5 condolences: pumpkin season

Every year, the Bates family of Rockford sets aside an acre on their farm and plants pumpkins and gourds.  And then they invite all their friends to bring their kids and grandkids over, and the Bates’ family encourages them to take as much as they’d like.  Lucky for me, my aunt-in-law is close friends with Mrs. Bates.  So every year, we get to take my son to their 150 year old family farm in search of pumpkins.  It’s one of my favorite fall activities. 

Everything pumpkin is on people’s minds this month in condolence messages at Legacy.com.  Here are five messages about this fall favorite:

  1. I always enjoyed stopping off at Mr. Sonny’s pumpkin stand.  He was always so nice to talk to. My children (now grown young adults) always loved the “honor system” of putting the money on the porch!  Great life lesson for many.  Thanks Mr. Sonny.  We will miss you. Keeping your family in prayers. [Published in The Leaf Chronicle]
  2. One day mom was cooking some pumpkin in the pressure cooker on the stove,  when the cooker mal-functioned and blew its top. Thankfully no one was in the room when it went. The cover went through the ceiling taking out the ceiling exhaust fan and repainted the entire kitchen a beautiful pumpkin orange. I’ve never seen a mess like this since. Poor mom, I can just imagine the cleanup chore it had to be. Thank God I was too small to help. [Published in Pioneer Press]
  3. I would like to send my condolences to you and your family at the passing of Mr. Wilkins. I met him within a couple of weeks of his heart surgery when he went back to selling pumpkins and apples in Gardiner. He was able to demonstrate a little skip and almost jump, to let us know he was doing fine. I asked him for a picture out front. He wanted to know “why do you want to take my picture?” I said, “because you’re so handsome.” “Well, okay then.” “Won’t you smile for me, Mr. Wilkins?” “I am.” Such a lovely man, who will be missed. [Published in Kennebec Journal]
  4. I would like to add one of my personal memories of Nicole. Her soul is very beautiful. Just two short Octobers ago, I gave Nicole a small pumpkin filled with candy and left her a note stating that this gift was from the Great Pumpkin! Only a few days later, I was plesantly surprised to find a stuffed black bear from Godiva dressed in a hallowen cape on my desk with a note that read ” From the moderately average squash”. I will cherish this always and would like to say that after knowing Nicole for a short time, she was no “Moderately Average Squash”! Much love goes out to all who knew her. [Published in The Columbus Dispatch]
  5. Words do an injustice in explaining how much we will miss Wally. He will remain very alive in our memories and admiration. What fun we had during the Fall, picking pumpkins, eating squash blossoms and raking tons of leaves! He was quite the dancer and could shake a leg! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. [Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers]

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. Each week, we highlight 5 condolences with a common theme.

About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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