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In Memory of My Mother


Mom image in stardust frame.

Mom in a stardust frame. May she be even more beautiful now in the presence of her Lord and Savior.

It’s hard to believe it’s already January 25th, and this is my first post for 2015. When I said I’d be traveling to care for my mom, I don’t think I realized how much her diagnosis would change my world. Her loss on January 13th turned it upside-down.

I have some news to share related to her last days, but I will share that at a later date, probably when I’m back home and ready to start updating again more frequently. For today, I want to share the information I put together for her memorial service. I found the above picture in her belongings, and I believe it’s from her late teens.

From the memorial brochure…

Page 1, with the picture: “Tell the people, I am happy. Be happy for me too.”

Page 2:

2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT)
(Paraphrased)
7. As for Catherine, she has fought
the good fight, she has finished the
race, and she has remained faithful.
8. And now the prize awaits her—the
crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous Judge, will give
her on the day of His return. And the
prize is not just for her but for all
who eagerly look forward to His
appearing.

Page 3:

In Loving Memory of
Catherine Anne Jensen

Born on September 8th, 1944
in Concord, California

Went peacefully to her eternity with
her Savior, Jesus, on
January 13th, 2015

Memorial at her home church,
First Assembly of God, Benson, AZ
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 @ 1pm

Potluck reception to follow service.

Page 4:

Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT)
8. And now, dear brothers and sisters,
one final thing. Fix your thoughts on
what is true, and honorable, and right,
and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent
and worthy of praise.
9. Keep putting into practice all you
learned and received from me—
everything you heard from me and saw
me doing. Then the God of peace will
be with you.

Click Mom Memorial Flyer for a PDF copy of the brochure if you’d like to print it out.

Many blessings to all my readers for your caring and concern as I walk through this unexpected valley of change in my family. Before she left us. the advent of technology allowed some wonderful last moments for Mom with her older sister, Shirley, and her younger brother, Dale, as we gathered on a Google hangout from three different homes. She was able to say good-bye to siblings, daughters, sons-in-law, a nephew, and friends on the Thursday evening before she began sleeping through her last days. On Saturday and Sunday, she awoke for brief moments for good-byes with her church friends in Benson. A little after 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, January 13th, Mom took her last breaths while looking up and appearing to say “yes” to someone above her. We believe it was an answer to the question, “Are you ready to go?.” She left peacefully and without enduring the extreme pain normally associated with pancreatic and liver cancer. The grace of God has sustained us and will continue to sustain us in the coming days.

May God sustain all of you today and always,

~Crystal

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January 25, 2015 - Posted by | Current Events, Slice of Life | , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Dearest Crystal, I can only imagine how drained you must be after this long time of caring and ministering to your mother. I see you face nestled in her picture. She was beautiful. Somehow the Lord sustains us in these difficult times of life. I know you’re grateful for being able to spend the last few weeks with her. The memorial flyer was a sweet tribute to her. I am praying you will find rest in your body and soul as you return.

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    Comment by Joyce Cordell | January 26, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you, Joyce. I’m a mix of drained and calm with a touch of homesick. I’m only not homesick for the cold. I think I can see the allure of being a snow bird. 🙂

      I appreciate the blessing of your kind words, and I’m truly grateful for your prayers. I hope all works well in getting the meeting moved so I can see everyone in February.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Crystal A Murray | January 26, 2015 | Reply

  2. Oh my goodness. That was beautiful, Crys. And even over the miles, we are still tuned together. While I was reading your blog and read that your mom’s said, “yes”, I immediately knew in my spirit and heart someone was above her and asked her if she was ready to go. Then I read that was what happened. Them I cried in thanksgiving for her and you. So, interpreting, the fact that she was looking up and said”yes” shows a divine presence in the room. Whether it was an angel, our a family member or Jesus himself, I don’t know. But who cares, your Momma went to Heaven and I hope she get’s to meet my Momma there too! Loving you from Corydon, IN your big sister, deb

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    Comment by peyronsinjesus | January 27, 2015 | Reply

    • Loving you back from Kingman, Arizona, Deb. I am truly thankful for all God has shown me about her, and I have great comfort in my spirit concerning her. I can’t thank Janet enough for being with her to see those yes moments so she could share them with me.

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      Comment by Crystal A Murray | January 27, 2015 | Reply


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