I attended with the intention of giving a short speech if given the opportunity. Prior to the service I asked Doug if attendees would be able to speak and I misintrepted his answer. I had wanted to talk about the Matriarch Megaphone that Michele had made for my mother for my mom's birthday. Not knowing that I would be able to speak I left it in the cloak room. And my speech would have made no sense without it.
So, for what it is worth this is what I intended to say.
"My memory of Michele is of a fun loving person with a hearty laugh. She was a great friend of my mother. My mother thought the world of her for many reasons but two stick out.
The first is that my mother repeatedly told me many many times that Jeff and Michele were the best parents she had ever known. And I agree wholeheartedly with that opinion.
The second reason is that Michele was loads of fun. As an example of this in 2001 she made a special gift for my mom's 75th birthday. This is the Matriarch Megaphone and it was Michele's witty way of teasing my mom about my mom's strong opinions.
My mom laughed and laughed at this gift and it has occupied a special place in our cottage ever since.
Michele, thank you for being such a special friend to our family."