Goodbye Ginette

Here’s a poem I wrote which will be read out at my mother in-law’s funeral later this week.
 
Goodbye Ginette you’ve gone to rest
Among the stars, you were the best
A mum to Alan and to John
A wife to Reg who’d already gone
 
A character you most certainly were
A friend to animals of feather and fur
We remember the pigeon you set free
In London Zoo it had to be
 
When Alan was young he remembers well
His friends were welcomed and treated swell
Cheese on toast was lovingly made
Can can performed, you weren’t even paid
 
You loved your life and lived all with a smile
Not afraid to go that extra mile
You lived through war, in Paris, tough
But helped the resistance, did enough
 
Through all your family were your guiding light
You fought for them with all your might
But now’s your time to leave us all
And return to where you hear the call
 
Didi sends love, your brother dear
He’s back in France, but in spirit he’s here
And all the friends and family gone before
Send loving wishes as they watch you soar
 
Although you’re gone you’re not forgot
We’ll think of you, how could we not
You’ll linger on in all our minds
Your love endures and family binds