This is exactly what Mildred (or 'GG') did. We are truly blessed to have known GG. She was one of those special people you rarely meet in life, that touch you so deeply, that you feel enriched after having been with her. When you met GG you were instantly impressed by how genuine she was, and her ability to make you feel at ease. We are extremely fortunate that she was with us for 83 years. She touched our lives in so many ways.
She treated each day as a gift, and lived every day to its fullest. She had a genuine appreciation for the small things in life. She turned everything she did into an enjoyable experience, whether it was doing work around the house, doing a crossword puzzle or just talking (mostly about relatives). She was never in a rush and never took risks. She knew there was no reason to take risks when life was so precious.
She was one of the most caring and compassionate people you could ever meet. She didn't want to let bitterness get in her way. She said things as they were: honestly but trying to keep your feelings always in mind.
Mildred loved Tom with her whole heart. She lived each day as though he was coming home. They were inseparable even after his death. She spoke of him often.
She enjoyed being with people. The more the merrier.
Her word was as good as gold. If she said he was going to do something you could be 100% certain she was going to do it. She never took herself too seriously, always allowing her friends and family to poke fun at her. She had a quiet confidence that everyone admired and gravitated towards. She was just a pleasure to be around.
Laughter and music were the keys to Mildred's soul. She loved to laugh and to make others laugh. She loved practical jokes and to rib anyone who could take a ribbing. Her sharp wit could find humor in the most mundane activities. Her most favorite hymn was "Face To Face". The end of the hymn says: "Face to face! Oh, blissful moment! Face to face to see and know; Face to face with my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who loves me so." GG is now face to face with Christ.
Mildred will speak to us every day. Listen. She will be to telling us that there is nothing certain in life but today, right here, right now. Enjoy every moment of the present. Take time to smell the roses and appreciate the colors of God's creation. Live life with passion and joy. Laugh. Laugh often and loud. And above everything else love, love God, your family and friends, and your country.
She's with Christ now. I can only imagine that once the Lord welcomed her into His Kingdom, He said: "Well done, good and faithful servant! "
She completed her journey through life, and she did it so well! Pray God we complete ours as gracefully.
A child of God has finally arrived home.