Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Mom, Margaret

Granny in Australia

Margaret Jane Kikendall Howatt

My mom went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2011, last Thursday. We have great confidence in her salvation by a faithful and loving Lord, so we do not grieve as those who have no hope, but we are missing her. She was unique and wonderful, a joy to those who knew her.

In a folder of her papers I found this list written on her Pooh Bear stationery:


Things I Have Loved

1. Winnie the Pooh

2. Edna St. Vincent Millay

3. Amy Carmichael

4. Jazz – Scott Joplin – Dixieland

5. Katherine Hepburn

6. Grant Wood

7. Franz Hals , Rembrandt

8. Agatha Christie

9. Men’s Quartets – Barbershop

10. Letters – writing and getting them

11. Bible study

12. Ogden Nash

13. Magazine illustrators – Jon Whitcomb, Al Parker

14. Onion skin paper and yellow legal pads

15. My family – children, grandchildren

16. Paper dolls



Gilly said...

Your mother sounds a lovely person! And her list is so interesting, I would love to have met her.

You will miss her, I know. But you know where she is!

Connie said...

I read this post several days past but couldn't get my comment to stick so finally came to this computer.

I love her list! Makes me wonder what my list would say ...

Your parents sound wonderful - hard to say goodbye but so much easier when you have oodles of wonderful memories and they lived a good long live.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you at this time, no-one can take the place of a Mother but know that you have been and are loved and I send big hugs to you. Peace be with you and your family. x

Hollace said...

Thank you so much, dear friends. I have spent the last 4 days going through my dad's 3,000 slides and 100 photo albums (I'm not exaggerating) to choose pictures for her memorial service. I see in a compressed view what a good life she had, and she knew and appreciated it. I would say she had an 'upbeat' attitude toward life. She was rich in friends, in words, in laughter. I am fortunate to have had her as my mom.

Anneliese said...

That little note brought tears to my eyes... so simple ...yet a beautiful reminder of life.
May you know God's comfort.

Karla Dornacher said...

I love your mom's list... she must have been a delightful woman and a wonderful mom... thank you for sharing. Sending God's comfort and peace on the wings of a prayer.

debianne said...

I love that the Lord is close to the broken hearted...and I know He is right beside you in your sorrow. You are such an encourager!
My prayers are with you!

Steven said...

I love you, Holly! Thanks for all you are. Think I am going to search harder for some works of Ogden Nash.

Lovella ♥ said...

Holly, What a beautiful list your mom left you. You will surely feel both lonely for her and also very blessed this upcoming Mother's Day.
I just wanted to thank you for the comment you left of encouragement for the book. I was so moved that you took such time to list each item you enjoyed. That just blesses us. I sent the comment to all the girls.

Easter blessings. .
with love,