"Area law enforcement sent their color guard, which was almost impossible to see, given the size of the throng. Local ranch manager and cowboy pastor Ed Ashurst conducted the ceremony. Kelly and daughter Mackenzie Kimbro both delivered beautiful, heartfelt remembrances. Two fine singer/guitarists from west Texas delivered some well chosen songs. Ed Ashurst's sermon was very good: one long bible verse followed by his personal remembrance of Wendy. Baxter Black spoke so very well. Wendy's surviving sister, Barbara Chrisman I believe, spoke briefly, emotionally. Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director of the US Fish & Wildlife Service spoke briefly and eloquently. The final speaker was US Congressman Ron Barber from our district. He made the important point that he, at least once a week, checked in with Wendy to get the unvarnished truth about the situation on the border.
"Warner went to the microphone and thanked everyone. He told a couple of brief anecdotes: the first time he laid eyes on Wendy, a newborn in a baby carriage, he maybe 6 years old. He spoke of their honeymoon at a hunting camp down in Chihuahua, when he found out that Wendy had never been taught how to cook. This wonderful man received a standing ovation."
|Warner by Jay, 2006|