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Tribute to the Memory of a Favorite Aunt

MsDora, Certified Christian Counselor, helps grieving persons by sharing practical suggestions and by her personal expressions of grief.

She was my children’s favorite aunt and we all loved her. This was the aunt who loved like a mother, though she never had children of her own.

After the initial shock of her sudden passing, my thoughts turned toward the challenge of comforting my son and daughter. She had offered them spiritual guidance. She had shared hours of fun and laughter with them. She had treated each one like her favorite.

Certainly, she deserved a tribute which registered her special qualities, and would help the children remember the good times they shared. Thanks to my Muse for helping me rise to the challenge.

Tribute to a Favorite Aunt

Tribute to a Favorite Aunt

Poem: Forever Special

Friends and family took it for granted
That there was something ready to eat,
If our favorite aunt stood in the kitchen
Or was seated, perhaps tired and beat.
She was the true model of Martha;
Serving with joy that comes from above;
Whether roti with curry, or pastry with fruit
It was seasoned with our favorite aunt’s love.

But our dear aunt was more than a Martha;
She was a devoted Mary, too.
Reading her Bible and saying her prayers
Talking to Jesus like other saints do.
She would let you know that she prayed for you
And she’d tell you, “Be faithful and strong.”
So although we miss her voice for a while
Her prayers will echo through many years long.

Photo by James Chan

Photo by James Chan

Our dear aunt was Eunice and Lois too,
To all the children who came for her food;
She filled their stomachs and filled their hearts;
She taught them ‘bout God for their own good.
No one called her Mom, at least not out loud,
But none doubted the love she was showing;
The kids loved her too, and cuddled with her
When she taught them the lessons worth knowing.

In the days, months and years that lie ahead,
When we talk about how things used to be,
Some will say this, some will say that
But on these things we’ll have to agree:
Our aunt was godly, and wise, and fun;
The best sister, homemaker and friend;
And in the hearts of her nieces and nephews
She’ll be special from now till the end.

Bible Women She Modeled

My children's favorite aunt was the one all the family members (including my children) called when they wanted the recipe to make a gourmet sauce or dessert. I knew that many people would memorialize her culinary expertise in their tributes; but I wanted to register my opinion that she was much more than a good cook.

Yes, she had the expertise of the New Testament cook, Martha, but she also had the devotion of Martha's sister, Mary. My children’s aunt was the embodiment of both women.

Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. (Luke 10: 39, 40 NLT)

Then two other Bible women came to mind—Lois the grandmother, and Eunice the mother who are credited with the godly training of young Timothy. Their aunt also modeled the teaching skills of these women.

Paul to Timothy: I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. (2 Timothy 1:5 NLT)

With the virtues of these Bible women in my mind, and the joy that my children's aunt held a place among them, the lines above came easily. My children appreciated and confirmed that they provided a fitting tribute to her and a pleasant memory for them.

Bible Verses She Modeled

It is difficult to forget a woman who comes to mind when we read certain Bible verses. The following are from Proverbs 31 which describe this woman who was not even a biological mother.

  • She is energetic and strong, a hard worker (verse 17).
  • She is clothed with strength and dignity (verse 25).
  • When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. (verse 26).
  • Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. (verse 30).

In Memoriam

We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

— 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)

© 2012 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 09, 2020:

Welcome to HubPages. Thanks for reading and commenting on my article. Glad that it helps you deal with your loss. Be encouraged!

greg cain from Idaho, USA on April 09, 2020:

Wow! What a tremendous tribute to someone who 'loved like a mother, though she never had children of her own.' I know you put this together a long time ago, but just wanted to share my thoughts: it's a very well written piece whose birth, it seems, coincides with the year my mother passed away. Anyway, thanks for gifting us these words that will forever memorialize a treasured aunt.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 26, 2012:

PDXKaraokeGuy, thanks for your kind comments. We are certainly grateful when we cross paths with good people. Happy for you!

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on July 26, 2012:

Beautiful poem. WE should all have someone like that in our lives, and I certainly do. your children are blessed... and good looking. Great photo. Great poem!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 04, 2012:

Thanks, RTalloni. Good memories bring peace, hope and comfort whenever we are separated from the people with whom we made them. Hope we all make some good memories today. Happy July 4th!

RTalloni on July 03, 2012:

I'm so glad that you have precious memories of your aunt.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 26, 2012:

Thanks, Cathleena. I pray His blessing on you and yours also. Take care.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 26, 2012:

Well, we know for sure that she is happy with Jesus since she lived her life letting others know how much she loves Him. This poem is a lovely tribute to a very wonderful person and Aunt. God bless you and your family with an abundance of His goodness!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 25, 2012:

Aunt Mollie, you made me smile. Just the fact that you mentioned your nieces and nephews that way, lets me know that you have a loving relationship with them. Enjoy each other while you live.

Thanks Lot. She really was very loving and kind. She is away from all pain and suffering, awaiting her new immortal body at the resurrection.

Lot Rillera from Philippines on June 25, 2012:

Ms. Dora, I can see that your your childrens aunt is so special to you and to your kids, she has a good heart taking care of your kids and others. Hope she's happy now in heaven. Hope everything's gonna be okay soon. God Bless ! Lot

Aunt Mollie on June 23, 2012:

What a sweet, loving tribute to your Aunt. Hope all my nieces and nephews are paying attention!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2012:

Cheryl, thanks for your affirmation. Yes, we will surely miss her, but we all-including you and your son-can find some comfort in the beautiful memories we share.

Cheryl Elmes on June 17, 2012:

Sis Dora, that is a fitting and lovely truth. That favorite aunt was my son's godmother; she was their babysitter. I can testify to her having all those virtues you so correctly attributed to her.Indeed I've spent many hoursin her kitchen, eating her food purchasing her sweet Guxanese/caribbean delicacies, talking and laughting and sharing.We miss her terribly, but ¿God knows best. Thank you for uplifting her memory with such dignity.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 14, 2012:

Thanks, Nell. We live with the hope that one day all our losses will be forgotten.

Nell Rose from England on June 13, 2012:

This is such a lovely poem dedicated to your childrens aunt, I am so sorry for your loss and she will be missed so much, but soon the happy memories will surface and you will always think of her with a smile, take care nell

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 13, 2012:

Thanks manatita. Your comment is very comforting.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 13, 2012:

Laurel, thanks for your comment. Glad you share some of the wonderful memories we all have.

Laurel on June 13, 2012:

Beautiful tribute. How well do I remember the times we shared. Wonderful memories. May you and the rest of the family be comforted as you reflect on her love and devotion to one and all, and may she enjoy her sleep until Father calls her name. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings

manatita on June 13, 2012:

Excellent use of virtuous women which enobles your aunt even more. My deepest empathy. Judging by your own example of inspirational service, she has done her job well and I feel sure that she will be well looked after in the celestial spheres.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 13, 2012:

Glad you like the poem, samanthajae. Happy that it showed you her life as the inspiration it was. I appreciate your comment.

samanthajae on June 13, 2012:

Ms Dora, just reading your poem makes me feel as if I knew your aunt and saddened by her passing. It is a blessing to read of such a radiant life and it inspires one to follow in her footsteps. Thank you for sharing this beautiful dedication poem.

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