Country Living Series

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Losing a friend

We got a call from a neighbor this morning with the sad news that our friend Mike had passed away.


Don and I went over to assist with the details: coordinating with the sheriff and coroner to take him away, helping arrange for cremation and a memorial, and of course comforting the widow, Judy. Other neighbors also helped, along with Mike and Judy's children.

Mike's passing wasn't unexpected. He'd been ill for some time, and it was hard to watch this jovial Marine suffer. At least his passing was peaceful -- literally in his sleep.

It's hard to believe I'll never answer the phone to hear his hearty and cheerful voice saying, "How'ya doing, young lady?"

Mike and Judy were literally born on the same day, and literally born in adjacent hospital rooms. They'd been married well over 50 years and were utterly devoted to each other.

A prayer for Judy's comfort would be appreciated.

Rest in peace, Mike.

15 comments:

  1. Prayed here as well.

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  2. Prayed, I wish the best for your friend Judy.

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  3. Prayers for the family.

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  4. Prayers from us.

    Montana Guy

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  5. I'm sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers.

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  6. Praying for Judy and her family. I lost a friend and second father on Friday. My comfort is knowing that my Dad and the rest of the ‘guys’ were waiting to greet him and they probably haven’t stopped talking yet. I hope that your memories comfort you, too.

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  7. Praying for Judy and her family. I lost a friend and second father on Friday. My comfort is knowing that my Dad and the rest of the ‘guys’ were waiting to greet him and they probably haven’t stopped talking yet. I hope that your memories comfort you, too.

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  8. Sorry for your loss. Prayers for Mike's family and friends.

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  9. Sorry for your loss, and for Judy’s. We’re getting to that time in life I suppose. Can happen any time, but. Sigh. Just almost finished saying goodbye to the people who raised me (one aunt, MIL, and a couple family friends left). Not ready to start saying goodbye to friends.

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  10. I am praying for all of you, for sure I know the pain this kind of loss can bring.

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  11. "Job well done my fellow Brother" Tyre lodge 18, Coldwater Mi. Past Worshipful Master 2003

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  12. Praying for all the family and for all the neighbors...I lost a dear friend on Thanksgiving. Have had several loses in the past three years...I know how Judy is feeling right now...I will pray fervently for her.
    Love from NC

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