Remembering Ellen



It was weird walking over to that grave marker a few days ago. I had not been there for a few years. The National Cemetery is such a peaceful and beautiful place. One of the few veterans benefits that I have ever used. Just seeing my name on the marker was a bit surreal. Walking over to it brought back so many memories of the first time I was here so many years ago - today marks twenty years when my first wife Ellen passed away.

What I most remember about Ellen was her zeal and zest for life. And her love for the Lord. She was a wonderful wife and mom who brought joy into our home every day. I remember that day when her heart and kidneys failed at age 39. I will always remember the courageous ways that she faced adversity in those last four years. Our twenty-three years together shaped me so much as a man and as a follower of Jesus. I will always be thankful for the way that God brought us together and the impact she had on my life.


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  1. Precious memories. She was an important chapter in your life. So young. thank you for sharing something so intimate with us.
    (((hugs)))
    Sue

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  2. What treasured memories. The Lord knew the man she needed in those difficult years. Blessings and hugs.

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  3. Bless you, and your treasured memories.

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  4. May all your memories be pleasant and bring you blessing.

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  5. A few comments from Facebook that I want to capture here ...

    I remember and wipe away a tear as I type this. Very gracious and courageous person. -Gary

    I still remember the loving tribute you gave at her funeral. Took a lot of strength in your grief. Very moving. -Laurie

    Wow! Has it really been 20 years? I think about Ellen often Bob. She was such a very dear friend. She taught me so much about strength, faith and endurance. Even after 20 years, I still miss her. Thank you for the reminder. -Vicki

    Beautiful tribute. Though I never got to meet Ellen I am always thankful for her life and will be giving her a big hug when we meet in heaven! -Susie

    I remember that period well and thank God for the wisdom and grace He gave you during that time. Ellen was deeply loved by all of us who knew her. I remember her with great joy and thank God for the impact she had on your life and all of our lives. -Ollie

    20 years ago I watched her take her last breath. It was such a bittersweet moment. No more suffering, and a chance for new love to fill our household. I wouldn't be the mother I am today without you and Ann. -My Daughter

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  6. I remember Ellen would often compliment me on my education and intellect but, she had something far greater going on, a deep abiding love for the lord that few of us know. Itold her that often.

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    1. Those were great days Belinda! Love our small group and get-togthers with our families.

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