Tuesday, August 29, 2006

My Father-In-Law's Note...

...about the passing of Granny.

Dear Family & Friends,

Just a brief note to inform you that my mother Doris died at the age of 91 on August 23 in Bothell, WA, where she had lived for many years with my sister Jean. For several months she had suffered greatly from a deteriorating hip, but remained clear in her mind. She received wonderful care from the Evergreen Hospice during the last 6 weeks & died at an adult family home. Each of her 4 living children, a daughter-in- law, & 3 grandsons visited with her in recent months.

A Memorial Service celebrating her life & entrance into the new life God has prepared for her will be held on September 23 in Bothell, WA. Gifts in her memory may be sent to First Lutheran Church, Bothell or Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland.

I will miss Mom very much. Although saddened by her death, I have so many wonderful memories of her to celebrate. At her knee I first listened to Scripture & learned the Lord's Prayer. She was my 1st Sunday School teacher & was always there for me. I learned love & compassion from her which shaped my life & my ministry. She was there the evening that I was ordained & visited us at each of the congregations that I served. We are grateful that, since my retirement, we were able to spend so much time with her & to make a video with her of her life story. She enriched my life & the lives of many others who she touched along her life's journey. When we left her in May, she said: "If I don't see you again in this life, I'll see you in heaven." That was her faith & her spirit to the end.

"Peace eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her."

Love & peace.

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