I take this opportunity to give thanks to God for 2 fine ladies who have passed away and now, we trust, are in the presence of the Lord. Our church said an earthly good-bye to Mrs. Ruth Mann and Mrs. Almeda Redmon. Mrs. Mann taught in our Sunday School for decades. Mrs. Almeda faithfully served our church until about 3 years ago when Alzheimer’s struck her. One of the best things to come out of this sad loss is the witness of Almeda’s husband. For the past 19 months, he has gone to be at her side, day in and day out. Each day, another piece of his heart was pierced with pain, as he watched his wife slowly give way to this terrible disease clouding her mind, her thoughts, and her actions. This husband and wife have allowed all of us to learn something about our wedding vows and how to fulfill them. I bless God for the privilege of seeing a marriage remain firm to the end as promised.
These two fine ladies will be missed. They were two of the most gentle women I have ever known. I am honored to have known them and privileged to have been called their pastor.