said, sometimes the best we can do is put one foot in front of the other…please KNOW, you are loved and prayed for often…
Posted by: Cynthia at June 15, 2007 07:23 PM
(((((GEOFF)))))
Posted by: Heather at June 15, 2007 08:29 PM
I reinterate what others have said — PLEASE know you are loved and prayed for often. As hard as it is for us to think about rebuilding without Nattie, we know is is so much harder for you.
Posted by: Maria at June 15, 2007 08:45 PM
Everyone who’s posted before me have said it much better than I can. I truly think one day God will make it all clear, but for now, I shake my head in disbelief. You are being remembered in many prayers by people who live literally around the world.
Posted by: vickig97 at June 15, 2007 08:54 PM
I am so glad you were able to lay her to rest today, in a manner befitting a princess. I will miss her until heaven.
Posted by: Pattie at June 15, 2007 10:53 PM
Geoff, thank you for allowing us to share in your celebrations and your grief. You are a wonderful man, and a special family, and I thank God that Nattie had you for 33 years.
Please don’t hesitate to ask for anything.
God bless!
Posted by: Valerie at June 16, 2007 12:02 PM
Prayed a prayer for you to have a happy father’s day! Thinking of you. Thanks for the posts that you have shared.
Posted by: Nancy S. at June 17, 2007 01:56 AM
Nattie’s daddy…Thank you for continueing to post things on Nattie’s site. I think she would be proud that you have continued to do this in her honor. I think its awesome!! I will miss her sweet spirit that I saw every Sunday she was in church.
Dee
Posted by: Dee Hurst at June 17, 2007 07:40 AM
Nattie’s Daddy, I’m so glad you’re posting here. You’re being remembered often in many, many prayers.
Posted by: Vicki G. at June 17, 2007 06:24 PM
I know Nattie would want it said, “Happy Father’s Day.” And she’d *really* want the happy for you.
Posted by: Jamie at June 17, 2007 06:58 PM
I was just thinking of you on this Father’s Day. I can’t imagine what it feels like, but I know it is not good. So, I am sending a cyber hug your way.
Posted by: Heather at June 17, 2007 10:09 PM
We’re praying for you, Uncle Geoff! You are loved! Michelle
Posted by: michelle at June 17, 2007 11:06 PM
Happy Father’s Day.. my prayers and thoughts are with you on this day, and everyday to come. y
Posted by: Erik at June 18, 2007 02:30 AM
Natalie was such an encourager for us women at Curves. Who knew all that she was going through? SHE preached the most uplifting funeral service I have ever heard. Thank you, Nattie. I won’t forget your positive spirit, God’s Girl!
Thank you, family, for the book donation to the Alex library, which she frequented on a nearly daily basis. Her love of reading is “legendary”-parents, you no doubt instilled that in her.
In her brief time with us she touched SO MANY lives in wonderful ways. We are privileged to have known her.
Sending my warmest thoughts & prayers to all her family and friends.
Susan
Posted by: susan at June 18, 2007 08:30 AM
We just got back into town, so my Happy Father’s Day for you is a day short.. Sending you hugs, love, prayers, and a world full of WAH love to you. You are woven into our hearts. Love, Cathie Jo
Posted by: Cathie Jo at June 18, 2007 02:41 PM

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