A Tribute to Mom

Last Time with Mom Alive at 100

Last Time with Mom Alive at 100

Mom died on Feb 20.  The last time I was with her alive was November 3, 2012 at her 100th birthday celebration.  At the funeral service last week, Pastor Doug Smith paid tribute to her life that quietly impacted hundreds of people.  He emphasized our rich heritage of godly ancestors through several generations and also the way our family is currently involved in serving the Lord for the kingdom of God.   Several things I will remember her for are (1) she was more comfortable serving others that being served, (2) she always tried to do what was right, (3) she loved children, and (4) her life exemplified the popular slogan of the depression: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

My sister wrote this poem as she reflected on this very significant lady:

O, Mom, the things your life has seen:

In your childhood home, electric was not there,

Nor running water out of a faucet

When at night you climbed the stair.

You saw your first airplane in the sky

And automobiles were a treat,

Television and telephones were in the future

You were happy to have enough to eat.

World War 1 and then the Depression,

World War 2 took lives too soon.

The years rolled on and by and by

A man took a walk on the moon.

With a good marriage to an upstanding man,

Times were a little better and not as tough.

You raised your children and helped others

Somehow there was always enough.

Looking back on a hundred years

Gives us a reason for pride

To have lived in those remarkable days

Where strength triumphed

and conveniences arrived.

So here’s a bundle of loving thoughts

And honor that’s fit for a queen;

We’re amazed as we stand reminiscing…

O, Mom, the things your life has seen.

In the darkness of grieving, certain scriptures come to light.  “A good name is better than a good ointment.  And the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.”            (Ecclesiastes 7:1)

7 Responses to A Tribute to Mom

  1. bjmmckee says:

    Lee, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother is forever in God’s keeping and forever in your heart. Your faith will sustain you during these times when your grief seems overwhelming. What a wonderful blessing to have so many years with her.

    Blessings to all,


  2. Diana Locuson says:

    Sorry for your loss Lee and family. A nice tribute.

  3. Ana Bergh says:

    Dear Lee, may the comfort of your faith be a palliative to your sorrow. My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

  4. Gordon Johnston says:

    Lee, my thoughts and prayers remain with you.

  5. Judy Dixon says:

    Dr. J, The photo is profoundly moving!! What a deep story of seamless love, gentleness, and caring. Two hands touching hearts, evoking memories and blessing with full abandonment.
    You make us thirst to have known her. I love you, Dr. J. May His
    grace meet you every step of the way.

  6. Jan (Hostetler) Hanson says:

    I am so proud to be part of that amazing heritage! Wish I’d known my mother’s family better, but have fond memories of Aunt Mary. She was my mother’s favorite sister and bore a heavy load. Her hand looks like my mother’s hand! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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