Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Over the past three weeks our dear friend LaVina has been ill. She was in the hospital for two weeks and in a rehab facility for three days.  After that she went back to the hospital and passed away Friday, April 10th at 8:40 am.  Her husband of fifty seven years sat quietly with her. 

Today we drove up to Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon and she was buried.  Our pastor prayed and read scripture.  He also talked about LaVina's spirit being with the Lord.  It was a time of comfort and beauty.  This woman loved God, and knew Jesus as her savior. 
We like to think of her now and know she can breath freely.  She had bad lungs since a very early age and underwent the removal of a portion of her right lung before she and Louie were married.

Life is a miracle to me.  We are fragile and we are tough.  Our days are numbered and we can rest in knowing this.  There is peace. 

Thursday we will attend LaVina's memorial service and sing her favorite hymns.  It will be a sweet goodbye and great big "amen" to a life well lived.
In the Sweet By and By
Words by Sanford Bennett 1868
Music by Joseph P. Webster 1868

There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.
Good-bye LaVina!  We love you and will see you again!


  1. You obviously care deeply for LaVina and her family. I'm sorry for your loss of her friendship. I'm glad too, that she can and will live on in your memory. Bless you, Julene. She was blessed to have you as a friend.

  2. I am sorry for your loss. You will see her again.


  3. Sweet tribute to your dear friend. May God comfort you and all who will miss her dearly on this earth.