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)