Yesterday I was privileged to attend the funeral for a wonderful woman who passed away last week. Evidenced by the large crowd at the service, this woman will be greatly missed for her love of life, her unconditional love, and her unfailing service to all she encountered.
Her daughter shared a story about Chris and her constant purchase of CTR rings. Her daughter wondered why her mother bought so many CTR rings. She thought maybe her mom was misplacing them over and over again and she started to worry a bit about it. One Sunday she was with her mom. Unbeknownst to Chris, a young man was struggling with some life choices. She felt drawn to him and told him that though she didn't know him, she could feel his strong spirit and she knew he could make the right choices. She then reached down and removed the CTR ring she wore on her right pinky finger and handed it to this young man in hopes that he would be reminded to make the right choices. Her daughter realized that Chris wasn't losing her CTR rings, she was giving them away just as freely as she gave her love away.
Chris touched many lives and left an impression on mine. She was full of love for everyone. No one was a stranger to Chris and she always had time to visit, even if it was at the grocery store in the frozen food aisle.
While it is hard to lose someone we love, it makes it a little better knowing that she fought the good fight and she made choices that have lead her back to the Savior. She was prepared to meet God and her life was a testimony of her beliefs and values. To me, she exemplified charity and I will forever remember her example of kindness and love.
Every time I look at my CTR ring, I will remember Chris.