Ken, this poem helped me whan I lost my sister. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
Melissa Gregory, Rockhill Mennonite Community
Ken & Family,
May the Lord send many blessings and peace to you at this time!
We are glad to have shared in your 50th anniversary celebration in August. Shirley looked beautiful with a beautiful spirit.
The obituary/tribute shows how loving and caring she was and how much she loved her family and life.
Our sympathy to you and yours.
"Those we hold most dear,never truly leave us...they live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives." (written by Isobel Norton) Such a lovely lady. My sympathy to the family. Rest now, Shirley. Mary Bleakly
Hello, So sorry for you loss, I had the pleasure of eating dinner with Shirley almost every nite for 10 months. My Mom was dying by the time I met Shirley, we were on the last leg of her journey, we didn't always make it to the dining room.When you first meet someone, you are cordial, but as days go into weeks.My frustrations were so high, sometimes, no cross that out, all the time I would deflect with humor. And Shirley got it.She would laugh. I would help her with her cup, or remark on her jewelry. But she would laugh at my jokes, nod at approval when I got my Mom to eat. I would tell her about my day, interact with staff..that 1/2 hour was sanity for me. Most Days at Rockhill, I needed the other ladies to help me get thru my own struggles, and they did. Whether getting Arlene a tea bag. or Vera some creamer, or discussing with Shirley, what my Mom would refuse to eat. Or what number dinner was brought to us by. I often told my work about her, how beautiful and young she was, how you could see her gentle spirit. Then I read her obit, and find out we all lived only miles apart, I still pass your street everyday to go to work. Because of the staff at Rockhill, and Shirley, and so many others, my journey has been enriched. Thank you, God Bless you, I hope this helps, Debby Kriechbaum
I'm so very saddened to hear of your loss of your lovely daughter. You and your daughters sure made an impression of your kindness while I was attending UAF, we bartered berries/garden vegetables, end table for maktak, baleen and black seal meat. As I too have lost a son who was my pride & joy 2006. And you now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice and your joy no man can take from you. John 16:22. Take heart my Dear, you all are in prayers. Love in Christ.
I am so sorry you are greiving her loss. This was so beautifully written. I remember her making us (Sara and I) food to eat on the picnic table. I also remember she used to listen to radio, I think it was teaching, when I was visiting. She was a beautiful woman. Praying for your comfort.
Nice story. Thanks for sharing.
A beautiful obituary. I didn't know Shirley, wish I had. She must have been a wonderful lady who loved the Lord and her family. Safe in the arms of Jesus...Blessing and comfort to all.
RIP Shirley I took care of her when I worked at Rockhill.Great Lady!