Yesterday I attended the funeral of a special lady, Ruth Ressler.
Ruth's health was fast declining this spring. Their granddaughter (family who lives with the Ressler's) ended her part time job to give more care to her just as I was feeling like I needed to end my time with them. The upcoming wedding and trying to get this house ready to sell needed my undivided attention. It all worked out.
While spending time with Pap and Ruth, this is what I observed:
- Ruth loved Pap. And Pap loved Ruth. Even though his memory is fading, he still would do many things for her. He would get down on his knees to help her with her stocking and shoes. He made sure she had a glass of water right by her chair. He brought her wheelchair when needed. He watered her plants....and she said Thank-you, always. As we looked through many anniversary cards from a past party the family gave them, many included words of thanks to Pap for being a great boss. Ruth beamed. She was so proud of her hubby!
- Ruth loved her family. Really loved them. Her eyes would light up like a Christmas tree when ever one of her kids came. And she never thought they stayed long enough =) She loved her grandchildren and great grands too. The 2 little boys who live in their basement brought loads of joy to both Pap and Ruth! Same for the little dog....even though Ruth did not care for dogs.
- Ruth loved the Lord. Really loved the Lord.
- Ruth loved God's Word, the Bible. Early during my time with them I started a routine of reading from their Bible after the noon meal. I would always read a Psalm and a chapter from the New Testament. One chapter often went to 4 chapters as she wanted me to keep reading. This love was not new for her later years in life. It was a result of many many years of reading and treasuring the Word of God.
I must add that I admire this family so much. They have sacrificed much to honor their parents wishes to stay in their home. Many overnights, many meals, many hours of companionship, many hours taken off from work.....all because of the love they have for their parents. I often told Ruth how that dedication is testimony to their fantastic parenting. It is, indeed.
Another special lady, my step Mother, Mary.
Grandma Mary with Ellen
As I was nearing the church, my home church as a child where the funeral was held, I thought I saw Mary walking to the entrance. Sure enough, I got right behind her in line to greet the family. This lady is special in so many ways. We all love her lots. She is also loved by sooooo many people....including the funeral director. She got a hug from that man.....yes she did! I thought to myself, 'Daddy, you did good in choosing a wife after our Mother left this world'. As the director lead us to sit with my brother and his wife, there were several people who indicated they would have loved for her to sit with them. I told Mary that she is so popular!!
Our happy couple returned home late Monday. Greta was here when I got home from the funeral. They had a great time. She showed me some photos of the resort.....beautiful!!!! She loaded her car with more of her things. They returned later in the evening and we heard more about Jamaica. Makes me want to book a trip =) But, alas, I have a house to.......maybe someday.
Wishing you a SPECIAL day filled with SPECIAL activities and SPECIAL people!