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Summary: The focus of this message is a eulogy for a woman who lived to the age of 95. Loved by her children. I did not know her and am unsure of her walk with the Lord.

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Memorial Service for Wilma .....

Psalm 23

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The story is told from many years ago of a man who worked as a lamplighter in a very small town. Each evening in the winter he could be seen walking through the snow lighting each lamp one by one. A young boy watched the lamplighter as he worked each night and he said “you could always tell where he had just been by the great avenue of light he left behind.” There are people who are like that. Wherever they go they leave something special. They leave encouragement; we feel better when we are around them, they leave light– they just seem to make our lives brighter when we speak to them. And when they are gone they leave a great legacy for all of us. Wilma has in many ways done that for each of you.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

[2] a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

.....a time to tear down and a time to build,

[4] a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn/grieve and a time to dance, [5] a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

....... a time for war and a time for peace.

The OT reminds us that there is a time for everything….as we read….a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them. Stones were used as markers in the Bible times. Boundary markers. A stone would be put into place and that told everyone it was your property. Some would even go out at night and move the stones….move the boundaries so that they would have even more property. These stones were important. Also in the OT there was time when Joshua was leading the people and they needed to cross a river. Joshua set his foot into the water and the waters parted and they were able to cross. Joshua then told the people to take some stones and place them there on the dry ground to mark the place where God provided for them. These stones were used to mark important events in life. All of us have markers.

(Wilma) had several.

Wilma loved to travel. She traveled all through the New England states. To Texas, California, Arizona, Colorado, the Carolinas, Tennessee and of course in Florida. She always enjoyed the outdoors. Going to the beach, the park, she loved to take long walks and just enjoyed being out in the sun.

She loved to dance. Enjoyed music. Socializing with her friends. Going dancing and then going out to eat with her friends was one of her favorite things to do. The more people she could be with the better. She loved people and they loved her as well.

Family was very important to her. Wilma came from a large family having 8 brothers and sisters. She always enjoyed the holidays with Christmas being one of her favorite times. She enjoyed decorating, placing Santa’s all over the house form her collection. She and her husband were married nearly 40 years. They were a great couple who loved each other very much. He worked in Civil service…a very gifted man who served in the Army as a radar apprentice with submarines.


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