A woman who made a big difference in my spiritual life died suddenly yesterday. Though she was older than my parents, in the back of my mind it is as if I thought she would be here for a few more decades.
Edith met my father at Christ Church Cathedral when he became a member. She met mom after my parents were married there and mom joined the church. Edith also took care of me in the nursery for 3 years at Christ Church. I used to joke she was 12 at the time.
In the 1970's we moved to Sugar Land and landed next door to her best friend. It was great catching up with her. In the early 1990's Edith became a member of my prayer team at church. She (along with April) was my prayer partner for years and years. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes at Calvary Episcopal Church for years. I learned much about serving the Lord from Edith.
She always had an encouraging word and a smile. Our joke was she would attend my annual New Year's coffee with bells on; she usually wore a jingle bell on a necklace or bracelet so she would not be a "liar".
Edith was such a part of our family, we asked her to sit with us at dad's funeral. It is hard to imagine an Easter Sunday without her, no more birthdays with a card from Edith, and no more Edith hugs.
I was blessed to have her in my life for so many years. I can only hope to be such a positive influence on younger sisters in Christ.
Goodbye Edith. I love you. I'll see you again.