Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Celebration of Life

My closest friends dad passed away last Thursday after a 6 year battle with breast cancer. Her dad and mom have been a strong influence on my choices and life here in Juneau. Also, Stan made me believe that even when your body was failing you can still have happiness and a smile on your face. To find the humor when you can, and to cry when you need to.

I was lucky enough to visit often and even play in Seattle with Stan and Carol, Em and I having to buy lunch so "Dad" would pay for dinner at the Melting Pot.

The power of our Heavenly Father in amazing. I had not seen Emily in about two weeks and last Thursday I offered to have her come to the end of Cheer practice (will blog more on that later). Em and the kids met Hannah and I at the park and we played and talked for about a half hour. While putting the kids in the car Em's phone rang. It was her Mom saying to head over now. We moved her kids to my car and Em left. Her Dad passed away that night.

It is hard to know what to do for a friend and her mom in a time like this... I have just been there and helped where I could. There have been happy and sad tears and I am sure there will be more.

Below is the Obituary for Stan... I loved him ... and he will be missed.

Stan died August 30th after a 6 year courageous battle with breast cancer. He was born in 1948, in Juneau, and except for college and 4 years of teaching in Yakutat, he spent his life in Juneau.

Stan met and married his wife of 39 years, Carol, in Bellingham, WA. Dad will be missed by daughter and son-in-law Emily and Scott Fergusson and son Paul Burrows, all of Juneau. “Gampa” will be missed by Katie and Luke. He enjoyed spending time with family either at home or traveling. He is proceeded in death by father Roland Burrows. He is survived by his mother Jewel Beach (Lacey, WA) and step-mother Helen Burrows (Seaside, OR), brother Doug and Christy Burrows (Vancouver, WA), step-brother David and Judy Hoppe, step-sister Anita and Owen Taylor.

Stan was active at Chapel by the Lake. He was in lay minister training and enjoyed sharing his relationship with God. He helped churches in Yakutat and the chapel sanctuary. He taught Bethel Bible classes and was a Stevens minister. He served numerous terms as an elder. He was one of the first smiling faces visitors met. He always had a kind word, hand-shake, or hug for those he knew.

Stan sang with a bright tenor voice in church choir, mens quartets, and with Lyric Opera. He was happiest when sharing his gift of music with others.

Stan worked for the Department of Labor for 30+ years and after retirement, drove school bus. Always sending the kids off to school with a smile and telling them to “have a great day”.

A celebration of life service will be held at Chapel by the Lake Friday, September 7th at 4:00.

Donations can be made to either Chapel by the Lake or Hospice of Juneau

No comments: