She was a mother to many, including “Oma” to our grandchildren, “Grandma” to our kids, friend and mother-in-law to me, and aunt and then beloved stepmom to my husband. She loved us, always welcomed us with a loving smile (whether in person or by Skype), was interested in our lives, and prayed for us.
On her way to the hospital a few days before her death, in the midst of excruciating pain, her concern was that someone would send us her wishes for a happy anniversary! That’s how she was. Caring, attentive, patient. Fun, faithful and friendly. And she loved God in whose presence she is now delighting.
And now we are becoming the “older” generation–the models, the care-ers, the anchors, and the pray-ers for our family. All that we looked to our parents for is increasingly being transferred to our shoulders. We are blessed to have godly patterns such as Jean and our other parents, as we carry on by His grace.