This afternoon I drove to Boerne, which is about 40 miles south of Fredericksburg, to the Cibolo Nature Center to attend the celebration of Alice Bulechek's life. She loved the outdoors and had volunteered at the nature center; so this was a fitting location for the celebration. It was held in the dining room. Cibolo Nature Center is 100 acres of Hill Country trails and wilderness. The center and its overseers, The Friends of the Cibolo Wilderness, are dedicated to promoting conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. (http://www.cibolo.org)
Her son and two daughters hosted the event. Her son showed a video of a scientist who specializes in studies of the brain and its diseases. She herself had a stroke when she was only in her late 30s but lived to tell about it. This video was very meaningful to Alice's family because it gave them a good idea of what had happened to their mother. After dinner they asked that anyone who wished to tell about their adventures with Alice to share with the group. There were some very funny stories. One of the little grandsons had written a lovely tribute to his grandmother, which he read to us.
They had prepared little gift boxes containing wild flower seeds and some of Alice's ashes. They asked us to take some with us and to scatter them in special natural settings. This was in accordance with Alice's wishes. I took four of the boxes but I'm not sure yet where I'll scatter them. She is the one who told me about Nature Quest.
Alice was a long-time member of Cen-Tex LoW camping club, which is how I had met her several years ago. Sadly, Alice passed away in January, a victim of stroke. It was a great shock to everyone because she was such an active person. We miss her. Nine of us attended the celebration.