Anyone who knew Kenneth and Elizabeth Barton knew family and friends meant everything to them. Sadly, both have passed on to meet their maker, leaving behind a family that is not as close as they would have wished.
Recently some of their grandchildren have been making a concerted effort to rectify that. Among the initiatives has been trying to gather the extended family and friends together at various times and places.
Instrumental in developing the plan, extending invites, and encouraging the various clan members to show up have been Trudi Barton, Josh Keene and Drew Barton.
On Feb 2nd, 2012 the second event was held at Oaks Park.
Well attended by both family and friends, here are some pics of the event.
For many of the youngest kids such as Clara and Isaac Barton, Asher and Micah Keene, Tyler Bissell, it was their first time roller skating.
One young girl saw Clara being assisted by Tracy and Drew and offered to "teach her to skate". This sort of friendliness is exactly the thing Grandpa would have done himself and loved to see in others.
Come to think of it, I am enjoying seeing all these things myself!
This is a shame. We will not see that fate befall our family.
Both were good-hearted, friendly people who demonstrably cared for others more than themselves.
Also passing was Grandma Elizabeth herself.
It is my hope that as the years go on, the rifts that have developed in some parts of the family will heal, that we will join back together as family, full of love for one another.
From the youngest to the oldest.
God first, family second, and everything else will work itself out.
A big thank you to everyone who came to the first event. It is important to show up. There is no other way we can show solidarity as family and friends. Much love to all of you, both those I know and the wonderful neighbors Trudi brought I met for the first time.