Melicent was a Godly woman who loved the Lord with all her heart, and she loved people. She was gifted in helping others. She was the open arms of Jesus welcoming all. She knew no strangers. Once you met her you felt as though you were part of her family. She told me to call her “Mum”. Actually we were “family” – God’s forever family. The Word was very important to her. She was always memorizing and quoting Bible verses. Because of her love of people and her knowledge of the word, she could listen to you, council you, and pray for you with Godly wisdom.
I met Melicent through her grandson Trevor. He was in second grade at Redeemer Elementary School. I was a “green” Kindergarten teacher. I told the second graders to do something and they did not do it. He said, “You need to follow through with what you tell us to do” …“out of the mouths of babes”. He was so mature and spoke with the authority I knew was God speaking to me. As it turned out we attended the same church .One Sunday we were sitting near each other at Grace Church and Trevor introduced me to his parents, Hartley and Lona, and his grandmother Melicent. I told Melicent how impressed I was with her grandson. She told me that their family got up very early each day to read the Bible, study, and pray.
After that she would stop by to see me when she came to get Trevor from school. On one occasion, I was preparing for open house. She came in and asked how I was doing. She could see I was nervous. She prayed with me. Then she said to prioritize what needed to be done. Start with the most important tasks-what “must’ be done and work your way down the list. Don’t worry about what does not get done. Only you and God will know what else you planned to do. So that is what I did. I was able to focus and get done what God wanted.
During the Bill Gothard Institute it was such a privilege to sit near Mum. She was so excited to be there-ever learning and ever encouraging others with what the lord had first worked in her own life. She was such an enthusiastic woman of God. She was fun to be with.
It was a joy to attend her ‘40 Again’ birthday celebration. It was a delightful evening honoring a most special woman of God. When she first said her ‘40 Again’ celebration it pointed to her creativity – not just 80 but ‘40 Again!’ Another day my friend Ray and I went to her home and had a special day with her. She gave me one of her hand knitted pot holders. It is hanging in my kitchen and it brings a smile to my face. It reminds me of her.
She was the outstretched arms of Jesus to all who knew her. She welcomed you no matter who you were. She listened with her whole heart and gave you her undivided attention. When she spoke, it was with conviction based on wisdom from the Bible. Melicent is an unforgettable woman. She will always live in our hearts and memories and one day we will see her again in heaven. She was God’s gift to us. Now we need to be faithful to God’s calling and be a blessing to others. Melicent, with a twinkle in her eyes and a great big smile on her face, would say “Amen” to that!