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This Month's Message

Far Above Rubies
REMEMBERING MOTHER: BILLIE FRANCES SPEIGHTS CAFFEY 1924--2016
By Fran Caffey Sandin

“Who can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies?” (Proverbs 31: 10 KJV)

Kim stood at the lavatory washing her hands when my mother saw tears running down her cheeks. As Kim turned to grab a paper towel from the dispenser in the public restroom, Mother approached her, put a hand on her shoulder and said, “Honey, I’m so sorry—is there anything I can do to help?”

At first the young lady was startled that a stranger noticed her distress, but when Mother’s gentle touch reached her, she burst into tears. As they gravitated toward a quiet corner, Kim poured out her heart while Mother listened intently, often shaking her head with a compassionate nod. After a few minutes Kim wiped her eyes, regained her composure, took a deep breath and said, “Oh, thank you!! Thank you! I feel so much better now.”

The two of them hugged and went their separate ways, but Kim did not know that Mother was hard- of- hearing, did not hear her story, and never knew why she was crying. However, Mother displayed the caring, unconditional love and gentleness that so characterized her life.

As a young girl I watched Mother keep her modest frame home clean and neat. After preparing a delicious meal, she carefully hand-polished the copper bottomed pots and pans that normally hung on wall hooks above the stove. She had those pans so shiny they could have been featured in a magazine. It seemed such a small detail, but her diligence showed respect for my Dad who worked hard in his mechanic shop to buy that cookware. It also taught me the importance of taking every task seriously, whether large or small.

My cousin, Paul wrote: “Billie was my ‘gold standard’ of what every woman should strive to be, what every man would look for in someone to be with and what every child would hope a parent would reflect about life and the living of it. I will always remember her smile and how completely unflappable she always seemed, no matter what we cooked up or how badly we messed up.”

Paul’s brother, John wrote: “Aunt Billie was my favorite aunt. She was always so loving and caring when Paul and I were visiting in East Texas. We were often getting into some mischief, and I am sure it was hard on her, but she was always smiling and patient with us and never yelled or got angry. What a sweet, sweet person. 91 years is a full life, and I am sure she is resting in Heaven now.”

My cousin, Laurie wrote: “It is such a blessing to think about Aunt Billie and the beautiful legacy she has left through her family. Her relationship with her brother (my Dad) gave them both such strength and showed what it truly means to be a brother and sister to one another. When I read I John 4: 7-21, I thought of her and the kind of love she showed to others every day…’God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us.’ I am so thankful for the life she lived and for our family.”

Mother impacted many lives. My brother, sister, and I could add numerous stories. Mother’s Day will be our first without her---poignant, as we thank God yet miss her presence.

Dear Father, thank you for the influence of a godly mother, one who loved you and shared your love with others. Thank you for her life-long service to us, to her church family, and community. May we remember her example and live accordingly. In Jesus’ name, Amen.