Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Lovely Mother-in-Law

Years ago, Edith taking care of the milk from their cow
I don't want to think of funerals. 
This whole week was consumed with sadness mingled with peace.
It was sad until I told myself enough is enough.
No more tears for a woman who lived a good life and is now where she has wanted to be for the past 15+ years. She out lived her husband by 20 years. She was married at 15 and was a grandma in her late 20's. She had 12 pregnancies and 6 of her babies died shortly after they were born. She outlived a daughter and a son, as well as many other relatives.
My first thought when I looked upon her still face was that she looked just like an angel.
She never cut her hair once she was saved, she was an Old Regular Baptist and lived strictly by the word of God, The Bible.
We mostly saw her wear her hair in a bun on top of her head. But on Friday it was down almost to her waist, a mantle of silver-white, framing her face. She wore a long-sleeved white cotton nightgown with a solid lace panel that had pale pink ribbons down the front. A pink ripple afghan was her blanket, she had made that years ago. I wondered at her choice of colors since I knew that her favorite color had always been purple. I remember her showing all these things to me once and telling me what they were for. Her hands rested on her stomach. I had to think to myself how hard those hands had worked in her 94 years. 
She was a shining light in all of our lives and we were so fortunate to have her love us. There are not many women like me who can say that they have been married to a man 41 years and never had one argument with his mother. 
Carl & Edith on their 50th wedding anniversary.
 I believe that she is in heaven now, surrounded by all those who preceded her and who she loved and lost while here on earth. Knowing that puts a smile on my face and lightens the sorrow in my heart. 
I have been so very blessed. 
I will miss her till my dying day.


  1. I am so very sorry for your loss! And you are right...we never stop missing those we've loved and lost! But we can remember all the good like you've done in this post! What a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady! Hugs to you, my friend.♥

  2. What a beautiful tribute to someone I can tell was very special and will always hold a corner of your heart to treasure.

  3. Susanne, sorry for you and your families loss. This is a lovely post, for someone that was so special in your life.

  4. She sounds like a lovely woman. So sorry for your loss. ((hug))

  5. Susanne, I am so sorry for your loss. What a blessing you were given to have such a sweet mother-in-law. The book of Psalms tells us God is nigh unto those of a broken heart, I know He holds you and all your family especially close in your sorrow. May your heart be comforted. God bless.

  6. Not much that I can say, my dear. She's in Heaven now. A big hug XXX


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