Princeton Friends Meeting will hold a memorial service to celebrate the life of Ann Yasuhara on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 2 p.m.

A memorial service in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition is a Meeting for Worship to remember the life of a loved one who has died. Personal connections and the experiences of shared grief and celebration are at the heart of the service.

Friends and family gather in silence, in the presence of the Spirit.. Everyone is invited to follow Friends’ practice of speaking out of the silence to share a memory or other significant message about Ann. A period of silent reflection is urged after each message to allow all to absorb what has been said. Though participants in the meeting may cry, the Quaker memorial is not a somber affair, but rather a celebration of the life that was lived.

Joe Taylor will lead us in welcome and an invitation to friends Meeting for Worship. He will close the service with a handshake.

After the service, all are invited to the First Day School building. Friends have prepared refreshments and a table of visual memories entitled “The Gardens of Ann Yasuhara — plantings of friendship, art, music, wisdom teachings, and pathways of peace.” There is a guest book for sharing written memories and an opportunity to take home a book from Ann’s collection. The books will be on a table in the Library.

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