Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

The funeral is over. It was a beautiful service. The message was ... odd. I wanted to jump up and say, "the theological opinions expressed by the speaker do not necessarily represent the theology of the family". Other than that it was sweet and special. My Uncle Harold touched my heart the most. I have such a great amount of love and respect for him. Tracy was amazing on the piano! It was the second hardest day of my life only behind the day I watched her die. It is hard to believe that I will never her see her in this life again. She was the most amazingly Christlike person I have ever known and quite possibly may be the most Christlike person I will EVER know. I was such a Mama's boy. Now I am a Mama's boy without a Mama. It feels so bad. I am now part of a club that I never wanted to be part of. "The Kids Without Moms Club". God has been wonderful and granted us peace but there is still such a hollow feeling where she is forever missing from my world.

Donna Rains

Donna Louise (Baugh) Rains was born Thursday, August 11, 1932, and was promoted to glory on Saturday, January 26, 2008. She was joined in marriage with Allie T. Rains on February 5, 1953. Dear mother of Tom (Cathy) Rains of Quincy, Illinois, Pattie (Mike) Hanna of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathryn (Tom) Phillips of Wright City, Missouri, Darla (Fred) Shular of St. Clair, Missouri and Jasper (Kendra) Rains of Ellisville, Missouri; dear grandmother of 7 as well as 5 grandchildren who preceded her in death; dear great-grandmother of two; dear sister of Harold (Aleene) Baugh. Our dear sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend. Along with her husband, Mrs. Rains served the Grace Baptist Church in faithful ministry for 47 years and continued to be a member there until her passing. Her life affected many and she was well known as a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

When I Must Leave You
by Helen Steiner Rice
(A favorite poet of Donna’s)

When I must leave you for a little while,

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears,

And hug your sorrow to you through the years,

But start out bravely with a gallant smile.

And for my sake and in my name,

Live on and do all things the same.

Feed not your loneliness on empty days,

But fill each waking hour in useful ways.

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer,

And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near.
And never, never be afraid to die,

For I am waiting for you in the sky

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