In Honor of Judy Barton

In Honor of Judy Barton

From Shawnee Barton Merriman

Judy loved going to the park with her daughter and grandkids. We are sponsoring a tree in Amarillo and park bench Austin in her honor. Any money that is left over will go to her 4 grandkids' college funds.

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9 months ago

It's a crazy coincidence, but my mom's bench was installed in the park by our house in Austin on the exact same day as her tree was planted in Memorial Park in Amarillo. How crazy is that?? Thank you all so much for making these things possible. Mike sat on the bench yesterday while he was at the park with our two youngest and said he felt closer to her. He teared up when he told me that. And Charlie says that Mimi would have liked that it is so close to the playground. I bought two pine trees to plant in the park by our house since the plaque mentions kicking pinecones (my mom liked to play kick the pinecone instead of kick the can) to honor my mom and my aunt that I will plant soon. And we also planted a oak for my Aunt Jo in Memorial Park too. So, the sister trees now frame the entrance to the rose garden and gazebo where we have SO many family memories. These things can't bring our loved ones back, but they do help the hurt. Thank you all again. I will send a pic of the bench soon!

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The park was a special place for Judy.  She loved spending time with her daughter and grandkids in parks around Amarillo and Austin.  She and Shawnee played kick the pine cone and napped in the sun often. She loved playing volleyball at the park with her friends and tennis with Shawnee. In Austin, she spent so much time enjoying her kids at the park by our house. We are sponsoring a tree in Memorial Park ($600) In Amarillo and a bench in her honor in Austin ($2400).  Any money that is left over will go to her four grandkids college funds.  Education was really important to her, for her daughter and her grandkids.  

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Shawnee Barton Merriman posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #3

It's a crazy coincidence, but my mom's bench was installed in the park by our house in Austin on the exact same day as her tree was planted in Memorial Park in Amarillo. How crazy is that?? Thank you all so much for making these things possible. Mike sat on the bench yesterday while he was at the park with our two youngest and said he felt closer to her. He teared up when he told me that. And Charlie says that Mimi would have liked that it is so close to the playground. I bought two pine trees to plant in the park by our house since the plaque mentions kicking pinecones (my mom liked to play kick the pinecone instead of kick the can) to honor my mom and my aunt that I will plant soon. And we also planted a oak for my Aunt Jo in Memorial Park too. So, the sister trees now frame the entrance to the rose garden and gazebo where we have SO many family memories. These things can't bring our loved ones back, but they do help the hurt. Thank you all again. I will send a pic of the bench soon!

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Shawnee Barton Merriman posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #2

We have chosen the tree and location for the tree going in Memorial Park in Amarillo. It's right by the rose garden where my mom and I played when I was a kid and the gazebo where she and her best friends threw Mike and I the most wonderful wedding reception. It's also in eyesight of the playground. And the Memoral bench going in the park by our house in Austin is in production. We are so comforted by these things. Thanks so much for everyone's support.

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Shawnee Barton Merriman posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #1

Shawnee here. My dear friend has talked with the parks dept in Amarillo and confirmed the plan to plant a tree for my mom. We are deciding which type of tree would be best. I met with the city representative here in Austin at the park by our house yesterday. We made a plan for where my mom’s bench will go. It brings me joy to say that she approved a spot under my kid’s favorite tree to climb.

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