Dear Chattin Family,
The words, 'gentleness' and 'warmth' come to me when I think of Mary Lou Chattin. She was always the same, even recently when she, herself, must have been suffering some pain.
We came to know and admire Mary Lou when we became part of the Cathedral family in the late 1970s and she and the Dean took us by the hand and drew us in.
There are many 'pictures' of Mary Lou that no camera may have captured but which remain fresh in my mind -- many of them having to do with hands. One was of her coming back up the aisle following Ellen's marriage to Matthew Shaw: She and Matthew's mother were holding tight to each other's hands and smiling -- and her face positively glowed! Another was watching her shepherding generations of little ones (grandchildren included) into Sunday School -- holding them by the hand.
"Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates."