Thursday, March 22, 2007

A Love Story..............



Another Love Story…………….
A couple of years ago I witnessed first hand love personified…..We hear so much, especially on TV, two people who fall in love, have a mega-dollar wedding and then divorce six months later, if it last that long.

Two people in their late seventies at least, who we’ve known for many years, lived a long distance away and who we didn’t see very often. We always enjoyed being in their company. We had been visitors in their home and treated royally.

He is a very quiet, unassuming, kindly man who has been a Minister of the Gospel for many years. She, a southern lady, always dressed attractively, hair coiffed and soft spoken. She had a very extensive doll collection which she enjoyed showing to guests in her home. She was a very giving person. While visiting with her, she detected that I like dishes, so she shared two beautiful plates with me.

A little over two years ago, we heard that she had breast cancer but seemed to be doing well. Their children were helping to help take care of them so they were able to manage their home.

We were attending a meeting in Tennessee and we were delighted to see them come in. She was in a wheelchair, gently pushed by her husband. It was her birthday and they had been to brunch at a restaurant to celebrate. She was dressed in a pretty dress and as she had lost her hair due to chemotherapy, she was sporting a beautiful straw hat.

He rolled her up a couple of rows in front of me and lovingly helped her out of the wheelchair into a seat. Quietly, he carried her chair to the back and came back to sit beside her. He kept his arm around her shoulder protectively the entire service. Sometimes, I’m sure because of her medication, she would momentarily doze off and he would lovingly nudge her. He kept his eyes on her continually as though he was drinking in her very being. I was so thankful I had my camera and discreetly made their picture.

A few months later she passed away. Although I know she is so much better off and is no longer suffering, I can’t help thinking how very much he must miss her. We have heard him sing numerous time ‘What A Day That Will Be”. While I know he ultimately is referring to the day he sees his Savior, I can’t help but think he also is thinking of the day he will see his wife again.

This dear devoted couple: Elder Gene Turner and Sister Virginia Turner.

21 comments:

cityfarmer said...

"I've got a mansion just over the hilltop in that great land where we'll never grow old...and some day yonder we will never more wonder, but walk on streets that are pa-aaved with gold."
(Old Time Favorites #9)

Karen said...

Oh my....such love.

Christie Belle said...

Such a beautiful story, it brought a tear to my eye. Such love as this is such a treasured thing. Thanks for sharing.

Christie Belle said...

Nope, I didn't delete anything...hmmm....

Susan P. said...

What a shining example of true love.The picture really says it all, no words are even necessary. Thanks for giving us a "glimpse" of something so precious.

HeatherJ said...

Beautiful story . . . thanks for sharing it with us!

Ash said...

Such a beautiful story. The picture says it all. Still so in love after that many years.I am sure he misses her much. Thank you for this wonderful post.

Candy said...

Hi Betty :) What a beautiful love story! This was one of my very favorite posts ever.
And I love the song too "What a day that will be"..
"What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see, when I look upon face, the one who saved me by His grace....." Ohh I love it.
Very beautiful post.
Love Candy

david santos said...

very nice done Betty!
this work is very good. thank you
have a good weekend

Tracy said...

Betty, Thank you for sharing this story. I so enjoy hearing about enduring love. My heart breaks for this man who has lost his true love, but rejoices that God is sovereign and good. Indeed, heaven will be a wonderful place when we are at last in the presence of our Savior and reunited with dear loved ones.

Rhoda said...

Lovely story, Betty...they just don't make 'em like that much any more. My parents have been married for 53 years, so I know about that kind of love firsthand. Love those old hymns too & miss hearing them.

Rhoda

PEA said...

Oh Betty, what a wonderful story of true love..it brought me to tears thinking of him without her now. I'm so happy you have a picture of them...we can see for ourselves how very protective he was of her! Thank you so much for sharing their story with us!! xox

RoseMary said...

What a wonderful sweet love story! Thanks so much for sharing it.

BTW--I tried the sugar-olive oil scrub you posted and love it!

Carolanne said...

That's real love.
When my mum was dying back in 1999, I remember her telling me a story. She woke up to find Dad watching her even though he needed his sleep too. She asked him why he wasn't asleep yet and he replied he just wanted to watch her and not miss a thing.
She passed away just after their 39th wedding anniversary. When Dad came home with her wedding ring, he said, "This is the only time her ring has come off her finger since the day I put it on her."
I love watching older people and seeing them demonstrate what real love is!

HORIZON said...

What a beautiful story to share-thankyou so much Betty. A very similar thing happened to me with my neighbour and his wife. They were a lovely couple together, both in their eighties having been married forever. One day they were sitting out the front garden, Emily was sitting enjoying the sun while Maurice did some weeding. l had my camera and asked if they'd like their picture taken- they were delighted. Later that year Emily died- it was the day right after Christmas- boxing day here. Poor Maurice was so sad and whenever l saw him he talked of Emily. l gave him the photo and it meant so much. He keeps it on his mantle in the livingroom. He is a dear soul. Lovely story again dear lady.
Hugs

Susie said...

What a touching story of love...
I could just feel the tenderness here..
:)

Tina Leigh said...

Betty I want come visit you any more if your gonna make me cry. A good story but I am scared of it!!! It is our worst night mare, is it not, to lose our spouse!

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Betty, what a beautiful and touching story...I'm writing this as tears stream down my face...

Forever Autumn said...

What a rare and precious love they shared. Love is eternal. Praise God! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Forever Autumn

tongue in cheek said...

A love story like that never ends. It continues in spirit and hearts of remebrance.

Kerri said...

Such a beautiful and poignant story Betty. Thank you so much for sharing it, and the sweet, sweet photo. It brings a lump to my throat.