Above: Holding her son Isaiah's hand, Leah Robinson embraces her daughter Kiera Gilmore, 7, after they placed a lily near the name of her niece, Lilie Faith Juba-Robinson, who died at age 2. The memorial wall was dedicated Sunday at Donahue-Frohnmayer Park. Top: A bouquet of roses is placed near the names of those memorialized on the WinterSpring wall at Donahue-Frohnmayer Park.

A Gift to Remember

Jessica Robinson used to stroll Medford's Donahue-Frohnmayer Park while pregnant with her daughter, Lilie Faith.

Now with an armful of her daughter's namesake flowers, Robinson paces the park's WinterSpring Memorial Grove in honor of Lilie who died in 1999, just shy of her second birthday.

"This has been such a blessing," the 28-year-old Medford resident said.

Lilie's name is one of 24 new inscriptions on the park's Wall of Remembrance that were announced Sunday. About 50 people gathered at WinterSpring's Seasons of the Heart event to grieve, reflect and share memories of the dead.

A new offshoot of the Wall of Remembrance — completed this month — forms a symmetrical scroll-shape that embraces trees and recently poured concrete paths. Now a blank canvas of cinder blocks, the wall's newest addition will be faced in smooth stone bearing more names as local residents donate funds in memory of departed loved ones, said Christine Hunter-Robertson, executive director of WinterSpring Center for Living with Loss and Grief.

"This is a gift to the community," Hunter-Robertson said.

WinterSpring in 2002 dedicated the wall's first section on 1.5 acres in the northwest corner of the park at Spring Street and Springbrook Road. Five years later, the wall commemorates about 150 people. WinterSpring plans more landscaping and installation of benches in collaboration with city of Medford Parks and Recreation, Hunter-Robertson said.

"They've done so much to this park," said Phyllis Eichen of Medford.

Eichen, 77, has watched the memorial grove take shape on frequent trips to the park with her grandchildren. Over the past year, she decided to add her husband's name, O.F. Eichen to the wall. Seventeen years after Eichen's death at the age of 79, the World War II veteran's name was read Sunday while his wife clutched a bouquet of red paper poppies.

"I thought it would be nice for the children here because they still like to come here," Phyllis Eichen said, adding that her 7-year-old grandson proudly points out his grandfather's stone on the wall.

"We kind of watched the park grow up," she said.

Members of the public can donate $200 toward a stone. Trees and benches also can be purchased as memorials, Hunter-Robertson said.

WinterSpring is a Medford-based nonprofit organization that provides grief support and education. For more information, call 772-2527 or visit the Web site

Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 776-4487, or e-mail

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