Our journey building caskets in the Porter family began years ago, mostly providing caskets here and there for friends or family. Two weeks ago, a dear friend, Athelia Jensen, passed away. William spent his summers as well as every weekend helping her and her husband, Hal, on their cattle ranch nearby. Their children were grown and as he stepped in to help with the ranch work, they also opened their home and their hearts and he became a part of their family. We were asked to build her a red cedar casket. It was beautiful and I was reminded that Hal was buried in a matching one six years ago. At that time, my father-in-law wrote,

"When Hal passed on last week, his family asked for the red cedar pine casket. William and his wife made a fifteen hour trip, and we all went to the funeral. Athelia, Hal's widow, was so appreciative of the casket. It really reflected Hals life among the cedars and pines where he ran his cattle, grew alfalfa hay, and hunted during the season with his family. At the burial, it seemed so right that his casket was made of dark red cedar which practically glowed in the winter sunshine. It was a comfort to me that Hal's last resting place was warm wood and not cold metal. His kids shared that they felt the same."
 
I am grateful for Hal and Athelia's friendship, especially towards my husband in his teenage/young adult years.

See our caskets at "Just Put Me in a Pine Box Caskets"
 


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09/27/2016 1:29pm

Natalie, I love your blog! I read it almost whenever I get time, and it's so refreshing and fun! Thank you for making my day !

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02/28/2017 2:56am

Families have a special place in our hearts. They will always comfort us and they will do their part to assist us. They will give as long as we needed it and as long as long as there is hope. Thank you for the reminder. Families will never leave you behind.

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10/24/2016 12:35am

My condolences to you and your family! At least, their last wish has been granted because of you guys. We have a small ranch at Texas. We have 2 horses and 5 cattles. My younger brother and sister loves to stay at the ranch. They get to play and take care of the cattles.

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04/08/2017 12:50pm

We all miss Athelia Jensen. Let her road to heaven would be light and easy!

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05/31/2017 11:50pm

He looks like a good person.

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Looks like he is a good friend of yours and you had so much good memories with him.

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