The first is Willie Dupree. She is a lady I befriended while we lived in Halls. Over the course of several months & years, we developed a special friendship. She feel in love with each of our boys after they were born. I think she considered them her grandchildren. You see, Willie never had children. Talk about unfair. She had a heart of gold & would have been a wonderful mother. Her husband died 20+ years ago, so I can't imagine the loneliness she has felt. But so strong in her faith in the Lord.
Her birthday was at the end of July. I tried to call for several days. No answer. I finally called the church secretary at our old church. She couldn't find out anything either. I was in distress and had come to the conclusion that she must have finally died. So on Wednesday, I started calling the funeral homes. I couldn't think of any other way to figure out how to find her. After the 3rd funeral home, I finally found her. Alive! She had set up a plan with the funeral home, but hadn't used it yet. :-) They gave me her next of kin's number and I was able to learn where she was. She was moved this summer to an assisted living center (finally! She just turned 95!) and I was able to get her name and address. Yay! I pray that I will get to visit with her again on our next trip back to TN.
|Mrs. Willie and baby Gideon|
Dottie was the wife of the pastor at the first church that Jason served at. Talk about a godly woman. She was such an encouragement to me and a model of what I could only hope to become when I grow up (because I'm certainly not there yet!). I know she had faults, as we all do, but she always displayed grace, elegance and wisdom when I talked to her. And a great sense of humor! I remember a story she told me once of trying to clean up a spot from her carpet. She scrubbed & scrubbed at that spot only to discover that it was a shadow cast from the window pane. I can still see her laughing at herself over it.
|Mrs. Dottie (stolen from my friend Jennifer's FB page). All my pictures with her are pre-digital. :-(|
Even though these two ladies really have no effect on my day to day life, they still have affected who I've become. And that's exactly what I would like to be remembered for. As a woman that loved the Lord and encouraged others to do the same. So thank you Dottie & Willie for doing just that.