I just miss Marie so much still. Her wit and insight always made "the journey" through life better.
I was ten when I met Marie for the first time at her wedding. I think she recognized somehow, how lonely and sad I was, how desperate for some attention and approval. What I managed to hide from everyone else, she saw in a minute. She had a friend of hers become 'my secret friend' who sent me letters and books for years. It helped me to feel special, like someone cared. I didn't find out the st...
Dearest Marie - I miss you!
From Ken Wyler:
"Because of her cancer, Marie was often on the receiving end of service. But I know she was happiest when she was the one doing the giving. Looking for opportunities to serve, Marie was never one to limit her giving to people from her church or from her background. I recall one time when Rich awoke from surgery to learn that his hospital roommate was a tough talking ex-con who...
From Teresa Kondor: (Part 3)
"...I was so excited that I immediately went over and introduced myself to her and told her of the spiritual experience I had praying about her name. Before we left that day we were both in tears knowing that the Lord had indeed called her to serve with me in the Primary. During the few years that followed I learned to love her and admire her. Through your mom I wa...
From Teresa Kondor: (Part 2)
"... The following Sunday I went to Church and during Relief Society Meeting I saw a beautiful dark haired lady with the most beautiful smile. Again the Spirit told me that this lady was to be my counselor. I had no idea who she was, but I new she was the one. I went and told my Priesthood leader to come and see who my counselor was to be….so I could point her out…...
From Teresa Kondor: (Part 1)
Your mother was loved and admired by many people, including myself. I first met your mom after recently moving to Charlottesville. I had just been called as a new Primary President and I was actively praying and pondering over a list of names of new sisters moving into the Ward that the Bishop said might be considered to serve as one of my counselors i...
From Jolene Bodily: "Jordan, Your mom was an excellent Visiting Teacher Leader. In that position she shared a monthly visiting teaching message with us at Relief Society Homemaking meeting. Your mom had the wonderful talent to create memorable, motivating messages and deliver them in just 10-15 minutes. She always used great stories, involving everyday experiences that had us alternately lau...
From Marian Cheney:
When I think of Marie I think of descriptive words instead of experiences. I remember her homemaking lessons at R.S. enrichment meetings and her comments during R.S. lessons. She was always so open and willing to share.
To me your mom was:
Loyal to God and Family
A true friend
Loving mother, wife, da...