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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Beloved Grandmother

If you think of me during the upcoming week, please pray for me. My heart is heavy with grieving. My Grandmother passed away and the funeral is on Tuesday. It is a hard thing for me to accept that I am unable to go. We have been unable to attain airline tickets to Texas. Mom and Dad have very generously offered their airline miles, but with the holiday it would cost them twice as many miles, and there just isn't enough. I am so grateful for their love for me. We have been on the computer for the last 48 hours trying to find tickets for less than $500 a ticket and have been unsuccessful. It is frustrating to see we can fly to Florida for less than $100 but are unable to fly to Dallas, Tx for less than $480.
I am trying to keep my heart from hardening, but it is a battle I feel I am failing at. Being human, with a human heart, I am not finding comfort in His plan at the moment. I am having trouble understanding why I unable to be with my family. Please, dear friends, pray for me.

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Annie “Marie” Varner

Marie Varner, age 99, passed away December 26, 2008 at Ware Living Center in Amarillo . She was born on October 23, 1909 in Weatherford , Texas to Thomas E. and Dora Kennedy. Her family moved to Cisco when she was a child where she grew up. After graduating from Cisco High School she briefly attended Abilene Christian College . She married Dr. Roy W. Varner on December 24, 1937 in Abilene . Except for the time she lived in San Antonio when Dr. Varner was in the service during World War II, she lived in Abilene where Dr. Varner practiced medicine for many years. They moved to Clyde after his retirement. She moved to Amarillo in 2005. After her marriage she was a homemaker for the remainder of her life. She was a loving wife and Mother and her life revolved around her family. Marie and R.W. were the parents of six children. She is survived by sons: Darrell and wife Ethel of Amarillo, Larry and wife Tammy of New Braunfels, Terry of Richmond, David of Abilene and daughter: Sharon Simpson of Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great grand children. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, her son Roy Don, her parents, four brothers and four sisters. She was a member of the Church of Christ for almost seventy years and attended Highland , Hillcrest and Clyde Churches of Christ until her health prevented her from doing so.


7 comments:

Aubs said...

Jean Marie...you will most definatly be in my prayers...what a tough situation. That is one of my fears being so far away from home and i can very much relate w/ how hard it can be to find comfort in His plan sometimes. He is the great comforter though so lean on him to find the strength you need right now and know that I am praying for you.

Your Grandma sounds like an amazing woman....may God wrap your whole family in His arms through your grief. ::::Hugs::::

Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, and that you aren't able to be there...Thankfully God is good, and someday you will be with her again. I'm glad you were able to write you thoughts and memories of her down- you will cherish them even more later, I'm sure..In the meantime I will say a prayer for you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Dear Jean Marie:

Mourning is not any easy thing… but thankfully we do not do it alone. We know your grandma’s path is a path we are all heading down… we just hope and pray we are ready at the end… which your grandma was. I am sure you are thankful for her faith in Christ. She has no more pain; she is now in glory able to praise our Lord more fully than ever before. We are sorry that you are not able to attend the funeral... maybe it will be apparent why later. Just remember that you are loved… by the Lord and the people that He has put into your life. Reflect on the wonderful memories that you have of your grandma… think of those pleasant things every time people say your name… since part of it is her name as well. We pray for comfort in your time of need… a comfort we can only have through Christ (Matt. 5:4).

Love,

Dad (Bibby)

Erin said...

Jean Marie,

You will be in my prayers. As will all your family in this time of grieving and reflection. Your grandmother sounds like a great woman, obviously an inspiration to you! May you find peace in knowing that you will be reunited with her perfect self, in the most perfect place, in HIS perfect timing. God Bless You!
Love, Erin

Rebecca said...

DEAR Jean... I am so sorry that in the midst of the most joyous season of all, your heart is heavy with this loss!

It has probably been said before, I'm sure it has, but as hard as it is to not be able to attend the funeral~we can praise and thank God that this will not be the last time you will be united with your grandmother. If she were not of the faith, one last glimpse would be so much more important-but the next time you see her...she will have the shinest of eyes, the most radiant of faces, and PURE joy. No longer will she be feeble, no longer twisted in pain...

Perhaps if you focus on those things, the pain might sting less.

I am so sorry for your grief. The grief we feel is for ourselves, sadness that we will never see our loved ones again. But don't grieve for HER, Jean Marie, I'm sure she wouldn't want you to do that...because right now, she is in the arms of our Lord and I am certain that being wrapped in His Glory is right where she WANTS to be. There she is safe, comforted, loved, and complete.

I will pray that the Lord bring you the comfort you so need and long for...I'm so sorry for your loss Jean.

Love you.

Diane said...

Jean,
I'm so sorry to hear about you grandma. She sounds like a great woman that you had the privileged of knowing for 30 years. You have a great middle name to remember her by.

Jess said...

Jean,
You'll be in our prayers. I'm so sorry to hear about the whole situation and will pray for peace and comfort for you during this hard time.

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