August 5, 2016…A Celebration of Life.

 

Mom and Me 2013Mom passed away on March 17, 2016…August 5, 2016 would have been her 84th birthday had she stayed until that day…However, it became her “Celebration of Life” to those of us she left behind.

Fifteen people gathered together for a Luncheon and Dinner held in Mom’s honor…celebrating the many precious memories filled with an abundance of love…joy…laughter…fun…compassion…spirit…spirited comments…wisdom…magic…courage and courageousness…kindness…thoughtfulness… and everything that made Mom a mother, friend, companion, sage and Samaritan to many…especially to those in attendance.

Her Spirit filled the gatherings with warmth, tears, passion for the future and a bountiful joy in knowing that she was home at last with all those who loved her first, safe within the haven of her Loving Father, our Lord…

God has a way of bringing his Angels together on earth to attend and watch over His children…and lead them home, when He calls them…They take on the forms of life-long, loving and watchful and devoted friends, such as Dora and James Smith…the caring and nurturing of those called to one’s bedside during the final moments on earth…such as Shelita Reynolds, her loving and compassionate nurse…a loving niece who shared in her caregiving, Natalie Jiles…a warm and compassionate caregiver whom Mom came to love and favor, Megan West…

Loving friends who spent time with her, visited her, and held her up in constant prayer, Leroy Geter, Richard Packard, La Seona Smith, Tracie Thomas, Sheila Parker, Babette Easley, Renee McElroy…To those who joined us for the first time that day, Dawn Shirelle, and Shelita’s wonderful son, thank you for your beautiful spirits and presence…and David…He came into our lives when we moved to New England…and became a part of our new family…

God’s Angels…everyone of you! Thank you for your love…your presence and your support…Thank you for sharing in Mom’s journey…her life…and her celebration of a life well traveled… well-lived… and well-loved…Much Love to you all….

The following Memoriam was written for Mom at her time of passing, and was used again to honor her celebration of life….

Gerlene Mae Bangs

Touched down in Ryan, Oklahoma…August 5, 1932…Headed home…March 17, 2016

It seems that I’ve had more than my fair share of time in missing Mom…

She always said that I was her “rock”…that I was the “backbone” of the family…But what she didn’t know, was that she was mine…She was always there for me… and if I was her rock and the backbone of the family, that is who and what she taught me to be…that is why her passing will be so difficult for me…because she counted on me… waited for me to come for her…and I couldn’t manage to deliver that promise…

So I asked God for a miracle…I asked Him to let me see her one more time before one of us left this place…I just didn’t know that it was going to be when she had lost hope and tired of waiting for me to come and get her back…

I would like to believe that this God fearing woman decided that she had delayed her homecoming long enough…and glided into the waiting arms of her Father, our Lord…

I would like to believe that she who gave all that she could to everyone who passed her way, was finally relieved of the burden this life had cast upon her, in the form of an egregiously, erroneous and unlawful Conservatorship…

I would like to believe that those who committed and joined in the taking of her freedom…life…liberty and her pursuit of happiness, will come to see the error of their ways, and beg forgiveness of her, and all that were victimized, and continue to be persecuted by their unsavory deeds…

I would like to believe that Mom is smiling down upon all of us who are constant in the battles for our beloved family…friends and neighbors who are caught up in this web of systemic dysfunction, deterioration and business of “harvesting” our elderly and disabled for their earthly goods…and ultimately their lives…

I would like to believe that Mom’s life was a road well-travelled…well spent…well loved…full of content…with content…I would like to believe that this woman who came to visit our planet…who spread and gave joy…who fought for the downtrodden…who stood up for justice…who spoke out against oppression…who opened her heart to those without a home…by always giving refuge in hers…a woman who believed that if she only had one child out of six that she could depend on…that was enough…then…I believe….

Thank you Mom, for being my mother…for teaching me to look beyond the “rose-colored glasses” at life…for allowing me to be your daughter…your friend…your sister…your protector…your student…your teacher…all the things you were…and still are…to me. I believe in you…and that belief will carry me through the darkest and brightest days…knowing and remembering…you’re just a heart away…

Be still with joy and happiness in the presence of God…I miss you terribly, and I’ll always…always love you…and thank you, Mom… for loving me…Heaven is now your home….XXXXOOOO…Your Loving Daughter….

Charlene Bangs Pedersen

Mom - Maine 2013

 

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