My Mother is quite a gal who carries herself with dignity and has many wonderful experiences to share. Mom is a wonderful type of woman that the scriptures tells us about and places the highest values on such a woman. I mentioned Cherie Call and LaRene Call last week as 2 such women. I can name a lot of powerfully good influences in my and many others lives. Karen Potts, as well as all her sisters are absolutely the best group of sisters I have known. Stephanie Abney has endured more than most 3 people and has a great and giving spirit that will surely bless her posterity forever. Roberta Stapley has been a joy to know and share with. My 2 daughters, Rebekah and Megan are following in the mold of these great women and make me happy.
Mom once played triple A Softball in Southern California semi pro league play. I learned a bit about base ball and sports because of Mom. In the 1990’s she took physical therapy treatments with Wally Moon. My sports obsessions came from her. It could be I got my feisty sense of right and wrong from her also.
She stood up to a Communist Party man in the mid 1960’s in Portland Oregon at the Rink-Side Cafe where she Managed. This bully had her place of work put on surveillance to intimidate her. She did not change for this communist thug and his Reed College look-outs. Two years later the same man entered her boss’ office at Sears in the Watts area of Los Angeles to complain of the bad woman they had working there. Mom’s reputation was such that the man was considered a liar at once.
Mom is nearing 79 years old and has recently lost another lifetime friend to Cancer while just being diagnosed with cancer herself. Now Mom likes to listen to talk radio, writing emails to several of her favorites and is read on several programs. Following is an email she sent to David Stein with Sporting News. David calls Mom his resident WordSmith. David is not a negative story kind of guy but loves to report the positive. He opens each call asking the caller what is going good in your Life? From his page at Sporting News is this quote:
“A Celebration of Life Though Sports” is heard on over 100 radio stations, including The Score in Chicago, The Ticket in Dallas, KILT in Houston, 97.1 FM in Detroit, 106.7 FM in Washington DC and 790 The Zone in Atlanta, where David hosts the show.
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 7:38 AM
> > My Friend Margaret:
> > She blessed everyone – her parents, her siblings,
> > husband, her children and all who called her friend.
> > She is described in Proverbs 31 in verses 10 to 31.
> We all
> > saw her beauty which was enhanced by her inner beauty
> > character. I count her friendship as one of the great
> > blessings in my life.
> > I see her now as she went across The River. There
> > on the other shore are her parents, Grandmother Winn,
> > Mark, her younger brother, and all those who left this
> > before her. As they waited on the shore, they
> > saying, “Here she comes!” We who are left on this
> > shore, are tearful but can rejoice in their reunion.
> > I say “Goodbye for now, dear friend, Until the next
> > we can say, Hello.” from a friend whose memories
> > been made more beautiful because the threads of her
> > have been woven into my life tapestry ,
> > Jacqueline
> Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 7:50 AM
> Hi Jacqueline,
> Something tells me you fit the godly woman/proverbs 31
> catagory, too! 🙂 And…I’m sure you know you can
> “do all things in Christ who strengthens you.” HE
> is our physician.
> Thank you for letting me know. I will pray for you.
10 ¶ Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her ahands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She ariseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the apoor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her aclothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.(Proverbs 31:10-31)