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May 11, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 5/11/11

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

This week’s On The Bright Side is dedicated in honor of Mother’s Day and in memory of Freddie Weathered who passed away March 28, 2011.

 

Miss Freddie was the mother of 9 children, of which 4 are now deceased.  She was lovingly called “Mom’, “Grandma” and “Big Mama” by her 22 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 21 great great grandchildren.  She spent her life in Geneva where she attended the County Line Baptist Church and served as an usher.  She often hosted  the Mission Ladies Meeting at which time she would ask her grandchildren and neighborhood children to stop their playing and sing for her friends.

 

She made sure that all her descendants went to church with her on Sunday.  They often filled the choir.

 

In 1998, she suffered the loss of two of her grandchildren who died in a house fire. This tragedy started a decline in her health and mental ability.  She entered Hemphill Care Center about 5 years ago.

 

The Care Center became her home and the staff and residents became her family.  She loved everybody regardless of the color of your skin.  We were all her children whether we were young or old. 

 

One of our caregivers said it all when she said “Miss Freddie was everybody’s grandma”.   Miss Freddie often rolled herself in her wheelchair up and down the halls in search of her babies. 

She sang at all hours of the day and night.  One of her favorite songs was The Morning Train.

 

          I’m going home on the morning train.

          Back, Back, train and get your load.

          I’ve got my ticket in my hand.

          I’m going to tell my mother

          Howdy Howdy do you do?

          I’m coming home, I’m coming home.

 

Miss Freddie also sang about Sweet Home, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,

Trouble in my way. Jesus will fix it, and my Jesus.

 

She never saw a stranger.  She would stop and speak to everyone even though her friends at times, could not speak an audible word.

 

Miss Freddie was in a Nacogdoches hospital and she wanted to come back to the Care Center from where apparently she wanted to go to Heaven.  Her last words were “Lord, I’m Coming Home.”

 

Miss Freddie endeared herself to all who knew her.  Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

 

May 11, 2011

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Granny  (5/9/10) Mothers Day 2010 with grand-daughter, Earnie Mae


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THANKS TO FREDDIE KEEL FOR POSTNG THIS.

MY GRANNY WAS A VERY UNIQUE WOMAN.

WE ALL LOVED OUR GRANNY BUT GOD LOVED HER BEST. MAY GOD BLESS MARY HOWELL

Comment by EARNIE MAE GARNER —

May 12, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

         


May 7, 2011

Mother’s Day Party at Hemphill Care Center

Festivities began with following prayer.  Then the oldest mom (101 years old) and mom with most kids (13) were recognized.
*Most Gracious Heavenly Father, *We thank You for our mothers to whom You have entrusted the care of every precious human life from its very beginning in the womb. You have given to woman the capacity of participating with You in the creation of new life. Grant that every woman may come to understand the full meaning of that blessing, which gives her an unlimited capacity for selfless love for every child she may be privileged to bear, and for all Your children. Watch over every mother who is with child, strengthen her faith in Your fatherly care and love for her and for her unborn baby. Give her courage in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty and doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant her joy in the birth of her child. To mothers You have given the great privilege and responsibility of being a child’s first teacher and spiritual guide. Grant that all mothers may worthily foster the faith of their children, following the example of Mary, Elizabeth, and other holy women who follow Christ. Help mothers to grow daily in knowledge and understanding of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and grant them the wisdom to impart this knowledge faithfully to their children, and to all who depend upon them. Assist all “spiritual mothers”, those who, though they may have no children of their own, nevertheless selflessly care for the children of others — of every age and state in life. Grant that they may know the joy of fulfilling this motherly calling of women, whether in teaching, nursing, religious life, or in other work which recognizes and fosters the true dignity of every human being created in Your image and likeness. We beseech You to send Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to all mothers who sorrow for children that have died, are ill or estranged from their families, or who are in trouble or danger of any kind. Help grieving mothers to rely on Your tender mercy and fatherly love for all your children. We ask your blessing on all those to whom You have entrusted motherhood. May Your Holy Spirit constantly inspire and strengthen them. May they ever follow the example of Mary, mother of Our Lord, and imitate her fidelity, her humility, and her self-giving love. May all mothers receive Your Grace abundantly in this earthly life, and may they look forward to eternal joy in Your presence in the life to come. We ask this through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. *AMEN.*
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April 24, 2011

Easter Party at Hemphill Care Center

The Hemphill Care Center celebrated Easter with family and friends.  There was egg hunting for the kids and finally hot dogs for everyone.  The weather was perfect for a very large crowd.   Thanks to the staff and volunteers.

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November 21, 2010

Brett’s visit

Brett was  a visitor on November 20, 2010 and he was a busy fellow.  We got up at 5am and in the deer stand before daylight.  Very foggy, no chance of seeing a deer.  Prior to his visit, I had put my dummy deer near a feeder that he would be watching.  About 8:30am, the fog began to disappear and he noticed the dummy.  “Papaw, I see a deer.  Ok shoot him.”  He put the cross hair of 22.250 on his shoulder and fires.  “Did you get him?”  Brett looks at me and says, “he’s a fake”.  We go to check the dummy and sure enough, the bullet was a killing shot.

Then to nursing home to visit with mother until her lunch time.  He did not care to discuss the deer that he shot.

From the nursing home it was off to Milam Settlers Day 2010.   Brett enjoyed visiting booths with handmade hunting items.  He just had to have a homemade small cross bow.  Then to learn how to throw a ‘tomahawk’ at a log.  From there, he watch the making of lead balls used for the older black powder rifle and then to join a cowboy with ‘lariat spinning’.  We wandered til about 2pm and back home to get short rest.

By 3:30pm, we were back in deer stand.  To past the time, he did some whittling on a sword.  We stayed til dark and saw nothing other than a big bright moon.

On Sunday Brett passed out a big bag of bananas to staff /residence.  They named him the ‘little banana man’.  Then Brett and I joined Ma for a 9am church service.

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(Brett feeds Kacy the Parrot)

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(Brett pushed several wheel chairs into and out of the church service)

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And then we joined Nanna for services First United Methodist Church and lunch after the service.

And finally Brett loaded up with Nannie for trip back to his home.

A good time was had by all.

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