It was a magical day.
The ski resort was painted in the freshest autumnal attire.
In planning the memorial dedication date, we could only hope for good weather and guess...wish...pray that the leaves would be turning. Whether or not it snowed, rained, or froze, we were going to hold this event...there was no fall-back date. Turns out, we timed it perfectly...just simply couldn't have asked for anything better for this day.
The air was warm and dry, with a slight cool breeze unleashing the color from the trees. Or rather...maybe the golden, twirling Quaken Aspen leaves that floated down creating a carpet of gold beneath our feet, were a gift from Jocie and heaven.
Libbie Linton's soothing melodies drifted across the high mountain peak...warming souls and calming sorrows.
And sisters whisper and giggle together for a moment.
And finally, the unveiling of the monument...
Bathed in flowers, the rugged stone monument soaks up the afternoon sun of this most magnificent Fall day.
This site is dedicated to the memory of Jocie "Jiggy" Garlick. On a beautiful spring day, Jocie skied her last run at Beaver Mountain at the tender age of fifteen. Jocie's long red hair and easy laugh were frequent sights on the runs at the Beav, which she considered her second home. Skiing was her greatest passion and she was a beloved member of the Beaver Mountain family. Her spirit will remain where she was the happiest, here on the mountain. Her friends and family donate this monument to her memory and encourage all to live life to its fullest, as Jocie did.
"Go Big or Go Home"
Ted Seeholzer, owner of Beaver Mountain delivered a few beautiful words honoring the spirits of his father and our Jocie.
I recalled Jocie's love for every variety of music. At the top of their lungs, she and girlfriends were singing "99 Red Balloons" that morning as they rode the ski lift for the last time.
"99 Red Balloon...I think of you and let them go..."
as the balloons floated off to reach Jocie in heaven...