IN LOVING MEMORY OF BARBARA
Born in 1956 Died on February 7.2008
A precious friend and neighbor, Barbara, died suddenly on Thursday in the wee hours of the morning. It's funny, I knew her for 17 years, lived across the street from her, we watched our children grow up together, cried together, laughed together, talked about the Lord together and yet, I can't remember right now, what her last name was or even her birthday. Those things were not important, what was important was that she was the person that I could always count on and I was that person for her.
Barbara was a very sweet, humble and meek soul who had experienced more tragedy and heart break than most people can imagine. Yet, in the midst of it all, she was always bright and happy and thankful and believed in God with all her heart. She was the kind of person who in the midst of her poverty and suffering, would bake you cookies when you were sad. She would give you the shirt off of her back and last piece of bread, never ever letting you know about her own suffering and never complaining.
She was the strong tower for her husband and his encourager and Rae of sunshine. They were one of those very rare couples who honored and loved each other and who's lives and relationship was built on the Lord. She was a patient and long suffering mother to her children and she never gave up on them, no matter what. She was an ever present encouragement to me and there for every tragedy that I've been through, with words of love and hope and encouragement.
The family is very poor because of such tremendous hardships that they suffered and so burying her will be by the grace of God.
The last time I saw her was the night before she died. I answered the door and it was her, carrying one of my daughters cats, wanting curiously to know his name. I invited her in but she said she was sick with a cold and did not want for me to catch it. Always thinking of someone else before her own needs, up to the very last minute.
Animals loved her, birds flocked to her when she would step outside to water her yard. Children loved her ........... just a Rae of sunshine to everyone she met. She loved to sit and watch my flower garden and inspired me to want to care for it, when my daughter left last year and I was so sad.
Simple, meek, humble, Godly woman, who will live on in my heart forever as my friend, my confidant, my encourager, my angel.
Today is her grand daughters 5th birthday. Her daughter is making arrangements for her mother's funeral on a day that is suppose to be filled with happiness and joy and blessing.
I know that the angels welcomed her into heaven with open arms and rejoice in her presence. For those of us who are left behind, the sadness lingers of such a tragic death and great loss in our every day lives.
The scripture says, There is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for a friend. I will always think of Barbara when I think of that scripture because she was that person to everyone.
Praise God she is no long suffering physical pain from the arthritis and various ailments that she had. We will always miss her and find comfort in knowing that one day, we will be together again.