DUM VIVO CANO
Last year I went to the Mowry family reunion held in Woonsocket. My family has close ties to Woonsocket.. I have often gone to Oak Hill cemetery when I was a child, brought there by my father's sister, my Aunt Grace. She was extremely faithful in decorating and caring for the graves of her family. My father's mother was Ida Mowry and her grave is in a small cemetery in Cumberland on Dexter Street . It was my Aunt Grace, who died in 2000 at the age of 90, and her Aunt Almira Barlow who did the research on all the Union soldiers buried there and convinced the town of Cumberland that they should at least mow the grass and keep the grave sites accessible to those of us who still want to honor our dead.
Aunt Grace and Auntie Barlow won a large victory, and I was impressed by her determination and her insistence on doing the right thing. She was a person of high standards, and much as I try to imitate her, I always feel that she was always light years ahead of me in so many ways.
Just as he placed a message in each of you, dear reader. That is what is new about each of us and what we are here to discover and share. Let's get on with the show--while we live we can sing.