My post of January 18th 2018 featured a service for the life of Raymond James Salinger, the father of our brother-in-law, Ron and his sister, Jackie.

Today we attended the funeral of Ron’s mother,



Upon Ray’s death the couple, having been married in St Mark’s Church on 15th September 1945, had been together for 72 years. They stayed in the same house they had built around 1950, which is where Daphne died, having been attended by Ron, Shelley, and Ron’s sister, Jackie.

They now lie together in the graveyard of their Parish Church, built in 1841.

As before, excellent refreshments were provided at Tyrrels Ford Country Inn and Hotel, the mother of the landlady of which was Daphne’s best friend, and present at the funeral.

One of the prints from the wedding that I had renovated appears on the reverse of the order of service.

Later this afternoon we returned home and took it easy. This evening we dined on scrambled egg on toast.


  1. I’m sorry for the family loss Derrick…. what a lifetime of memories…. 72 years together is double that of Carole and I….. amazing….((hugs my friend))

  2. I’m so very sorry for this great loss. My condolences to your family.
    What a wonderful couple! 72 years together…so beautiful! And your tribute to them in this post is beautiful!
    Your post title brought tears to my eyes…joy-tears. Yes, Ray and Daphne are together again. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) and <3 to your family

  3. A beautiful tribute and celebration of her life, Derrick and Jackie. That is a beautiful wedding photo of Ray and Daphne. 72 wonderful years together! I am sorry for your family’s loss.

  4. Humans have rationalised the overarching truth of mortality and the consequent grief in touching ways. The euphemism rings true in more ways than one.

    May the departed rest in peace, united with the loved ones and the elements.

  5. I brag about our making it 30 years. I am astounded at anyone that finds the formula to make it work for 50 or more.
    Lovely pictures. I rarely get the birds as I fidget too much.

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