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Why We Do What We Do...

Owning your own small business has its day-to-day problems and challenges, but that just comes with the territory.  However, it's the relationships that we have cultivated over the years with our customers that make it all worthwhile.  I'd like to share a brief story of our relationship with The Hoyer's of Hagerstown.Aquascape Ecosystem Pond

I'll never forget when Mr. & Mrs. Hoyer began frequenting our retail water gardening store, called Water Gardens & More... way back in 2004.  Already enjoying their "golden" years, they wanted to take the plunge into the Water Gardening Lifestyle, and they hired us to build them a Cambridge paver patio and an Aquascape Ecosystem Pond.  Every year, we would be back to visit them in the spring to clean their pond.  They were the nicest couple who absolutely adored each other and absolutely loved their pond.  Mrs. Hoyer's favorite spot in the yard was sitting on a bench on the patio viewing her pond and watching the fish.

During the past three years, we've watched Mrs. Hoyer's health slowly decline as she was battling Alzheimer's at home.  Mr. Hoyer was by her side lovingly taking care of her every day.  Now, here's the part of the story that really touched us.  As her health declined, Aline could no longer go outside to sit on the patio and view her beautiful pond, so Mr. Hoyer installed a camera that projected the video of the pond onto the television screen so Mrs. Hoyer could still enjoy her Aquascape Ecosystem Pond!!!  That's what love looks like!  That's what makes what we do worthwhile.  And This is Why We Do What We Do...  We strive to bring a little piece of paradise into someone's back yard to improve their quality of life.

It is with great sorrow that we learned of Mrs. Hoyer's passing when we went to clean their pond two weeks ago.  Edgar lost his best friend, his forever soul mate...

We dedicate this month's newsletter to the Memory of Aline Hoyer, a beautiful woman who absolutely loved the pond lifestyle even at the age of 92.


Aline Harman Sowers Hoyer, 92

DEC. 6, 1924-FEB. 12, 2017

  • Feb 18, 2017

Aline Harman Sowers Hoyer

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    Aline “Bunny” (Sowers) Hoyer, 92, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at her home.

    Born Dec. 6, 1924, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Lauran Delk Sowers and Harriet Aline (Harman) Sowers.

    Bunny was a 1942 graduate of Hagerstown High School. She attended Mary Washington College and worked at Washington County Hospital in the lab until she married Edwin H. Miller of Hagerstown. They had three daughters.

    Prior to her marriage to Edgar Hoyer, she worked at Doubleday as a proofreader, then worked for Dr. Hornbaker Sr. and Dr. Hornbaker Jr.

    Bunny was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, where she did volunteer work.

    She is survived by her husband, Edgar Hoyer; three daughters, Lauran Clowser of Hagerstown, Aline “Jolly” Blake of Birmingham, Ala., and Margaret Lee Miller of Great Britain; five grandchildren, Caitlin, Taylor, Kirsten, Abby and Olivia; and five great-grandchildren.

    Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Md. The Rev. Gregory P. Shook will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.