By Beacham McDougald, CFSP
McDougald Funeral Home
“I loved your mother’s memorial service!”
To no one’s surprise, Lil’s two daughters knew exactly what I meant.
Along with their other sister and brother, they had created a most memorable, unique and enjoyable memorial service for their mother. It fit her personality like her clothes. As a funeral director the memorial service was a moving and touching educational experience; exactly what the family wanted.
Lil was a very unique lady. For a large number of years she was a high school English teacher with a unique connection to her students. She knew that a few were gifted in creative writing; most could be taught the basic principles, and other struggled to write comprehensively. She knew that she was not a successful teacher if she did not connect with all of them. Lil was also ahead of her times in many ways, notably on social issues. In the rural South in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, her positions on race earned her both praise and scorn. As times progressed, many of those who scorned her came to appreciate her visions and wisdom.
It is rare that a family is as prepared for Lil’s memorial service as were her children.