Dear Family of Laura,
I have thought of Laura so very much during this past year, and thought of so many things that she taught me about being God's woman. She helped me understand so much about taking God's word as it is, without all the traditions that we have added to it to make it fit what we want, rather than what He wants. That's a hard lesson to learn, but she was adamant about the fact that if we truly seek Him and His word, He'll answer us and guide us...And oh, she's so right. She was so wise for her years, and such a blessing to all of us who were privileged to call her "friend".
The bottom line for everything she did, was to ask if it was glorifying to God. I feel her loss deeply, and I can't imagine the depth of loss that Mike and the girls feel, nor her mother. All I know is that she continues to speak to me through her godly life, and always urges me to seek more of God and His will than I have ever had. What a blessing she has been to me. I miss her greatly.
It has taken me a year to be able to talk about Laura's life. I have many memories that are private but I want to share a few to commemorate her loving sacrificial spirit of service. From early childhood, Laura seemed to understand when I was overwhelmed or under heavy stress and she stepped forward to help. At five years she would stand in a chair at the sink to help me with the dishes (no automatic dishwasher then.) She carried and toted supplies and tools as I worked with her three younger siblings. She was always busy herding, coaching and leading them to better, safer behavior. Laura strove her whole life to maintain a close loving relationship with me. If she did not hear from me for a week she would call and ask if I was mad at her. I don't remember being mad at her since she broke curfew in Jr. High and I think I was more frighten than angry then. When my first marriage came to a painful end, Laura was in her first year of college. She came home almost every weekend and quietly cleaned the apartment, did the laundry and counseled her younger siblings. It was several years later before I realized the sacrifices she had made and thanked her. The last two years of her life we tried to have coffee together on the phone almost every day we were apart. We never lacked topics for discussion. One of our special topics was Scripture and our relationship with God. Her grasp of God's Word was such a growth factor for my own spiritual walk. How will I continue to meet Life's challenges without her? She prepared me for that during her last few days of her life by stretching beyond her pain to articulate her view and appreciation for me. With that gift I will move forward until I join her at our Savior's feet. Thank you Heavenly Father for the privilege of being the mother of this unusual and lovely soul.
On the date of Laura's memorial service, I went alone to the beach here in South Florida and spent the morning having my own celebration of worship and memorial for Laura. Mike and the girls don't know me so my presence would only have served myself. I was in s Bible study with Laura in Marietta for years at Sarah's house. I learned so much from her knowledge of scripture, her humility, her relstionshop with Christ and her relationship with Mike and her daughters. She was so generous and open and kind to share her life with others. And she also had such s great sense of humor. We grew up in the same home town and had a lot of mutual friends there. She was a Southern Belle and understood the heart of other Southern Belles. I miss her dearly. But the wisdom that she shared and the things I learned from her will stay with me as long as I'm breathing.
What a beautiful, Godly woman she is. She is a Soul. She had a body. While her physical body grew weak and tired and was finally overcome by Cancer, her soul goes on. And she will be blessed with a brand new body. I will be in prayer for Mike and Catherine and Meredith. What a beautiful wife and Mother you were blessed to grow with. What a void each of you must be feeling in her absence. Praying that a constant sense of God's abiding presence in your life will bring you peace and comfort as you continue to learn how to do this life without your lovely wife and mom. My heart is heavy with yours. Still. She was such s beautiful gift to this world. So are the three of you because, in so many ways, you are a reflection of Laura. Shine bright sweet Head family. Consider yourselves extremely blessed.
Dear Polly - I am so sorry to find out just today that Laura passed away. Even though my meetings with Laura and the girls were few, I do remember working for you when Meredith was born in 1988. Seems light years from today, but then some days it seems like yesterday. You allowed me the incredible privilege of being a part of the Cason extended family for all these years. I know that I know Laura is in Heaven and she will be there to see you. That is an awesome fact to know that your child is with God in Heaven and that you are going to be there too one day. As a fellow believer in Christ my prayers will be for Mike and the girls and all her siblings. She will be missed. I want to thank you for honoring me and including me in lunch with her and the girls that one day during my visit with you down in Naples during October 2006. I can still see her smiling face . . . .