Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Gerry Weaver (Mrs. Dennis Weaver)

"The eagle is a sign of power. He was a very quiet, strong, powerful person." --Gerry Weaver

Good Mourning, Everyone!

Joy to you and me.

Today, Griefcase honors famous widow, Gerry Weaver, wife of famous "Gunsmoke" actor and environmentalist, Dennis Weaver.

Dennis Weaver died last year. He was 81 years old. He made famous the character, Chester, a limping sidekick of Sheriff Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke." That was back in 1955. His career spanned sixty years and included the lead in Stephen Spielberg's 1971 "Duel." He also played a canny New Mexico deputy solving New York City crime in "McCloud."

In August 2007, Gerry Weaver donated to the town of Ridgway, Colorado a new 60-acre park dedicated to her beloved Dennis.

Dennis Weaver's beginnings were humble and instilled in him a love of the environment. Said Mayor Pro Tem John Clark, "...He cared about the land and the area he chose to settle. It's really appropriate that this park is here."

The park features flyfishing, scenic trails, and a gigantic bronze eagle. It weighs 2,800 pounds and has a wingspan of 21 feet.

To Gerry Weaver and the entire town of Ridgway, Griefcase sends best wishes for mourning joy all the days of your lives.

Mourning Joy:

Q: What do sheep look for at after-Holiday sales?

A: Baagains!

Mourning Quote:

When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well. --Dalai Lama

After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen. Open what I lovingly refer to as a joy-nal, and write something.

Go ahead. I dare you.

Have a joy-filled day, Everyone. And remember, we're not alone.


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