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Melvin Earl Babb 1933 - 2010

Melvin Earl Babb

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Mel has been my brother inlaw for all of my adult life. From the moment I met him, till now, he was one of the nicest, most genuine and loving man I know.

Talking to me about life, when I was a goofy teenager, to difficult times edured in my life, Mel aways had a gentle heart and a caring demeanor.

I remember the day I first went with him to the National Guard airbase, when he was in uniform. Everyone was his friend. The Colonel walked and greeted Mel not as a subordinate, but as a peer. That memory always stuck with me.

Though our journies seldom took us down the same path in life, I will always look at him as one of the good guys.
Monday, April 05, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
My Dad

What can I say about my dad. For the past 15 years, he has been my friend as well as my dad. He’s been a good husband, son, brother, and most important to me, he’s been a great Papa, as my children have always called him. My dad and I had our issues as daughters and fathers do, but anything that I had ever been angry about was forever mended, when I watched, Michael, watch his papa walk into a room. Michael light up like a Christmas tree any time his papa came into view. My dad had the most beautiful relationship with his grandchildren. All 3 of them. Matthew and Lucas have spent every weekend with them since they were born and that time with their grandparents was so important to them, and boys I hope that you always remember how important you were to papa, and I want you to also remember that he will always be with you. We will forever keep Dad in our hearts.

My dad served his country, was in Korea in the Army, then joined the Airforce. I have always been so proud of his service. He never talked much about it, except to talk about being in different parts of the country.

My dad had 6 children Dan, Linda, Cindy, Melvin Jay, Aaron, and myself. We have become a family that sticks together, both of my parents have taught me that there is nothing that a family can not survive, as long as we all stick together. I remember when Michael died, we were all beside ourselves, not knowing what to do now. And I know that for both of my parents it was hard, not just saying goodbye to Michael, but also knowing that their daughter, was hurting so much and there was nothing they could do to fix that. So dad and I hung out together, we’d go to the cemetery, sometimes more than once a day, we’d go and have breakfast. It was my dad that helped me empty Michael’s room. He was always so strong, and I know that he is now strong again.

My dad loved chatting it up with people, whether it was a neighbor like Marvin, or his friend Don who always did their taxes, one of my friends that he would run into at Fred Meyer (his favorite place, I swear), or when he worked at my shop for me, he loved chatting with the owners of the dogs as they would pick up and drop off their dogs. Dogs were another love of my dads. Scrappy and Maggie, their two dogs could almost always be found on either side of his lap. Poor Scrappy is still waiting for Papa to come home and it’s been 3 weeks.

I hope that many of you will post stories about my Dad. I would really like to read them.

Rest well, Dad. I love you, and I miss you.

-Desiree Engel
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