Special thanks for their love, care, craftsmanship, and thoughtfulness to:
Graceland Cemetery – Historic, beautiful and welcoming. Special thanks to Associate Director Jensen Allen and exceptional groundsmen Roger and Frankie.
Gast Monuments – Chicago's oldest monument company, and still family owned and family staffed, they designed and carved Lee's unique headstone. Special thanks to Carl Chase and Nick Gast.
Daniel von Brighoff – The photo of the magnificent sycamore that guards the grave site.
Annemarie Neff – Designing the invitations, as well as Lee's earlier materials, including this website.
Andi Marie – Photos of the gathering, and permission to use her striking earlier Graceland photo.
Rev. Elizabeth Harding – Consulting on, writing, and conducting the service.
Laura Rericha – Chicago-area wildlife biologist, she spoke at the service about the ways of sycamores.
Beth Escott Newcomer – For reading a passage from Lee's 1984 essay, "Road to Nowhere."
David Cloud – For reading a passage from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."
Dan Hyatt, John Soulé, David Lambert, and Kathleen Soulé – For playing and singing the traditional hymn "Down by the River" at the service.
Valerie Thomas – For bringing flowers.
Uncommon Ground – For hosting with uncommon grace our gathering after the interment ceremony in their beautiful, sunny back room and patio.
And to all who came together to make this day, and this memorial.
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