5.05.2010

Sad Day

Yesterday we got word that Mark's mom, Mary Lou Mason, had passed away in her sleep. This was totally unexpected and utterly heartbreaking for our family. Grandma Mason was a precious, special lady who has a tender place in all of our hearts. She has been an example of kindness, patience, long-suffering and good humor and good cheer for as long as I've known her (35+ years now).

She had been confined to a wheelchair since she contracted polio back when Mark was 2 years old, and we have all only known her that way. But not one of us has ever heard her complain. On the contrary, her comments about polio are positive: she feels like she would never have been humble enough to accept the gospel if she hadn't had polio. She was and is an amazing, loving, wonderful lady.

We will miss her terribly. We will never forget her, and we will think of her often because there is something of her in each one of us. We are grateful and happy that we had the privilege of being a part of her life.

And we want to live so that she would be proud of us.

17 comments:

Mel said...

She sounds like a wonderful lady! So sorry for your loss. *Hugs*

Carrie Page said...

Thinking of the joy and peace for her at this time as well...I'm sure you all are. So sorry to hear of her passing.

Sorry to swap the topic, but I still think there is a HUGE part of you in Nashville. Love you.

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

Such a sad, sad day for sure. I miss her so much already.

Jennifer said...

I agree with Carrie, there is a huge part of you in Nashville. We love you and your family. We are sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Your family will be in our prayers.

Suzanne said...

It's so difficult losing someone you are so close to and love so much. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

Natalie Scott said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Jan. Sending lots of love and prayers your way and best wishes for a safe and uplifting weekend.

Phogles said...

what a wonderful lady she was, and how blessed we all have been to know her and have her part of our lives. she leaves an amazing legacy for the whole family.

Andrea said...

I'm so sorry Jan. It's extra hard that you didn't know it was coming. My dad has just been given 6 months to live. At least we have some warning. If you need anything I'm just an email or phone call away. Give Mark a big hug for me.

Grandma and Grandpa said...

Losing a parent is a hard thing to experience. It does get better, but, well...love hurts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love and miss your family here in the soggy south.

Jenny said...

What a wonderful tribute! She was loved and will truly be missed!

Renae said...

Sorry to hear that. That was really nice what you wrote. Love you!

Emily said...

Oh Jan I'm so sorry for your loss!! Thankfully we know she's in a better place, and that you'll be able to see her again. Hope you guys are doing well... I'm thinking of your!

MiaKatia said...

Hugs to you both.

Andrea said...

So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

defining amy said...

you and your family are in my prayers. love you!!

BrookieT said...

A beautiful tribute to what looks like an amazing woman to have known. I feel your loss, and I pray your family will receive the support you need during this time. <3

SweetmamaK said...

Sorry to hear about this, I know how much you loved her, I remember you saying wonderful things about her, when I was a teen. I'm sure she is resting comfortably and enjoying watching you and your family and will be adding her helping hand when needed. Knowledge of the begining and the end however, do not take away the sadness of they physical loss. My prayer is that the comforter will make those moments more bearable. Much Love