This lovely tribute was written by my Aunt Trina about her mother, Mable Perry, my grandmother. I know that all of my aunts and uncles feel the same, as well as her grandchildren. Today, she's been with Jesus 3 years. We all miss her, but I am so happy that she's with her Savior and I will see her one day. I have such a rich christian heritage and wanted to share some of it with you today.
O - Others.
This was her motto - from the keeping of babies of migrant workers to the caring of her aged mother.
U - Understanding.
You could always pour out your heart to Ma. She listened, she cared, and she always seemed to understand. Sometimes she gave advice, sometimes she didn't; but you always felt better after you talked to Ma.
R - Rare.
A price far above rubies. She was a 'joyful mother of children' - Proverbs 113:9. She worked 'willingly with her hands' - Proverbs 31:13. She 'looked well to the ways of her household' - Proverbs 31:27. The heart of her husband trusted in her - Proverbs 31:11. Like Sarah, she followed her husband when he went out and sojourned in a strange country - Hebrews 11:8,9.
M - Mommy, Ma.
She was a 'keeper at home' - Titus 2:5. She was home when we got up in the morning. She was home singing throughout the day. She was home when we came home from school. She was home to tuck us in at night. She was there - it was home.
O - Old.
She was old and gray-headed (although she never seemed to age) and she showed God's strength to our generation and the next - Psalm 71:8. Strength and honor were her clothing - Proverbs 31:25. She was content during the good times and the bad.She accepted God's will for her life. She knew her Lord, she loved Him, and she trusted Him.
T - Tender.
A tender heart - 'Out of the abundance of her heart, she spoke.' Tears flowed easily. Oh how she loved all the creatures great and small; all people rich or poor.
H - Humble.
Webster's Dictionary: 1.) Not proud or haughty: Not arrogant or assertive. This was our Mother.
E - Everybody's friend.
She was just as comfortable in Brenda's humble home eating corn bread and beans as in Mrs. Boyd's fine home eating chicken salad on fine china and drinking coffee from a silver pot.
R - Remember.
Our Mother, we love her, we miss her. May her rare beauty always remain vivid in our memory and may her children always rise up and call her blessed.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 November 6, 2005