Wednesday, January 11, 2012

May the Angels Lead You Into Paradise


Mom and Dad on their Wedding Day - 1944


I am very sad to announce the loss of my dear Mother. Her funeral took place today and as we mourned her death we also celebrated her life of 89 active and healthy years.  Survived by four children and their spouses, eight grandchildren and the spouses of five, and twelve great-grandchildren, she was well loved and cherished by all.

Her heart simply gave out last week, and she went quickly.  I am comforted that my husband and I, and my oldest brother and sister-in-law were by her side and prayed during her passing from this life to one of eternity. After being widowed for almost 40 years she is now finally reunited with my Dad in Heaven.  

May the Angels lead you into paradise, Mom, and may you rest in peace.




"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you."
John 14:1-2




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78 comments:

RNSANE said...

My dear Pat, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at this time. It sounds as though your mother had a good life and exited it as peacefully as possible with those she lived close by her.

ellen b. said...

Oh Pat. You were on my mind and heart today. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss but it's so sweet that your mom is in paradise. Your mom is so close to my mom in age. My mom will be 89 in April. Praying for you and yours that God will comfort you in your loss on this earth and fill you with hope for your future with Him in Paradise...
Hugs...

thestonerabbit said...

Dear Pat,

Your mom was indeed a lucky lady to have led a long, full and active life....filled with lots of family who loved her and cared for her. What a blessing to be able to leave this world with family near by.....and what a great thing to know that her husband/your dad was waiting, with open arms, to welcome her home.

You look so much like your lovely mom in that photo. . .such a great gift she gave to you.

As I told you earlier, I am sorry for your loss, but I do know that you and your family have celebrated her life.

I attended a funeral today, too. Sadly, he was just 50 years old and left behind a wife and two boys in their early 20s. While I hurt so much for his family, I do know he led a hugely fulfilling life that touched so many people. . . and he was truly a servant to The Lord.

We never know when our time will come. . . we just must remember to make the most of each and every day.



Love to you.....dana

Betsy from Tennessee said...

So sorry Pat to hear about the death of your mother. Glad all of the family could be there to celebrate her life.

Love that photo of your parents. You look like your mother, don't you?????

God Bless YOU --and the family.
Hugs,
Betsy

Vicki/Jake said...

What a sweet picture of them. This is a sad time, yet a new begining, now she too knows all the secrets. Take comfort with your family. Tears are healing...

Carol said...

I'm so sorry, Pat. You and your family have my sincerest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Beautiful picture.

Pondside said...

What a beautiful bride your mother was. She and your father look so youthful and happy. For your mother to have been widowed for 40 years must have been a hard thing. To think of those two beautiful young people reunited is truly lovely. I am so sorry for your loss. No matter how old we are or how many grandchildren we have, we still want our mother.

Ginny said...

I am so, so very sorry. I had no idea you were going through this. My mom died only a few years ago as well, so I know....my prayers will be with you and your family at this sad time. I know she was so comforted that you were with her, I was with my mom as well.

Barbara F. said...

May she rest in peace, and know that she is just a thought away. She will watch over you and your family. ((Hugs)) xo

The Gathering Place said...

It is always a difficult time to lose a parent and I feel your pain. Your mother was a beautiful bride. Take comfort that she is now with her dear husband.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Pat - That is a lovely photo of your parents. Wow, 40 years widowed! As you said, now they are reunited. May you all find peace and strength in the love you shared with your mother.

Sheila said...

Your parents look like they were meant for each other in that beautiful wedding picture. I'm so sorry to know that you've lost your dear mother. Wishing you peace, comfort and beautiful memories in the months and years ahead. She will always be in your heart.

Riet said...

Dear Pat.
MY sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful mother. She is with her dear husband in heaven now so I am sure she is happy.
What a beautiful weddingphoto you show us here. They looked so young and happy.
I wish you a lot of strengh and happiness in the coming time.
Riet

Buttercup said...

Beautiful picture of your parents. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm so sorry to hear Pat, my thoughts are with you, take care.

Old Kitty said...

Oh Pat! I am so sorry. I am lighting a candle in my heart for all of you. My prayers to you all. I'm glad to read that she was surrounded by love and family as she became an Angel.

This photo of your mum and dad is so precious. What a beautiful couple!

Take care
x

Jojo said...

Such a beautiful photo of your mom and dad and it sounds as if your mom was amazing. What a blessing to pass from this earth surrounded with a circle of love and prayer. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers. I hope wonderful memories of your mom will bring you comfort.

dede said...

Condoglianze cara Pat!

Marilyn said...

