The thing I most remember about Jim is his love for gardening and flowers. I have always said, "no one could grow a garden or flowers like Jim" He knew what to do and how to do it so that he had the best garden in town. His yard actually was one of the most beautiful in town. He always knew how to take care of his fruit trees and was always so willing to share his lovely garden and fruit with his friends and neighbors. It used to be so much fun to visit because we would eventually get outside and got a chance to see all his flowers and taste his delicious fruits and vegetables. I for one was very sad when he could no longer garden or take care of his trees and had to pull them all up and plant grass. Jim loved his home and loved his yard. He also valued his independence and fought for that until he absolutely could not drive or live alone. Jim had some wonderful friends who helped him in an assortment of ways.
|Grandpa Holmes John Uncle Con|
Jim had many other good friends. Dennis and Rosemary Dixon hired Jim to do some bookkeeping for them at his place of business. They were very kind to Jim and appreciated his knowledge of managing books and doing their billing. I think Jim got Dennis all squared away on how to run his business?? They even had Jim over to their home for Sunday Dinner and I know he appreciated that very much. Don Dixon was always a friend he could count on. He would visit Jim and accepted Jim’s invitations to visit and have dinner with him. I know for a fact, Jim loved to cook and loved having someone come over and share a meal he had prepared with him.
Larry and Nina Carter were another couple who went above and beyond friendship with Jim. I know that Larry paid a lawn care company to take care of Jim’s yard, mowing, etc. when Jim no longer could manage his own yard care. That went on for quite a few years. Larry was also Jim’s Home Teacher and I’m sure spent a lot of time visiting with him. They also had Jim over for dinner and he always mentioned to me how nice it was and how much he enjoyed spending time in their home.
I had never met the Halverson’s but Jim always mentioned them as his dad’s relations and I know they were very kind to Jim and spent time coming down from Salt Lake and taking him for rides and talking about genealogy and putting family history together. This Christmas their’s was the only Christmas Card Jim received. Reed took it to the hospital and read it to Jim and even though Jim was in a semi-coma Reed feels he understood what he was reading and who it was from.
Other people that were part of Jim’s life were Dick and Lynda Money who never ever forgot Jim’s birthday and always remembered him at Christmas time. He enjoyed his association with Doreen because they enjoyed so many of the same things and the main thing was their love of cats, flowers and gardening. They exchanged many "flower starts" with each other. Doreen was also someone Jim loved to call and visit with on the telephone. His aunt Maudie Viertel was someone else he admired and loved to visit with on the telephone. He was always so happy when Maudie and some of her family would stop by to see him on Memorial Day which they did almost every year.
|Uncle Con Aunt Dorothy Jimmie|
Jim’s brother John and his wife Linda helped Jim out and supported him through out his life in whatever way they could. Being so far away it was hard for John but he helped by sending Jim money and doing what he could to make life easier for Jim. John has also taken on the responsibility of Jim’s burial as Jim had no insurance.
Jim had many kind, patient case workers, doctors, nurses, and health care people and they were all very helpful and I know need to be thanked for their kindness to Jim. I’m sure all of you here join me in praying that Jim is at peace, that he’s well and happy and enjoying doing all the things he loved most and could not do here. We also know he is rejoicing in being with his beloved parents Dorothy and Con.
May this next journey for Jim be a happy, healthy one where he can find peace and contentment. Thanks for coming today. I know it would mean a lot to Jim having you here.
And I say this in the name of Jesus Christ , Amen
Good Bye Jimmie
I have a lot of words but I really don’t know how to say it.
|Eureka Swed/Finn Hall|
Jimmie was the son of my favorite uncle, Uncle Con. Uncle Con was the valedictorian in Tintic High School. He was so brilliant that there many in Eureka who wanted to help him through college. Everybody loved him. He was fun to be with and led us everywhere.
Jimmie had a brilliant mind but was hard to deal with. After taking him on a ride or out to dinner I went home swearing not ever to come again but I did. I should have just brought him food to cook because he could really cook. It was better than anything the restaurants had. He even owned a restaurant once. He could still write and speak Swedish he learned years ago when he was about to go on a mission.I tried to get him to tell what he knew about grandpa and his mother and dad. It was hard but eventually I would have something write but he never liked it nor would he write one for me. He did give me a book of grandma’s and a few photos that I was grateful for. He did have good heart so I always came back.