FC: GRACE EILEEN WICK | December 28, 1925- January 28, 2013
1: The Dash I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone, from the beginning to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars the house the cash. What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash. So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel. And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash? by: Linda Ellis
2: "What matters most of all was the dash between those years.." Gracie- Giving, Loving, Funny, Brilliant, Honest, Fair, Compassionate, Gentle, Dedicated, Patient, Fun-loving, Courageous, Full of Life.......
3: Gracie spent over 40 years volunteering at Dixie Elementary. Her last 20 years there were spent as the library assistant. The school, staff, and students meant the world to her and she was so very loved in return by all.
4: Gracie was recognized as one of Louisville's Phenomenal Women of 1998, and received the Golden Rule Award for her work at Dixie Elementary
6: She was loved and cherished by our Manuel family and was a huge part of all of our lives.
7: Gracie's love for life was never ending. She was always ready for an adventure; always ready to explore something new. She once said she started to live when she was 70 years old and began to see the U.S from "sea to shining sea"
13: The many smiling faces of Gracie
16: Gracie was truly one of God's greatest gifts and blessings to me. I often said she was my guardian angel. She came into my life when I needed someone the most, and brought me way more joy than she ever knew. I am so much the better person for having her in my life. In the end, Alzheimer's robbed her of her memory, of her spirit, of her life, but it never took Gracie, her memories, or her spirit away from my heart. In the end, she DID know me- just a long enough to say, "And I love you, Donna".......
18: I know what Gracie's dash is worth. It is worth a lifetime of making a difference. It's worth a lifetime of good will; a lifetime of sharing her joy, her love, her compassion and humor. Her dash is worth a lifetime of giving happiness to everyone she met. Her dash is worth a lifetime of all of us becoming better people for having Gracie in our lives. She can indeed be proud of what is said about how she spent her dash.....