A Letter To Mom—A Gift From Above
Born on November 21, 1924, God sent this beautiful
gentle woman into the world.
When you gave life to us over the years, we didn’t realize how much you being our mom would mean. From the moment God breathed life into us and chose you to be our provider and keeper, we realized how blessed we were to have you in our lives. Thank you, Mom, for being the epitome of what true motherhood means.
You brought eight children into the world and molded each one of us with the love that only a mother can bring. Your unstoppable devotion to family will truly be missed.
You passed the test that our Father gave you by teaching us true love and devotion and by softly enforcing discipline, education and honor so that we would grow up to be children you would be proud of. You gave up things for yourself in order that we would have the best of what you could give. You taught us how important a good education was by example--graduating with a Master’s degree while married, living in the far end of the Bronx, working full-time in Manhattan, going to school in Brooklyn, all on public transportation, while taking care of a family consisting of a spouse and junior high and high school aged children.
Your living children, Gloria, Barbara, Geraldine “Gerri”, Donald, Denise and James “Rocky”, honor you. Now, as you are welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven, your parents, Delilah and Early, your husband, Tommy, your children, Jasper and Leroy, your granddaughter, Shantay, your sister, Mary, and brothers, Issacs, Junior, Sonny, Joseph, Fred and Kelsey, wait at the pearly gates welcoming you in as God says, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
You leave behind your aforementioned children; grandchildren, Stevie, Charles, Jr., Keenya, Niambi, Taylor, Lazette, Caleb, Jada and Pipp; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were graced and impacted by your love and are blessed to have had you in their lives.
As we may mourn our loss, we know that it is only for a season. For we know that as long as we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will see you again soon. We are blessed to have had you in our lives. May you enjoy every minute in the Kingdom as we embrace your laughter and joy now that you are truly at peace with the Lord. We will see you on the other side, Mom, waiting at the gate to welcome us in!
From you children and legacy. We love you, Mom.
With God and forever in our hearts.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. both at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073.
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