January 09, 1952 - February 18, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:24 PM
I have so many fond memories of you Myrta (Maw), too many to list here. I find comfort in the belief that you and Pal are together again having a ball up there. You will be sorely missed. Sending huge hugs to Shawn and Family.
Alyssia Rhoads (MARYSVILLE, WA)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:42 PM
It still doesn't seem real that you are gone. Every time a commercial for the new season of The Voice comes on it breaks my heart; you loved that damn show. I found ticket stubs in my pocket the other day from when you, me, Sara, and Jo went to go see “Sing” on New Year's Eve day. That nearly sent me into tears. There are pieces of you all around our loving home, and it doesn't seem right that you are not here with us. Your grandson and daughter-in-law love and miss you so much. You were so good to them. We found the green, stuffed Troll that you were going to give Jo Jo for Valentine’s Day in your room, along with the other stuff you didn’t get to give us all. He sleeps with it every night and carries it on the car ride in the morning. The night I had to take you to the clinic, you were supposed to come home. I know you were hurting about leaving too, from the tears running down your face at different times during your days in the hospital. Even though you couldn't talk, I know you heard our words of love and I hope we all expressed enough how much you mean to all of us. It's been a rollercoaster of a year and it just doesn't seem fair, as you were getting back on your feet. Ready to live again. Ready to love again. The only thing that gives me comfort is that you are not hurting anymore and are with Dad, Grandpa, and Grandma again. I have to believe that God had a bigger plan, in taking your beautiful spirit away from us. As Sara has said, "you were someone who loved unconditionally." I have to agree. You had an undeniable forgiving heart . . . even to those who were undeserving of it. I can only hope to show as much graciousness in my life, as you have shown Mom. I take after you in so many ways. I certainly have your temper. :) I miss your stories, and the force-feeding of Reese’s and chocolate chip cookies with you nearly every night, hahaha! You and Dad are in my thoughts every day. Until we are all together again, much love to you and good wishes in your journey. It’s not goodbye . . . it is just see you later.
Shawn Lentz (Arlington, WA)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:43 AM
Dear loving family & friends of Myrta,
I'm very sorry for the sad loss of your beloved Mother. Although I don't know you, and I didn't know your dear Mother, I want to offer my deepest sympathy to you and your family in your painful loss.
I hope to share with you what continues to bring me comfort in the sad losses of my beloved Mom and Dad and my beloved youngest brother in the hope that you will find an added measure of comfort in what helps me. My brother died a little over 8 1/2 months ago suddenly and very unexpectedly at 51. They all died within the past little over 2 1/2 years.
I think about the fact that they're not suffering, and that means a lot to me! And I look forward intently every day to the time for the resurrection to take place, and I hope that I will be here to welcome them each back to life with a loving hug!
Acts 24:15 promises "that there is going to be a resurrection." Ecclesiastes 9:11b explains why many die; that "time and unexpected events (Or, "unforeseen occurrence") overtake them all."
Our loving God doesn't cause sad things to happen to our loved ones as Job 34:10 helps us to understand. There it reads, "So listen to me, you men of understanding: It is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly, for the Almighty to do wrong!" and James 1:13, 'When under trial, let no one say: "I am being tried by God." For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.'"
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speaks of God as “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” 1 Peter 5:7 lets us know that we can “throw all our anxiety upon (God), because he cares.” And Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the intense sadness that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.
Revelation 21:4 gives us this wonderful promise, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Just imagine -a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death!
When it's time for the resurrection, many will be raised back to life right here on the earth that will be restored to Paradise conditions as Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell about, "no wicked... meek will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.. The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it." Then perfect peace, even among the animals, (Isaiah 11:6-9) beautiful surroundings, living the way our Creator originally intended! With no sickness! - Isaiah 33:24 tells us that 'No resident will say: "I am sick."'
Older ones will grow young again, as Job 33:25 promises, "Let his (her) flesh become fresher (Or, "healthier") than in youth; Let him (her) return to the days of his (her) youthful vigor."
I hope that you will find comfort in your memories, perhaps by looking at pictures. And I hope that these and other verses will help too. Romans 15:4 says, "For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope."
Please go to www.jw.org for more comfort.
Take care, and I truly hope that you will find some comfort.
Cindy Boyer (Mohnton, PA)