(PREFACE killed when struck by a motorcycle while riding ...)
PREFACE killed when struck by a motorcycle while riding his bicycle with his grandsons near his home." Even the most beautiful summer day and happiest of times can change to tragedy and heartbreak in moments. The difficult days, weeks, and even months that followed have been made easier to bear by the deeds and words of caring Christian people. "My God will supply all that you need from his glorious resources in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 (Phillips) The "earthen vessels," the hands, the hearts and time of God's people supplied all possible needs. The one thing that could not be supplied in fact, the erasing of the separation, was even made easier to bear. I have reached for the hand of the Master as never before. "I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives within me." Phillippians 4:13 (Phillips). I prayed for the application of that strength. I prayed for my creative mind to be able to produce words that would give me strength and comfort by their verbalization. Then, I began to realize that these words when they came could be helpful and comforting to others who might not be able to express their thoughts and feelings during such a time. The apostle Paul knew that words could bring such comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:18). I also believe they can be helpful to those seeking to comfort a bereaved friend. The tears come, the loneliness of an awful final separation never goes completely away, but as promised, my God is near. As a part of His glorious resource, each friend to whom I spoke, and from whom I gained inspiration for these words, is also near. PRELUDE I'm glad you came in the hours of dying. But, why, oh, why do you talk to each other, visiting merrily? Didn't you hear me shouting, silently, "I'm dying, too." I needed you to touch me, to speak to me lovingly, mindfully, sharing my awful dread. Oh, I had a sure and certain need for you my friend.
Student, Southern Arkansas University, 1974.
Broadcaster local television and radio, 1955—1965. Office manager accountant Arkansas Chemicals Inc., El Dorado, 1971—1986. Teacher Southern Arkansas University, 1978.
Vice president, membership chairman Community Concert Association, 1972—1974. Active member Parent-Teachers Association. Member of Artesia Arts Council (treasurer since 1986), Artesia Community Chorale, New Mexico Writers Guild, Poets Roundtable Arkansas, National League American Pen Women, National Writers Club (Artesia).
Married Carl S. Williams, December 15, 1946 (deceased June 10, 1985). Children: Larry Carl, Mark Oliver.