Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…
June is here. The good news: All that June gloom isalmost gone with the wind. Gone girl, like a summer wind.
June gloom. That’s what the TV weather people inSouthern
California call that damp, foggy marine layer that lingers over Altadena and Pasadena and most of Los Angeles during most days of June.
OMGosh, it’s been a busy month. June started off with the anniversary of D-Day, the 6th of June, commemorating those WW II heroes that stormed the beaches of Normandy, way back when. Many of those heroes rest here at Mountain View and as always, gentlemen and ladies, we salute you.
GPS aside, one of the easiest questions we answer to our out of town visitors is how to find us on Fair Oaks Ave. “Up Fair Oaks, past Woodbury Rd. and look for the lovely flowers” is our response.
Speaking of flowers, check out the pink roses that are a blink of an eye
from our Drawing Room and Chapel, close to our office entrance and parking lot on Fair Oaks. Pink is the new Black, is the new Orange. LOL.
Folks, here at Mountain View, we always need patience. Patience to deal with our bereaved families. Patience to organize our family services, flower deliveries, calls to clergy and the countless logistics that go into serving our families in need.
Well, we finally have been blessed with some patience. Yes, the powers-that-be have made another good call. She’s new. She’s here. Her name is Patience.
Patience is a local lady from Pasadena and is completing her studies at Pasadena City College. She’s the friendly voice you hear answering our phones, greeting family members and helping corral all the engulfing coroner forms and backstage activities of a modern family-driven, family-owned and family-serving business like Mountain View. Welcome aboard Patience. Break a leg!
The longest day of sunlight. June 21st. The best place to enjoy the Summer Solstice is always in the ‘Radience’ wing of our Mountain View Mausoleum. The summer sunlight filtering through the stained glass is both a joy to the heart and a joy to the eye. See for yourself. Selfie time.
There’s nothing like the sound of a HORSE WHINNY to make people stop and look up from their troubles and smile. Well, once again our friends from Homeward Bound Funeral Carriages were part of the show and pageantry and healing at yet another family service during the month of June.
Styling as always, horse mistress Suzanne was holding the reins and guiding ‘Kandy’ as she CLOMPED, CLOMPED along the streets and avenues of Mountain View Cemetery, much like all those New Orleans funeral processions we’ve all seen at the movies.
The June sights and summer sounds of Mountain View included a lovely wedding ceremony at our historic Mausoleum over on Marengo Ave. It all began late Saturday afternoon. Our best wishes to Bride & Groom, Sarah & Brian, as they begin their life journey. We were honored to be the backdrop to their sweet, romantic vows and the beyond-awesome dance-till-dawn reception that followed.
July 4th is almost here everybody. Traditions still endure as we celebrate Lady Liberty’s birthday. Hot dogs. Paper plates. Evening fireworks at the Rose Bowl. American flags will dot the historic grave sites once again, here at Mountain View.
That summer breeze is slowly stirring away the heat here in Altadena. That’s your invitation to cool your jets and cool your heels and visit our cemetery and mausoleum.
Call your Mom, get the girls together, put on your walking shoes and take in the sights and sounds of our historic Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum. Yes, Virginia,
we’re open seven days.
Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…
Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383 Mausoleum photos courtesy of Luis Treto