July 25, 1926 ~ March 4, 2012
Wash her in the holy font of everlasting life, and clothe her in her heavenly wedding garment.
Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend our sister and Mother, Mauryne.
It was only a month ago when my Mom and I were looking at old photos of her, including the one above. She told me her Grandmother made this dress and veil. The veil, she said, was Duchesse lace (I think that's right.) So last week while by her bedside and reading this verse (from one of the Vigil's in the Book of Common Prayer) I was reminded of her in this photo.
Last Sunday, at 9 in the morning, she breathed her last, in her own lovely room with loving family and friends along side: a peaceful passing. Her last days with us were filled with grace as she continued to teach us with her constant concern for others, her gentle words of gratitude and her warm love. There was a sweet, slow but constant flow of gentle friends and family from all over the country who came to sit by her side, praying, reading, sometimes laughing or quietly weeping. In early February she said her hope was that her passing bear fruit, and it certainly has, at great cost to her. Our family bonds are strengthened: in our nuclear family, in our extended family and in our spiritual families. It has been a time of deep healing, restoration and reconciliation... and we all thank her.
In my recollection, she always believed in God... a benevolent and loving God "whose property is always to have mercy..." She taught me to think deeply and not be afraid to question what is taught about God... after all, even Paul the confident said "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror...." 1 Corinthians 13:12 All her children have deep faith, even if our expressions differ.
In many ways, hers was not an easy life... but she persevered and her heart grew and continued to soften right up until her last days. She demonstrated how profoundly one can continue to grow throughout one's life. In her later years she began practicing contemplative practices on a daily basis which nurtured her faith, her love of God and all His creation.
Those who love her go well beyond her children and extended family. A 24 hour vigil was kept since Thursday, February 9, it was not only her children and grandchildren who sat by her side, but friends as well, many friends, some came most days to tend to her and to be with us all. From her bed, she graciously welcomed us all... asking "What have you been doing? What's going on with you?"
A priest who had been told of our loss and had read things we had written about Mom, said "your mother sounds to have been well-nigh a saint..." My response included, .."yes, the most hopeful kind... a redeemed saint." There is hope for us all.
As you may well imagine, my love of sewing, embroidery, knitting and handcrafts are part of her legacy... as is the love of a good gathering of folks in all walks of life.
Yes, we are heartbroken, and yes she is gone... and yet she lives on. Bless you dearest one. Love, B