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Ovation: Ashes In A Bottle – One Last Trip Around Florida
The decision to be cremated is one that I made many years ago. There are many who choose this as a final internment. One widow is giving her travel-loving husband a final adventure at sea.
In March 2012, the ashes of Gordon Scott Smith were tossed off the coast of Big Pine Key, Florida by his widow, Beverly. With his remains were two dollars and note instructions whoever found the bottle to call her and tell here where the ashes were.
Smith, from Louisville, Tennessee, had died at 57 from a sudden brain hemorrhage but his wife honored his love for travel and with the help of a few kind strangers his memory is living on in various places across the Florida coast.
“He loved the ocean. I wanted to let him travel a little and let him sail away.” – Beverly Smith
Last Sunday, the bottle of ashes washed up in front of a hotel in Key Colony Beach, Florida, containing Beverly Smith’s original note and a second note from a man named Ross. Ross, from Islamorada, Florida, about fifty miles from Big Pine Key, had been the first person to find the bottle.
“I called his wife to let her know where her husband was, and she was so, so happy. She said the money was for a phone call to let her know where he was. Put a new note in with him and let him travel on!” – Ross from Islamorada
The ashes have since been placed in a rum bottle with another note and another dollar bill and sent back out to sea. I think this is a beautiful tribute.
What do you think? Sweet and sentimental or somewhat morbid?
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