My parents on their wedding dayCCI06282012_00015_editedbFrom the moment he first met her, my dad always called my mom, Doll. It was a term of endearment reserved for Dad alone to use. To us, of course, she was mom, or mommy when we were little, but to everyone who really knew her, she was the keeper of the sunshine. Mom was a person who was always happy. Even when times were tough, she managed to lift our spirits by always telling us to, “keep on the sunny side” whenever we left her house. It was the way we went to school, and later to work. Those were the words we heard after we had lunch or dinner at her house. She wanted our world to always have a bit of sunshine in it…even on a cloudy day.

Mom was a dedicated servant of God…spreading His word to all who would listen…and some who didn’t want to. She wanted everyone, but especially those she loved, her parents, siblings, husband, children, and grandchildren, as well as all her extended family to be in Heaven when they left this world. She loved the Lord so much and looked forward to the day when she would be able to look upon His face, and thank Him for saving her. She loved going to church and singing praises to God, and hearing His word. She bought many teaching tapes and books, because she wanted to know all she could about this wonderful Saviour who loved her…no matter what!!

Mom loved a celebration. Being born on New Year’s Day, her birthday was always a celebration…Dad always made certain of that. He love a celebration too. Mom loved the Fourth of July fireworks, and the parade. Anyone who knows her…or ever sat next to her…will remember her whooping when a float or one of the fireworks particularly pleased her…and many of them did…many of them!! Looking back now on her whooping, it somehow doesn’t seem so embarrassing as it did in my younger days. I suppose all kids think the things their parents do are embarrassing sometimes. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Mom. She was filled with joy, and sometimes…no, most of the time…it just bubbled out. She couldn’t have stopped it even if she had wanted to. And that’s ok, because even if you were embarrassed about it, it always made you smile in spite of your dignified self.

Late Sunday night, February 22, 2015, my dear mother left this world to go and meet the Saviour she had so long dreamed of meeting. I know He greeted her with the words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”, because she was definitely that. I also know that she was met with some other cherished words. I expect, like my niece Jenny said, that my dad was standing there at the gates, and he immediately said, “Hello Doll.” It has been just over seven long years since he left us, and Mom has missed him so much. The next sweet words she likely heard were, “Hi Grandma!!” spoken by her two little great granddaughters, Alyssa and Laila, “We’ve been waiting to get to know you!!” And of course, there were greeting from her parents, in-laws, siblings, and other family members who have gone ahead of her. Yes, Heaven gained a new little bit of sunshine last Sunday evening, and the Earth just doesn’t seem quite as bright as it was before, because our Keeper of the Sunshine has gone to her Heavenly home.

Mom went home on her terms. She went healthy. She had a great week, having lunch with her kids, and going to dinner on Thursday night with my sister, Cheryl Masterson and me, at her favorite place…Red Lobster. She went to church on Sunday morning and very much enjoyed being surrounded by her beloved family and church Mom'sFamilyMom afamily, all of whom she considered to be a great blessing. She set up a visit with her sisters, brother, and other family members to go spend the afternoon with her sister, Evelyn, who was in the hospital. She and Cheryl had a nice quiet evening, and then Mom was going to bed, but she decided to go to Heaven instead. Mom, we miss you so much already. Our lives will never be the same again…until we are together forever in Heaven. We love you so very much. We will see you again very soon.

12 Responses to Hello Doll

  • What a beautiful story for a beautiful Lady. I remember all the things you wrote about and more. One of my favorite memories of her were the family trips I got to be a part of. She loved seeing new things and enjoyed watching everyone around her loving god’s splendor in all the places we traveled, such as California, the Black Hills, new mexico texas, and the last time they traveled out to washington before going on a cruise. I was blessed to get to spend some time with them showing them the area and they loved every minute of it as did i! I love you Mom spencer and will look for you right away when my turn comes to meet you and everyone else in Heaven!!

  • Beautifully written as usual!

  • What a wonderful story about your Mom. She was such a very special woman. I love all of you very much.

  • It is so beautiful and perfect aunt Caryn.

  • Caryn, we were so so sorry to hear about aunt colleen’s death. It was a shock as she seemed so healthy when we saw her last summer. When i think of your Mom I always remember her smile, she always seemed so happy . When we visited casper I could tell how happy her family made her – she was proud of all of you. My Mom still talks about how much fun they had together in superior. She touched the lives of so many with her uplifting spirit. We will pray that you find peace and comfort at this difficult time knowing that she is reunited with love ones (jimmy too) in heaven. Sorry it took so long for me to write, but we are in Mexico until March so have limited internet. Give all your sisters a hug from us too. We love all of you! pam

    • Thank you so much Pam. Mom was healthy right up to the end, and in fact we have no cause of death. She just went home. The best way to go for sure. I am so thankful that we made the trip to Superior to see all of you. It meant so much to her, and to us. I will tell my sisters all you have said. Give your mom a hug from us. I know this will be hard on her too. Love you guys so very much.

  • What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. Though you are currently mourning her loss here on earth it must certainly be wonderful to know you will see her again in “just a little while.”

    • That is so true Paul. While we really miss her, we can’t be sad for her, because she is so happy now. And she left this world healthy. Praise God.

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