Balloon launch celebrates loved ones


Submitted photo A plaque was dedicated to the memory of Xenia senior center volunteer Virgina Bailey. Pictured are her daughter, Leah, and husband, Joel.


Greene County News Report

XENIA — Members of the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services center recently remembered the lives of loved ones with a balloon launch.

Along with Heartland Hospice, nearly 100 people were celebrated during the “Those we love live forever in our hearts” service.

The names of those being remembered were printed in booklets and on the helium-filled balloons which were launched into the sky. Two days after the launch, the center received notice that two of its balloons were already found seven miles south of Washington Court House.

During the memorial service, many individuals told stories about the things they remembered regarding their loved ones. The memorial ceremony also included a candlelight service, prayers and singing. Following the service, a plaque was dedicated in memory of long-time member Virginia Bailey. Bailey was the head of the Garden Committee and kept the center’s landscape looking beautiful.

For information about the senior center and upcoming events or services the center provides to the community call 937- 376-4353.

Submitted photo A plaque was dedicated to the memory of Xenia senior center volunteer Virgina Bailey. Pictured are her daughter, Leah, and husband, Joel.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Balloon-launch-copy.jpgSubmitted photo A plaque was dedicated to the memory of Xenia senior center volunteer Virgina Bailey. Pictured are her daughter, Leah, and husband, Joel.

Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.

Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.

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