Right away our daughter began collecting and scanning photos, creating a video to be shown at the viewing and later the funeral. Then she started adding photos that people were taking as we gathered together. The album currently boasts well over 500 photos and continues to grow as different ones contribute their own. It's been precious to look at both the old and the new... to remember dad and reminisce together, and create new memories in the process.
I decided to include just a few here, because I know when I look back I'll want a record of the event on this blog which serves as my journal. Plus there are probably some who read this who can't access that album, and might be interested in this part of our family history.
First of all, dad as a young man:
One of the first family photos I remember seeing was this one (I think it was in an old pray-for-your-missionaries booklet) when Ivan was about 5 years old:
Meemaw Moments. Did you know she's the oldest and the only girl?
Dad and mom were just a little older than we are now when I met them for the first time:
When dad and mom celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1992, all their children were there:
In recent years two strokes meant that dad had to move into the medical care portion of a retirement village:
After the funeral someone thought to take a photo of mom with her children:
Even before the funeral the family was inundated with calls, cards, e-mails, facebook messages... evidence of dad's testimony and influence that spread across the U.S. and Argentina. Beautiful tributes that meant a lot to mom and the rest of the family.
There are more photos I can, and will, share on my next Project 365 post. But this is enough for now. Just a little walk down memory lane, as we celebrate the life of Solon Waverly Hoyt.
Solon Waverly Hoyt, 91, of Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.
He was born on April 2, 1921, in Dallas Center, Iowa to Clarence Lyman Hoyt and Anna Leola (Dorsey) Hoyt. On Aug. 22, 1942, he was married to Kathryn Ruth Hirschy, who survives in Winona Lake.
He was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 30 years, where he was a member of Lakeland Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw, Ind. He attended Bryan University in Dayton, Tenn., for three years; studied for a year in Huntington University in Huntington, Ind.; and then attended Grace Seminary in Winona Lake for three years. Solon was a missionary in Argentina for 43 years.
He is survived by his daughter: Rita (Michael) Koch, Upland, Ind.; four sons: Lynn (Mary) Hoyt, South Carolina; Aldo (Alice) Hoyt, Denver, Colo.; Ivan (Kimberly) Hoyt, Argentina; Alan (Sharon) Hoyt, Warsaw; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and six brothers.