Saying goodbye to a wonderful friend

We were all set to visit our friends in Washington DC today… but GOD had other plans. We were about 30 minutes into our trip when we got a call from our friend, Sue saying that her mom, whom we know and love too was doing poorly.

She has been in a medical facility where she’d been for a several months. We visited Betty J with her husband Lee our first week here. She didn’t seem so good then but did speak a little. She has had Parkinson’s for awhile now.

Betty was a RN and even worked at the facility where she now lay. It is so hard to see her like this, but she will soon be with her beloved Jesus. She also lost a daughter in an accident when the daughter was 4 1/2 years old. She will soon be seeing her again! In listening to Lee tell this story again, I couldn’t imagine how difficult it was. Well, her daughter also told me of other difficulties and tragedies that she had in her life.. it made me realize that I wish I could have more time to ask her how she dealt with all of this…But part of me knows! God helped them through all of it!

Betty is a sweet person and generally a quiet person as her husband was a talker, she used to say she didn’t have to talk! Parkinson’s has changed her pretty dramatically and it is hard for her husband and daughters and families to see her like this.

She and her husband have supported us in many ways over the years…they encouraged me as a teen and then Kent and I. Lee loved Kent because he was in aviation like he had been. They prayed for and with us, they hosted us for meals, they leant us a car when ours was in the shop for repairs, they drove us to New York to the airport, they drove us to Baltimore airport, Lee took Kent to an antique car show while we waited for our visas to be granted, they have financially supported us for years now as well! I am sure there are other ways too but these are some of the ways they have been vital to our ministry and life!

Their daughter and son-in-law have also supported us for most of our 40 years of ministry as I was in youth group with Sue and Kent knew them both and graduated with them from Bible College many years ago.

So we have a strong emotional and spiritual connection with this whole family! In some ways, I feel a little bit like losing my mom again in Betty passing into eternity. I am sooo very grateful that we saw her two weeks ago and then to spend some hours with the family today.. what a treat for us! Just to be there at the bedside to try to encourage and be of help and to pray!

Thank you for sharing your lives with us, Betty J and Lee. Thanks Betty for being the sweet godly woman to a teen like I was who had no idea of the Christian life and marriage.. thanks Betty for the kindnesses you and Lee have shown us over the years!

I know you will be fine in heaven..and your body no longer will hurt and your mind won’t be confused anymore…for that we are all grateful! But we will miss you so much!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

One Response to “Saying goodbye to a wonderful friend”

  1. Cheryl Brubaker Says:

    Any news on Betty Jane??

    On Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 3:17 PM Roaming Reimer’s Blog wrote:

    > RoamingReimers posted: “We were all set to visit our friends in Washington > DC today… but GOD had other plans. We were about 30 minutes into our trip > when we got a call from our friend, Sue saying that her mom, whom we know > and love too was doing poorly. She has been in a medi” >

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