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Dad here; today, after ninety-five years on this mortal coil, we lay a fine woman to rest. Although not related by blood, we will miss this incredible soul just as keenly.

She lived an incredible life, and as such, it is not a time for mourning. Much will be said of her qualities at the memorial service, and deservedly so, but I would like to comment on those who cared for her selflessly for the last fourteen years. I believe that that the greatest measure of a person is how they treat those that can do nothing in return, and when that service stretches out for years, it’s impressive beyond comprehension.

As mom’s cancer taught us, it’s not always the shock of the initial diagnosis that causes the most stress, but the steady drip, drip, drip, of daily pressure that wears the most on a person. It’s the caretakers that bear the brunt of this burden, but as such, will get the receivers of the greatest reward.

In today’s “throw away” society, it’s all too easy to forget the old amidst the excitement of the constantly changing new; a million thanks to the Smith’s for providing a shining example of how not to just love in the theoretical but also in the practical.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

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  1. Gayla Roland Ove

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. You have another guardian angel to watch over you and yours.

  2. Sara Quidort Murray

    I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  3. Terry Steele

    Very sorry to hear this. Celebrate her life.

  4. Nancy Scheib

    She looks at peace & sounds like a celebration of her life is a great idea.

  5. Diana Handros

    Sounds like a wonderful woman surrounded by wonderful, loving folks. Peace be with you and certainly celebrate her 95 years.

  6. Marlene Petsche

    She is in heaven now with a strong, healthy body watching over everyone.

  7. Sam Howard

    Rejoice in knowing such a fine woman.

  8. Paynin Payne

    so sorry for your loss. my mother just passed 9/30/2016.

  9. Mikki Calm

    To share loving and happy memories of someone you love is the best way to say so long, but not goodbye, she will live on in all those memories!

  10. Vickie Bellus

    Sorry for your loss, we lost my dad one month ago today. Big hugs to you all

  11. Karen Ragle

    So sorry. This was especially touching since I lost my wonderful mom 4 days ago. May both lovely ladies rest in peace!

  12. Diane Brannon-Keech

    God called another of his Angels home. Heartfelt sympathies for your loss

  13. Sherry Ralph Jadrnak

    Peace be with you, may God shine his light upon you

  14. Jackie Kruger

    Sorry for your loss. Ninety-five years of living, loving and laughter. She will live on in your hearts.

  15. Mary Lou Force

    Beautifully said. How fortunate she was to be so loved.

  16. Joni Johnson Perry

    My deepest sympathy to you and yours.

  17. Maria Dawybida Minerley

    Very sorry. 95 is an accomplishment. Continue her legacy.

  18. Janice Mecca

    So sorry for your loss.

  19. Gia Bullock

    Sorry for your loss – beautiful words said

  20. Gail Ratliff

    So sweet of you to give them honor, they definitely deserve it!!

  21. Scott York

    Wonderful words Bret. She was a wonderful woman. So glad that I got to know her.

  22. Vicky Ruffin Cupit

    sorry for your loss… blessings.

  23. Jeannine Prince

    A life well lived, and loved. That’s what we should all aspire to. Love to you and your wonderful family.

  24. Deb Reed

    God bless you all for knowing and loving such a Lady, Peace be to her

  25. Ching Ching Yeh

    May this beautiful soul Rest In Peace!!

  26. Juan S. Gil

    Wow! I am blown away by this example of Love by the Smiths! I wish there were more folks like them on this crazy world that we live in today…God bless this woman for all her good deeds!

  27. Kathy West

    Bret, sorry for the loss of a good woman. May her friends and family find comfort in her legacy

  28. Lisa Taylor

    Amazing you put it in to words so beautifully

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