Well I just wanted to take a moment to remember a very dear friend of mine and my family's!
My friend Phyllis sadly passed away yesterday. Phyllis was 83, but you would of never know that by looking at her and all she did!
I first met Phyllis when I joined the MOMS Ministry at my parish. She was one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet! I knew that in 5 minutes of talking to her! She's the one who believed in me and knew I was going to be someone. She suggested me to join the Steering Committee for the Ministry and the rest is history... going on 6 years now.
We had become friends. She was like family to me and my family. My oldest cub mowed her lawn, my younger cub helped with summer jobs, my husband helped her husband with selling items on Craig's List. I sat many summer days with her talking while my boys mowed her lawn. I learned more about her and her life... I really enjoyed it!
She was 83, but lively! She went to mass everyday, was very involved with our parish... Women's Guild & the MOMS Ministry. She attended everything that happened with both ministries. I just saw her last Thursday at our Monthly meeting. I was lucky to sit with her and share & talk to her. She definitely warmed a room when she entered!
People say I pray a lot for others... you should of saw her! I know she went straight to Heaven! She was an Angel here on Earth!
She loved her family, friends... I'm so blessed to be able to call myself her friend... and even people she didn't know! She played Bridge, loved Italian food and cooking whenever we all got together at her house! She raised 3 girls and a son. Loved visits with her grandchildren, and even my children! She always knew what to say... wish she was here now to help me.
She ended up being the care giver for her Mom, her MIL and her sister. All different times in her life and for many years each of them. Out of her 4 children, 2 girls have been very sick with very painful diseases.... still to this day. She has always been there for them, and when medicine wouldn't work, praying is what she did.
I guess yesterday her Bridge friends came to the door to pick her up. No one answered as they knocked and called the phone. Phyllis' husband had a few strokes a while back... another person she was taking care of... so he slept in most days. He never heard the phone or knocking on the door. The ladies continued to call. Finally he woke up. As heading down the stairs, he saw his beautiful wife who had fallen. He rushed to open the door and the ladies called 911. She had fallen down the stairs and broke her neck. We do not know how long she was there. This was 9am'ish. She was rushed to the hospital and later passed around 3:30pm. We all just hoped she was in no pain.
So yesterday I lost another wonderful, amazing, loving friend! My heart just breaks for her family. I send them lots of prayers during this hard time. I'm sure it is hard, but hope they remember how she was and that she was always preparing herself for this day. I know God opened his gates with welcoming arms! As I said, she was an angel here on Earth!
Phyllis, I hope you know how much I loved you... and my family. I looked to you for so much guidance and you were always there for me! Thank-you! Thank-you for those days on your porch, in your living room, your kitchen, and the days we had our meetings. You have to know you touched SO MANY of our lives and I can't say it enough... I loved you!
God bless my dear friend! Go home and rest with your Father... we'll take it from here, you taught us well! Love you Phyllis!
This is Phyllis and her family on her 82nd birthday. She's the one in the middle in white.
This was in 2011. Phyllis drove us (my cubs and I) up to her daughter's house for a day in her pool. It was a wonderful day!