- How pretty and stylish she always was.
- She made my father laugh when I thought grief had stolen his laughter.
- She sat in the middle of the bench seat in the car so that she could be closer to my Dad.
- How she gently taught me to use proper manners in nice restaurants, what silverware to use and when, and how to treat a woman with respect and dignity.
- Her kindness and patience with a 13 year old son and 15 year old daughter, though she had never been a parent.
- What a wonderful cook she was.
- She took apples and other snacks to share with her second grade students whose only meal for the day was the one in the school lunch room.
- She fed the hungry, visited the elderly, and encouraged the discouraged.
- She listened.
- How I had the cleanest football uniform on the team in middle and high school because she washed it all every single night.
- When the two of us were driving to church one Sunday night she said, “You want to skip church tonight and get some ice cream?” As a preacher’s kid I loved her for that one exception.
- How she loved every girl I ever dated.
- The way she believed in me and loved me.
- Her authentic humility.
- How she was the best caregiver of the sick and dying I’ve ever seen.
- She believed that every person needed a spouse or someone special to be happy. And Garland, Lewis, and Bill were her proof.
As I sit by her bed, I remember.
What do you remember of the persons who have touched your life?