My Heartfelt Sympathy for you & yours. Having lost my Mom 15 years ago I can understand your pain. Not much harder than the loss of a Mother....
Love, Marilyn

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Pat,
Sending my condolences.
You sure look like your Mama. She was such a pretty woman. A sweet pretty, if you know what I mean. . I know how hard this is for you.
I am so sorry for your loss.
yvonne

LDH said...

Sending mt sincere condolences to you, Pat for the loss of your beautiful mom.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Dear Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that you were able to be with mom in those last hours here and I am confident that the angels led her to paradise. blessings and {hugs} ~ tanna

Susan said...

sorry for your loss


i just found your blog... I will keep you and your family in my prayers

From the Kitchen said...

Pat: I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear mother. How fortunate you were to have her for so long in your life. May you always find comfort in the happy memories of her and keeping those memories alive for the future generations.

Best,
Bonnie

LR @ Magnificent or Egregious said...

Hi Pat,
So sorry to hear about your Mom.

What a lovely tribute to her!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Pat, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Take comfort in all of the wonderful memories you shared with her. She will always be with you in your heart.
Hugs,
Penny

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I recently read a quote from a man who had lost his mother to a heart problem while he was still fairly young:

Mothers should be both indestructable and cuddly at same time.

We who have been blessed with the company of our mothers well into our own middle age and who know that we will enjoy our mother's presence throughout eternity can claim that our own mothers are the fulfillment of what he has longed for.

I wish that you miraculously could of been permitted to see the joyeous reunion of your parents within the gates of heaven. I can't help but believe it was even better that your most vivid imagining.

Happy@Home said...

Pat,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May the memories you have of her bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Keeping you in my thoughts.
Hugs,
Kim

Ola said...

I am so sorry to read that!
Your Mother had a beatiful life!

ARLENE said...

Pat, I'm so very sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She was a beautiful woman and I'm thankful for you that you were with her in the end. I lost my mom four years ago and can empathize with how great a loss it is. May your heart be healed by the legacy she left behind.

Lovella ♥ said...

Pat...my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I have thought about you and know a little of what you are going through. It is hard to say goodbye but it is only temporary.
I would have loved to see the reunion between my parents when my Dad passed on. The Lord would have surely been smiling...

Blessings and comfort as you find such joy in the memories in a life well lived.

I loved the photo too...just a beautiful couple.

Vee said...

What a beautiful post, Dear One. What a handsome couple your parents are in their wedding photo.

You and your family have been much on my mind. These so long for nows are never easy. Not ever.

Peace and comfort be yours...

Joyce said...

May loving memoris of your mom warm your heart at this difficult time.
Joyce

Claudia said...

The photo is indeed so beautiful - just filled with love. A loss is so hard but more bearable when there was a life well led filled with love. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Viki said...

My condolences. God bless you all during this time.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Pat, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I was glad to hear that she did well up until the end. That's a true blessing. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of your Mom. Thoughts and prayers...Betty

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I forgot to say...that's a beautiful photograph of your parents.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

What a lovely tribute to your special mom! And what a beautiful photo of your parents.

My thoughts and prayers have been with you these past few days. May you find comfort in all the good memories...and joy in knowing that she has been re-united with your dad.

My dad is 89 as well. We know that farewells will come one day...but good-byes are never easy.

Hugs, Judy

Sarah said...

Pat, my sincere condolences. I'm sad for you at the loss of your mom. Even with a long, full, and healthy life, it is never easy to say the final good bye. My mom is 97, but we lost our dad when he was only 62. Take care, sweet friend. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Sarah

Melissa F said...

I'm so sorry for you loss, Pat. Prayers being said for you and your family.

Jeannelle said...

My sympathies to you.

podso said...

What a beautiful picture of your dear parents just starting out their life together. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She did live a good long life but you will miss her.

Joanne Kennedy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. There is nothing like losing a mom. My mom died over 20 years ago and I still long for calling her every day.

I'm happy you were able to be with her.

Pamela Gordon said...

Pat, I offer you my deep condolances on your dear mother's passing. I am very sorry for your loss and it's comforting to know she is in heaven. My mother-in-law passed away Dec. 31 so we are still grieving. Blessings to you. Pamela

Yvette said...

My dear Pat, I'm thinking of you and your family today as I have been for the past few days. Your mom was a fortunate woman to have had such a loving (and large) family. Stay well and strong, Pat. You were blessed by her company for many years. Hugs from me to you.

Snap said...

Oh, Pat. I'm so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Another star in the heavens. Wishing you and yours well.

pam said...

Oh my, I was just thinking last night that I hadn't seen you online. I rejoice for her and weep for the rest of you. Thankful you could be with her! Peace and comfort to you Pat!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Pat, thinking of you and your family today. Your mother sounds like a fabulous person and lived a long and good life. May we all be as blessed. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Sam

Kathleen said...

