Judy shared with me the details of Martha's passage into eternity, one that was painless and peaceful. The lump in my throat grew larger and larger as I thought of my dear friend. She was someone who loved the Lord with all of her strength. I could always count on her praying for me daily. All of the little things Martha did for me over the years came to my memory. Seth and Mike were her groundskeepers. Weekly, Seth would make the short trek to cut her small yard. The whole family would make a day of raking 40+ lawn bags of leaves every fall for her. We'd end the day with Martha fixing us a wonderful, warm dinner.
This is Martha with Eva on July 4, 2007. She really wanted to travel to China with us, but I think the trip would have been way too much for her. Unfortunately, it was only 3 months later after Joy came home that Martha moved away to live with her daughter in Florida because of her declining health. She was always so full of life and spunk even up to her last day of life on this earth.
Our November 2009 Trip to Florida to see Martha
Martha and Mike exactly a year ago. She looks so good. I miss her so much already.
So today we went to her memorial service. I was not sad. I knew where she was and I rejoiced for her new life and body she now has in heaven. But, as I heard the sweet stories from her family and other people who loved her, I could not help but feel that lump in my throat once again.