The first time he met her she was the Discipleship Training Secretary at Hamlin Memorial Baptist Church in Springfield. He was the new Director and she was the one to show him the ropes. His job was to recruit teachers and leaders for all classes and bring the records to the office if the leaders were not able to. Over the years their friendship grew.
He learned about her daughter. She knew his mother from Zenith where they both worked. They shared life as he and his wife had children and as Lois became a grandmother not just once, but twice. When he stepped down from the Discipleship Training Director and moved to other positions they continued to talk as often as they could.
She embroidered a shirt for him while he was interim youth director. He and the junior high boys he taught in Sunday School were often recipients of the homemade cinnamon roles she was known for. After many years she moved to another church. They did not see each other as often. Their paths crossed while shopping or Associational functions.
When he heard of her illness all of these times flooded through his mind. As her daughter posted to a Facebook page the progression of her cancer his wife kept him updated. All to soon the time was up. The suffering is now over and Lois is at home with our Lord.
Many people question where they will go when they die. Lois was certain of her destination and her family can be also. The time will come when all Christians will be together with our loved ones in Heaven. Your examiner is looking ahead to the time when he will be there with his family and friends, including Lois.
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Farewell for now, Lois.