Friday, March 28, 2014

My Mother: 1934 - 2014

My Mother passed away this week.  She died as she lived, with great courage and grace.  The words of Proverbs 31: 10-31 describe her best:

"Who can find a noble woman? For her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, and her food supplies never diminish.

She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeks wool and linen, and works willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants ship, she brings her merchandise from afar.

She rises also while it is yet night, and gives food to her household and work to her maids.
She considers a field, and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vinyard.

She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.

She perceives that her merchandise is good; her lamp does not go out all night.

She stretches out her hands to the poor; yea, she stretches forth her arms to the needy.

The members of her household are not afraid of the cold; for all of them are clothed with scarlet.
She makes herself a covering of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the cities, when he sits among the elders of the land.

She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles to the merchants.

Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and upon her tongue is the law of kindness.

The ways of her household are above reproach, and she does not eat of the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; and her husband also praises her.  Many daughters have done well, but you have excelled them all.

Comeliness is deceitful and beauty is vain; but a woman who reverences the Lord shall be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gate."

My Mother is free from pain and fear; we who are left are hurting, but we will heal.




52 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I lost my Daddy just last week, and my Mama seven years ago. Sending you a big hug and praying that we can both allow our precious memories to fill our hearts every time we ache for them.

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  2. My deepest condolences my friend. A big hug coming your way at this time of sorrow.

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  3. You have my sympathy and empathy.
    It's been six years for us.
    Give yourself plenty of time.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss Beth. xx

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  5. I am deeply sorry about your loss.
    I wish you peace and courage in this difficult time.

    Petra

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  6. Beth - sorry to hear of your moms passing. (((((((HUGS!)))))) I can only imagine.... :-/ MaryC

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  7. Oh Beth, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I hope that you will heal, surrounded by family. It will take time, but glad you have good memories of her. Hugs, Judy

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  8. so sorry hear thinking on you all big hug from sweden

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  9. Hi Beth,

    I've been thinking of you and your family during this time of loss. For some reason it only today occurred to me to look for you through Ravelry. Please know that although I'm far away, big virtual hugs are on there way from Australia to you. Take care.

    Love,
    Cousin Sally

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  10. This is Isabel from Spain. I usually follow your blog but I don't write any posts. However I want to offer you my condolences. The grief is big now but you know your mother will be always with you, in your heart.

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  11. My thoughts are with you Beth at the sad loss of your mum and to all who loved and knew her xxx

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  12. I'm so sorry that your mother passed away. There are no words that can make you feel better. I lost my father in 2000 and my mother in 2001. I miss them everyday but I can now think of them without tears all the time. They are a part of me and always will be.

    Soon you will be able to remember the good times and laugh about the fun times. For now, it's okay to cry. It shows how much you loved her. And what would our lives be without love in it?

    I also want to thank you for sharing your talents with others. I bet that is something you learned from your Mother!

    May the Faeries Shine Upon You!
    Cynthia

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  13. I thank each and every one of you for your kind words of care and comfort.

    Warmly,

    Beth

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  14. May God bless you & comfort all of your family. Your mother was a beautiful lady.

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  15. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Holding you in my heart and prayers.

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  16. Dear Beth, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. In my thoughts I am sending you a big and comforting hug. You are blessed to have had the pleasure of your mothers company for so long, I lost my mother to cancer in 1982 and wished she could have stayed by my side longer.

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  17. I am so very sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. Sending prayers to you and your family thru this difficult time. ~Anne~

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  18. Dearest Beth,
    I'm sending you a big hug - and all my good thoughts.
    With love,
    Rux

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  19. Dear Beth, I am deeply sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose your mother. I am sure she influenced your life making you the beautiful person you are today. Don't say goodbye. You will meet again in another life. She lives on in you and your brother and sister.

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  20. My thoughts are with you, Beth. What a wonderful tribute.

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  21. She will be with you, in the corner of your smile, in the light of your eyes, in your dreams. She wouldn't let you alone. Hug!

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  22. Beth, I am so sorry about you mom. May God fill the hurt and tears. My prayers are with you.

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  23. Thank you all, so very much, for such words of comfort in this grief.

    In friendship,

    Beth

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  24. Hello Friend, I'm not very good when it comes to someone's passing. I wish you comfort and healing. Bless you Beth.

    Carolyn

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  25. My deepest condolences and big hug.