Pat, I am so sorry to read this. It brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad you were with her. I am glad she went peacefully, but i wish she could have attended the wedding.
You know I will pray for her and you, it is never easy. Like my mom, she was a widow a long time, and went on all these years without your dear dad for companionship. I know she was a strong woman to endure what she did. They dont make them like her anymore.
May perpetual light shine upon her, and may she rest in peace. I know your heart is heavy.

Anne said...

My thoughts are with you and the rest of your Mum's family at this sad time but I'm sure you have a lifetime of happy memories.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Pat. May many happy memories of her ease your pain. God rest her soul. My mother passed away at age 89 also, she died peacefully in her sleep.

Susie said...

Dear Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. You will miss your mother the rest of your life. The picture of your parents is lovely. You will be in my prayers. xo, Susie

Lynn said...

I have been thinking of you all week. Since my mama is 86, I am in a bit of angst here and am reading all of your posts and watching how you go on without her. *heavy sigh*

Vagabonde said...

The photo of your parents is so nice and your mother looks very happy and pretty. I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

Beth said...

Pat, I am so sorry for your loss.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Dear Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss. Having just lost my mom in September I know how you feel. Take comfort in the happy times and in the knowledge that she is with her true love, your dad.

I will keep your mom and your family in my thought and prayers.

Mary

Cindy said...

My sympathies are with you, Pat. How wonderful that you could be with her at the end.
Sympathy and hugs, Cindy

Betsy said...

I'm so sorry, Pat! How wonderful that you were with her at the time of her passing. She was a beauty on her wedding day! Being without your dearest for 40 years..oh my..what a reunion in heaven they are having. :) Big hugs...

Proud Italian Cook said...

You are quite the daughter Pat. I can tell your mother had a blessed life!

Theanne said...

So sorry to hear about your Mother Pat...how wonderful that she was surrounded by love and is now with your Father! Prayers and hugs for you and your family!

Tracy said...

Oh, Pat, I am heartily sorry for your great loss... What a beautiufl photos of your parents. I'm sure you are awash in memories just now...Thinking of you extra much, and your family too, at this time. Holding you in my heart and sending ((LOVE & HUGS))

Kris said...

Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. So sorry.
Hugs,
Kris

Beverly said...

Dear Pat, you know my heart is full for you and your family.

Your father must have been so happy to have your mother with him once again.

She was a beauty, and you look so much like her. Your memories are your forever treasures.

annie said...

Dear Pat... You are in my thoughts and heart now and I am sorry for your loss.
Many hugs

nanny said...

I am so sorry for this loss Pat.
So very sorry....no words to soothe your pain.

Take care.

steviewren said...

Pat, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, but I am thankful that you and your brother were able to be there with her at the end. I'm sure she was comforted by your love and care.

May God be with you and your family in this sad season and may His promise of heaven be your hope for the future.

Sue said...

So sorry to hear about this, Pat. I'm glad that you're comforted knowing that she is with your dad now.
Thinking of you, Sue

diane b said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. it was good that you could be with her at the end. The photo is a beauty and she had been separated from her love for a long time. She will be happy to join him again, he too.

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

I'm sorry, dear Pat. Her photos show her as a beautiful woman on the outside, and the lovely daughter she raised is proof she was on the inside as well. I'm sure you'll miss her deeply. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Shirleyanne said...

Pat, I'm sincerely sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Such a lovely photo of your parents.
Many thoughts with you & your family. A wonderful age for your Mother, my own Mother was 88 last November.
May the many happy memories of your Mother help you through this sad time. Prayers & thoughts with you, take care x

Bob and Rosemary said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. She must have been a wonderful lady. I lost my Mom at age 75, to heart disease - she had been widowed for nearly 38 years, so I understand what you said about her being united with your dad. She spoke of him at the end with excitement and passed quietly in the night with my husband and I sleeping in the hospital room by her side.

You never stop missing them, but it does get easier as time goes by. May her beautiful memory live on in your heart and comfort you.

Mary said...

Oh Pat, My heart goes out to you & your family. What a wonderful photo of her & your father! Thinking of you~

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your mother, sweet Pat. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Warm hugs, Diane ♥

My Little Home and Garden said...

My sympathy goes out to you and your family, Pat. Your mother was fortunate to have had such a caring group of people to love her.

Ebie said...

My heart felt sympathy to you and your family. She has returned to her maker. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Pie Lady Pat said...

What a wonderful photo of your mom and dad! I am so sorry for your loss.

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a beautiful picture of your dear parents. I am so sorry to hear about your great loss. I can't imagine how much you will miss her.

Oliag said...

I am so sorry to read of your loss Pat...no one is ever too old to miss their mother:) Take care of yourself during this time of mourning...