December 28, 2009


Jill Shelley

Karen and I were just talking about her funeral not 20 minutes ago. We were both wondering how it went and she told me you sang at it. I really enjoyed reading her own words. What a humble woman. I was sad when your post ended. I wanted to read more and more. I only met Great Grandma once, but both Den and I knew she was special.
Now I will go find Karen and tell her you posted!

Joan Lloyd

I'm sure it was just the way she wanted it. We send our condolences and love to you.


Beautifully written, Aunt Mar. Oh, I wish I could have been there, but I'm glad that the funeral service went well. I wish that I could have heard all that Great Grandma had said.

And how cool for Nathan to be an honorary pallbearer. Very very cool.

Love you and hope you are doing well.

Lori Tolbert

A beautiful tribute, Mar. I know you miss her, so I hope you're doing ok.


I will forever be grateful for this legacy


The funeral was enriching. The highlight for me was the beautiful song sung by Marilyn and accompanied by her sister, Margaret (no they aren't nuns ;).

I don't know how she made it through the song. It was her lot to sing right after Uncle Ken read the letter Grandma had written and requested to be read at her funeral.

The song was titled "If the Savior Stood Beside Me". Marilyn sang it beautifully. It was sweet and pure like Grandma. Right at the end she was overcome by emotion, due to her Uncle Ken sobbing behind her.

To me, it was the peak of the spirit of the meeting.

Following are the words:

If the Savior stood beside me,
would I do the things I do?
Would I think of His commandments
and try harder to be true?
Would I follow His example?
Would I live more righteously,
If I could see the Savior standing nigh,
watching over me?

If the Savior stood beside me,
would I say the things I say?
Would my words be true and kind
if He were never far away?
Would I try to share the gospel?
Would I speak more reverently
If I could see the Savior standing nigh,
watching over me?

He is always near me, though I do not see Him there
And because He loves me dearly, I am in His watchful care
So I'll be the kind of person that I know I'd like to be
If I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me.

I am blessed to have Marilyn in my life. She could sing this as her testimony because she lives the lyrics.

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