The hardest worker ever at Olive Garden, Jessica Allen, died in August.
I am just now getting around to posting pictures of her and her goodbye service.
Her entire family is in California and my friend Leilani and myself took it upon ourselves to give her a proper farewell here in AZ. Leilani provided the decorations and my church building provided everything else. It was a beautiful little rememberance ceremony that we had for her.
Her parents even came over from Cali and was taken back by all the love for her daughter.
Each person was able to share stories about her and her life.
I remember her really wanting to dress up as Jesus for Halloween, if anyone could pull it off she could.
at the end of it her family wrote messages on balloons and released them.
I shared this poem at her service:
Too Rough for Heaven!!!
"Dear Lord, we think a mistake's been made And we feel it's right and proper To inform you of this error made And ask you to consider our offer You see...you took someone from us Who's too rough around the edges And would be better off on earth with us Than up with you in heaven And it wouldn't be a hardship For us to take her back Just send her back to us...safe and sound And there'll be no questions asked We're even prepared to list the reasons That she'd be better off right here And we're sure when they're considered Your choice will be quite clear she's just not ready for heaven yet Right now she'd find it quite a task But if you'll give her a few more years We'll work on fixing that First, you'll find she prefers a pair of jeans And well-worn shoes or boots To whatever it is that you wear up in heaven Be it robes or business suits For she's much to hard a worker To keep clothes pristine...she'd make a fuss! And though you need hard workers in heaven she'd still be better off with us Second, when you consider The language for which she's known Her colorful words would shock the angels So you might want to send her home For though you'd respect that she speaks the truth And "calls things as they are" Frankly, we need more truth like her’s here on earth Heaven is just too far She doesn't have perfect table manners She prefers beer to a glass of wine She’s just not ready for your heavenly feasts Her manners aren't that refined And we realize you appreciate her kindness And the respect she’s rightly earned From those of us privileged to know her."
Love you and miss you Jessica