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  26. Hello Beth I am so sorry to hear of the passing-on of your mum. Stay strong coz she is in good hands. My prayers are always with you and your family.

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  27. Hi Beth - With thanks for your kind comments on my blog today. My heart is saddened by your post about your dear mother now free from pain. Perhaps it is those of us who have also recently lost a parent that share your grief the most. A very difficult time, the memories of which never leave you. I'm sure, like me, you will be aware of your mom's presence in much of what you do every day. A lovely lady who has passed her legacy to a dear daughter. Take care. Eli x

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  28. So sorry to hear about your mother Beth. She was beautiful and you seemed very close. Thinking of you.xxx
    Fiona

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  29. Dear Beth you are a wise woman when you say your Mom is now free from pain and fair, she is with God now.

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  30. Very sorry to hear your mom has passed, Beth. Obviously, she did a fabulous job raising you. You'll always have her in your heart. Wishing you peace,

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  31. Thank you so much for your gentle words and thoughts, dear friends.

    In friendship,

    Beth

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  32. Your mother looks so sweet and charming. I feel with you in this time of mourning.
    Heartfelt condolences from Germany!
    Sandra

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  33. Beth, i am so sorry for your loss. I hope you mother will rest in peace. many hugs. oh how i wish people wouldn't leave this earth. <3

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  34. Oh Beth.. Sorry to read your Beautiful Mom passed away. Your Mother, and Your family will be in my daily prayers.
    GOD Bless You All~ Rebecca

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  35. Meine liebe Beth,Du hast so gute Worte über deine Mutter.
    Ich weiß ,der richtige Moment kommt nie um Abschied zu nehmen,aber vielleicht ist es ja ein kleiner Trost,dass sie kein langen Leiden und ein hohes Alter erreicht hat.
    Ich weiß wovon ich spreche ,meine Mutti ist sehr früh verstorben.Ich vermisse sie immer noch und werde sie immer vermissen.Aber man erinnert sich an so viele schöne Stunden das solltest du auch .
    In liebe und Umarmung Regina

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    1. Regina,

      Ich danke Ihnen so sehr für Ihre freundlichen Worte des Mitgefühls. Egal wie lange das Leben scheint es immer zu kurz, wenn es Zeit zu verabschieden.

      In der wärmste Freundschaft, Beth

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  36. Hi Beth ,
    Sorry to hear about you Mom . You are in my prayers . Your Mom looked like a sweet and kind person.

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  37. Beth, So sorry To hear of your mom's death. You are in my prayers.

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  38. I'm so sorry for your loss, Beth. Clearly she was such a lovely lady. Thinking of you and your family.

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  39. My most heart felt condolences to you. God is with you. As well as all your readers even if they are just visitors like me. Hugs.

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  40. Thank you very much for your kind words of comfort; they mean a great deal to me.

    Warmly,

    Beth

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  41. Hi Beth,
    My world has been so lost the last few weeks. I am sorry for you loss.
    Your love for your Mom is the best.
    Excellant scriptures. Beautiful.

    til next time,
    Connie

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  42. Beth, I had a busy time and just read this post. My condolences for you and your family. How old people may be, it's always hard to loose them. Thankfully she 's free or pain and fear. She's with her Father in heaven. May He comfort you, guide you and bless you and your family.
    Erika

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  43. Beth, I am here after seeing all the creativity and beauty you have in creating your dolls! I've gotten lost in time looking at all your pictures/albums on Flikr! I just finished reading the Proverb in regards to your mom. Mother's Day is here and I want to wish you the best knowing your mom is in heaven watching over you. I also read where she is out of pain now, may she rest in peace.

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  44. Erika and Nadette, thank you very much for your heartfelt condolences. May you both have a blessed Mother's Day :-)

    Warmly,

    Beth

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    1. mes sincères condoléance beth,
      amicalement
      une française qui adore votre blog
      isabelle

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  45. I am so sorry for your loss!
    Heart felt condolences from Sweden.
    God bless you and your family.

    Jenny

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  46. mes sincères condoléance beth,
    amicalement
    une française qui adore votre blog
    isabelle

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  47. Keine Worte können diesen Schmerz heilen; nur die Zeit hilft ein wenig.
    Alles Liebe und ich fühle mit.

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    1. Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Worte,

      Warm,

      Beth

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  48. I'm so sorry dear Beth, big hug and love.

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