Mabel Blake born 1919 died 2012 aged 93.
I though I would update everyone on what has happened in the past week.
For those of you who don't know my mother passed away peacefully around 3.50 am on Wednesday morning. She had been in a nursing home for just under 4 years and had been quite ill for the preceding few days. I woke at the same time she passed away wide awake and knew she had gone, I don't know how but I just knew and the phone rang within 10 mins to say she was at peace.
While I am happy for her and know shes with Jesus I am still grieving but not for the mum in the nursing home but the mum who use to bake goodies and always leave some dough for me to eat. Many a morning I would get up to her baking biscuits/cookies, buns or pies and she would always have some dough for me.
I remember her hospitality. We had people who lived out of town but worked in the town who would often share their lunch hour with mum and sit in the cozy kitchen and talk. Often mum would be cooking and they would keep working while they chatted. No matter what time someone came there was always a cuppa and some yummy goodies she had cooked. I once asked for some type of cake to take to school and mum said but you don't like it that much and my reply was no but this other girl does. Where my brother would swap mum's goodies I just gave them to others. She always had goodies in the freezer and was the first to offer them to people in need or just as a gift when they needed it most. I know a couple of pastors who really loved her buns and I use to love delivering them.
Mum also loved children we adopted one pastors family and the children were little when they came and called her grandma, she taught one to knit and played cricket with the other. When the eldest was having her first child she rang mum to tell her she would be a great grandmother and she was so proud.
She also taught sunday school and Junior Christian Endeavor and late bible studies in our home. She always wanted to be a teacher and felt God gave her the chance in these avenues.
I am remembering good times and it brings back so many good memories and tears. I know it will take time but I know she is with Jesus and reunited with dad. Today is her funeral which will be both happy and sad.
I am not sleeping much but know after today it should get easier. I may write more as writing is really helping me at present. The photo was taken back in 1999 when mum was 80.