A heartfelt thank you goes out to the many beautiful people who became a part of our mother Mary Epperson’s life. Your friendship and kindness to her meant the world to her and to Dean and myself. This past weekend we had a “Celebration of Life” gathering for her that was put together by a group of people whom she inspired and who inspired her. At heartfelt Thank You goes out to Carol Swartz, Joy Steward and Pastor Lisa Talbott who helped me through the whole process of making this beautiful event transpire. A heartfelt Thank you goes out to Shannyn Moore for her beautiful, moving and entertaining eulogy of mom. To Maria Allison for her beautiful piano music. To Karen Strid and Brenda Vulgamore Hune for singing mom’s favorite songs. To Nancy Levinson for writing and reciting her moving poem about mom. To all of you who gave a testimony of the part our mom made in your lives. To Dean, who put together the fantastic slide show of memories of mom and our lives, I thank you for that! To Dottie Cline who spent so may months putting together and writing “Mary’s Gift” for all to enjoy. To the Homer Foundation and the Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus for their generous donation of the beautiful flowers gracing the stage. A heartfelt Thank You to the Homer High School for letting us use the auditorium and commons as our venue. A great BIG Thank You to the Homer Methodist Church members who planned and set up and later cleaned up the reception in the commons. To all who brought food to share. Our mom, your friend, Mary, would have been so proud and humbled by all of you and your caring. Thank You!