Kathy and I attended the funeral of Mildred (Millie) King, Larry’s mom and relative to several Bear Valley members, this morning at the Loveland church of Christ. Ron Lauterbach, the local preacher there, delivered a fine tribute to the godliness of this woman. So many kind things were said by Ron as well as family members about her faithful Christian life. It was all very inspiring. However, the crowning moment of the service was her widower’s words in her honor. Ron saved these words for last, and they were touching. He spoke of his “sweetheart” of 62 years, reflecting on how she put Jesus Christ before anything and anyone else. Then, he spoke about what a devoted mother and wife she was throughout these many decades. It was touching to hear about this wife who dedicated her life to raising faithful children and standing faithfully behind and beside her man. When the service was over, Kathy whispered to me, “I don’t know her, but I want to be just like her.”
Is there any better tribute that can be paid than a life lived well? She served at times as a preacher’s wife, but mostly a school teacher’s wife. She made many a meal and sent many a card to others. Her service was very well attended, especially for a late Thursday morning. All of this honored her, but nothing more than the ones closest to her lavishing such praise about her spiritual maturity and service. And the one closest to her of all people, Leland King, spoke most tenderly, fondly, and cherishingly. No praise outshines the genuine admiration and affection of one’s spouse, the person with the most intimate knowledge of that one. This kind of legacy lives on, even after that one dies (cf. Heb. 11:4b).