Monday, February 26, 2007

 

Mama ER, 1922-2007

Mama died last night.

Prayers, good vibes, karma, etc. welcome, as usual. My brother and sisters, and her grandchildren and others grieve, but we are celebrating Mama ER's long life and the blessing she was to so many people for so long.

Mama would have been 85 March 11. She willingly made the decision to have the heart surgery Dec. 1 that unfortunately led to her decline. It was a gamble, but one she was willing to take because her quality of life had grown so poor. She died at rest and at peace. Her legacy lives in the hearts, memories and lives of all who knew her.

After the confusion came, she would ask me, "Who's taking care of Daddy?" meaning my dad, who she cared for for 20 years before he died in 1989. She missed him and loved him dearly. My mama was the best example I know of commitment and how to keep loving when the going gets tough and you get tired.

Proverbs says of a noble wife, among other things: "Her children arise and call her blessed ..."

Mama ER was blessed. I know this because while she was not perfect, for no one is, she was a sweet, sweet blessing to me and everyone she met. And that's the true measure of a blessed one, I think: The level to which such blessing is passed to others.

By that standard, Mama ER was truly great.

--ER

Comments:
My friends, It was my honor to be
with you all last night. All of
you have been part of my life for
so long.

Momma ER, was such a great example
of what a wife and mother should
be. I learned very much watching
her around her family. Seeing the
love she had for all. She always
welcomed you into her home.

It is a great day to celebrate
such a true, pure, loving women
of God. I have been blessed,
knowing her.

My love, prayers to all the
momma ER family.

Jeannie Diane
 
I'm sorry for your loss, but happy you were able to spend so much time with her while she was near you.

I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers that you will be comforted.
 
I'm sorry, ER. God bless you and yours.
 
You're in my thoughts and prayers, ER.
 
I'm so sorry, my good friend. Please know your whole family will be in our prayers at Poplar Grove UMC, Poplar Grove, IL. Blessings and comfort from the Divine Comforter be yours in your grief. The blessings of the God who comforts those who mourn be yours.
 
May peace and blessings be with Mama ER and all of her descendants.
 
I only know one concrete bit of fruit to come of her life: She raised a good boy with a big heart for others. That says volumes about her character.

My deepest sympathies, my friend. I know you have a lot of shoulders to lean on, but mine's here if you need it.
 
I am so sorry for your loss. I continue to keep your family in my prayers.

I give thanks to God for the life of your mother.

We have known each other for many years now, and I feel confident in saying that I know you will take comfort that all her suffering is over.

I'll call you tonight.
 
Thank you, ER, for sharing so much about Mamma ER and all that your family has been through these last months. I know I don't know her, but it feels that way nontheless, and I am glad that you introduced us.

My thoughts were with y'all on Sunday, and they'll continue to be so in the days to come.
 
Oh, ER. I'm so, so sorry.
 
She is gone and, by going, relieved of the worries and pain of living. Yet you and your family, those who were formed by her strengths and her love, will always carry her inside you. You are very much in my thoughts tonight, ER.
 
Peace and comfort to you and your family, ER.
 
I'm so sorry, E.R.
 
Thanks, ER, for letting us get to know your mama. Your words on this blog have helped us get to know a sweet, loving woman. May God be with you and your family as He is with your mama.
 
You're in my prayers. I pray God grants you peace and comfort during this sorrow.
 
Sincere sympathies, and wishing you strength and comfort.
 
ER,
I have quietly followed this saga, hoping for the best and appreciated your and you mama's strength. My condolences to you and yours. Your post was a wonderful tribute.
 
ER, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you and your family.

Take comfort in God's words:

For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

(my favorite verse)
 
ER,
My prayers are with you and your family. I am sorry for your loss.
Blessings
Timothy
 
After reading all your wonderful posts, I feel like I knew Mama ER, and now I feel as if I've lost a friend. Bless you, dear man, in your loss.
 
so sorry ER ....
 
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

~Rabindranath Tagore

Unable are the Loved to die
For Love is Immortality.


~Emily Dickinson

My deepest sympathy at your loss. You're in my prayers.
 
I'm sorry ER. I believe you are blessed and "MAMA ER" was blessed to have a son who honored her as his mother.

I have one more thing to say. When I lost my mom in 92 my dad had already died in 84. The one thing that I was not ready for was the sense of always having a place to go leaving me. When we lose our last parent we lose a sense of security that we really didn't understand we had until the that time comes.

Anyway, my friend, may God bless and be with you and your family during this time of grieving.

Love
Kris
 
I hope you all find both Celebration & Peace in reflecting on a life well lived.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, ER. - Steve
 
I hope you're doing well and feeling God's comfort.
 
Oh, I am so sorry. I've been checking in to see how things were going from time to time, and it was sad to see this post, but I agree with a commenter upthread, your tribute was lovely. You and Dr. ER (I understand the two of them had a very special mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship) are in my thoughts.
 
So sorry to hear about Momma ER.

My condolences to you and your family.
 
I have no great swelling words to express my sincere condolences except to say, I am deeply sorry for you and yours. May God richly bless you all.

I don't get around my in the blogosphere these days so I was saddened to here from Mom2 that Mama ER had gone home. Sincerest apologies.
 
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