We recently said good-bye to Dorothy Edmisson, who went to be with her Lord at the age of 85. Dorothy was a founding member of our church. She reared her five children here. She played the piano and organ, led Vacation Bible School, opened her home to all and served in many many capacities at the church. She was an example of a Christian and a committed church member. A LIFE WELL LIVED! Below is her youngest Daughter’s (Vicki) Eulogy to her mother.
By Vicki Corrion
When I think of my Mother I think of her smile, her laughter, and her love of life. I think about how her face would light up whenever myself or another family member would walk into the room. I think about how special and loved and protected I felt when she was around
In my eyes, my mom was an amazing woman who taught me so much. The most important lessons were not always verbal however; they were in her actions.
She taught me the importance of family. She said that being part of a family meant that you love unconditionally, listen carefully, and always be there for one another. You see, having 4 older brothers and sisters, that wasn’t always easy to do! My mother used to tell me how fortunate I was to have all my siblings and that they would be the ones that I would lean and depend on one day…..and she was right.
She also taught me about faith. Although Mom made sure we were at church every Sunday, she was never really one to question why we didn’t go more often as we got older, yet she remained steadfast in her faith and continued setting the example by going to church until she could no longer do so. Through her example she has taught me the importance of faith and keeping God at the forefront of my everyday life. She also taught me the love of music and piano in our church. I always admired how she would get up in front of the congregation and play her songs on the piano or organ – whether she had practiced them beforehand or not!
My Mother had many different types of jobs during her life. Whether she was driving the school bus, grading my school papers, being the lunch lady – she was always there. She tried to set her schedule to match ours. I can honestly say that I can’t remember an event, a concert, or a game that she did not attend. She worked long and hard and never complained. Watching her hard work, dedication, and perseverance throughout the years set a prime example for me to follow in my own career.
As the years progressed, so did my Mother’s dementia. Over time she was not able to speak. I never once questioned the depth of my Mother’s love. Even towards the end she never passed up an opportunity to let us know just how much she loved us – whether it was her struggling to mouth the words “I love you” or the way she would gently rub our hands, we knew it was her way of telling us how much she still loved us. In her final days, my sister and I felt so blessed and honored that God had allowed us to spend so much time with her. We would sit with her for hours and reminisce about the past. We never were quite sure if she understood what we were saying, but we were certain that she felt the love we had for her.
She was more than my mother, she was my friend….I will miss her so!
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