The next day comes, pretty quick as Elizabeth gets up and gets ready to go to the funeral. She knows Ethan is going to pick her up with the girls to head there. She also knew Ethan’s half brother might show up at the funeral.
James was a child from Joe’s first marriage. He was married while he met Karen. He left his other wife to be with her. Karen wasn't by any means a saint but liked to throw stones at others.
While he and Karen were playing around, she had gotten pregnant with Ethan. He left his wife, Sarah and married Karen, who he stayed with until death. It wasn't a real wonderful smooth marriage. Joe cheated on Karen like crazy, there was even a point in time, that Karen left Joe and wanted to try to be single. Just when she did, it wasn't what she wanted, so she took him back. By no means was their marriage perfect, Then again who’s is?
James resented Karen for taking his father away, feeling if it wasn't for her, maybe he would have stayed. He only got to see his father here and there throughout his life. At the end even though he lived close, it was as if he lived 1,000′s of miles away. He wanted nothing to do with them. In many ways, Elizabeth understood, he was a very nice man. One she talked to on a number of occasions when she first married Ethan. He told her how they were, he even warned her.
When they finally get to the funeral, there are tons of people going in every direction. Family and friends came from all over to see Joe. He was very popular. Elizabeth looked around and laughed wondering how many women here were his extras. She just laughed to herself, saying you go, Joe.
Elizabeth goes and takes a seat with her daughters in the front of the Methodist church. Not saying a word, feeling very uncomfortable. So far no one approached her to say something about her and Ethan not being together. Then again, all their attention was aimed at the nut at the head of the church crying and throwing herself on the floor. Yes, Karen. Drama followed this woman no matter where she went, why would here be any different?