With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Caroline Catherine

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Caroline Catherine

Our family lost an incredible person this week.
Our Mom passed away.   
we all echo the words of my niece...

"...all i keep thinking is that (as ridiculous as it sounds) I never imagined she'd pass. It's almost like a superhero passed away."

Beloved wife of the late Frank Walter. Loving mother of Carol, Frank and his wife Arlene, and Lorraine and her husband John. Grandmother of Christine, Thomas, Jonathan, Erin, Eva, Jill, Jamie, Andrew, Catherine, Toni, Alexander, Abbey and Suzanne. Great-Grandmother of Jared, Alexis, Julianna, Ryan, Keri, Maxwell, Noah, Brenna, Harrison, Silas, Shaela, Olivia, Caleb, Cambrie and Vivienne. Also survived by her sisters, Margaret and Rose. Predeceased by her brothers, Howard, William, Joseph, Charles, George, Raymond, Harry and sister Catherine.
 Mommy (Granny) Words
(I asked family and friends for a word or two that they would use to describe her) 
Affectionate, legendary
Affectionate thoughtful 
The best tooth-brusher on the planet
Affectionate – thoughtful.  Filled the world with tape dispensers!
Thoughtful…OCD (I mean that lovingly!!! Especially since I am too.
Creative story-teller
Giving, Spunky
Generous & entertaining
She could outfit an army with linens
Fun-loving and generous
Big-heart, attentive to details
Hard-worker and strong
Perfection in sewing, crocheting, knitting… oh, and cleaning
Didn’t like to cook but loved to eat
Loving and supportive
Like an M&M ~ hard outer shell with a smooth soft center
Mindfulness and Tenacity.   Her thoughtfulness and her resolve are the most vivid traits that I think of when I remember Granny
 Strong and spirited.
Making filled turnover Christmas cookies is what first comes to mind
A lot of person in a small body
A character
Ornery, Piece-of-work and "Jell-O" (she made and gave Jell-O often)

Some photos of Mommy and me.
One of my favorite photos

 We were together for my birthday.
She had a great time and looked terrific.
The last time I saw my mom

We brought home her Bible and the above card was inside with these precious words in her own handwriting.
The above paper was in the pouch on the front of her Bible.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15


Anonymous said...

A beautiful tribute to your Mom, Lorraine. I offer my deepest sympathy in your loss. Thank you for sharing these sweet pictures with us. God bless you and your family. Mildred

Glaucia said...

I'm really sorry for your loss, my sympathy for you and your family. Beautiful homage you did, she looked like a wonderful person, and may i say i can see where your ellegance come from? How charming and ellegant she was... A warm hug from a distant friend in Brasil.

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- I am so sorry that your beloved Mom has passed over. We know that she is in a glorious new place but it is still hard to imagine the "old place" without her, isn't it? God bless you and your family as you go through the upcoming days and weeks and months.

This is just a wonderful tribute to her, Lorraine. I know she would be happy to see you celebrating her life even as you mourn her death. Prayers and love for you- Diana

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

So sorry to hear this Lorraine. Love the things you found in her Bible. May God bless you and give you much wisdom with all the decisions you have ahead of you.

Sandy said...

My deepest heartfelt sympathy,
Lorraine, to you and your sweet
family. This is a beautiful
tribute to your lovely mother.
What comfort it must give to
know how she loved Jesus and
that now she is with Him!!
Love & Prayers,

Lynn said...

Lorraine, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious mother. I had tears as I looked at all the love flowing through the priceless pictures. What a blessed treasure you found in her Bible in her handwriting. Knowing she is with the Lord and you will be with her again gives you peace. Now let Him give you the strength in the coming days and weeks. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

marie said...

You put together a lovely tribute for your mother. I'm so glad you have that last photo with her...you both look beautiful and so very happy!

What a treasure to have that card of roses with Caroline's sweet words on it! I just know that there must be rejoicing going on in Heaven today!

You remain in my prayers - I'll be praying the Lord fills you with His peace my friend!

Shelia said...

Oh, Lorraine! I'm so sorry to hear this and I know your heart is breaking. My prayers go out to you and your family. What precious pictures of your dear mother with her family and you! She must have been a remarkable lady.
Shelia ;)

Pam said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. (((HUGS))) That really is a lovely tribute to your mom. I'm in tears as I'm typing this! Your mom sounded like a remarkable woman. And it is so comforting to know what love your mom had for Jesus Christ and that she is with Him. May you have peace with this knowledge. My prayers are with you.

podso said...

So sorry for your loss, Lorraine. There is just nothing like mom and having her pass so unexpectedly makes it even more difficult. I know you are thrilled about her new life, but you still miss her. My sympathy ... and may God's precious peace fill you.


what a lovely tribute to your beautiful mother, like daughter. I just shed some tears for you Lorraine, I'm very sorry, mothers are so special and you're right, I have my 81 year old mom I too think she's never going to die. You will have such wonderful memmories she's left you with your beautiful and large family as legacy. My sympathy to you and yours and may God give you the strength you need to endure this. Hugs, FABBY

Buttercup said...

All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm sorry I never met her, but am so glad to see the photos and hear the beautiful stories of your family. What a lovely family and daughter she gave to us! Blessings and thanks.

Trisha said...

I am so, so sorry about your Mom. Such pain is fresh in my heart, too, after having my Dad die not even three months ago. May you know His peace that passes all understanding. I'm so glad you have such beautiful memories of your Mom. What a comfort they will be in the days ahead. Praying for you.

Maryann said...

Beautiful tribute Lorraine, I am so sorry for your lose.

Leann said...

Oh Lorraine I am soo sorry to hear about your Mum. your beautiful family is a living tribute to her memory.

May beautiful memories flood your heart.

Gentle hugs and prayers for you and your family.


Julie said...

So sorry for your loss! I was thinking of you earlier this week when I was reading blogs and didn't see a post. Blessings to you and your family!

Lallee said...

Lorraine, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. What a lovely woman she was. May God comfort you and your family with his abundant grace and love.

Flourchild said...

Thank you for sharing all the wonderful things we have to look fwd to in Heaven! I am teary eyed as I write this because I no I will lose my parents one day and the thought breaks my heart. I love your pictures of your mom and the last one of you and her is my favorite. Im praying for you.

Lady Farmer said...

"Weeping will endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning." I'm so sorry, Lorraine, for the pain you feel now with the passing of your dear mother, but how joyous to know that you will spend eternity with her in Heaven with Jesus!
I have been praying for you, thinking there was some great trouble with 'Irene' but I see I was praying for a differnt kind of comfort.
Still praying.
Be Blessed, my friend!

Maggie Ann said...

I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. What a comfort that she is with the Lord. May Jesus comfort and strengthen you and your family....I know he will, he is ever near. And nearer yet in times of heartache.

I have always liked the verse you posted....Psalm 116:15 for it is so true. Your pictures & tribute of your Mom are wonderful...she would surely like your post so much! Praying for you & your family just now.

Laurie said...

The light of heaven shines even brighter with the glorious arrival of your beautiful mother, Lorraine. I am sorry for your loss, and I know you are comforted by the fact that you will see her again someday. Your tribute to her is just beautiful, and I am praying that the arms of God may comfort you and your loved ones who now miss her so.
With hugs and love,

Petra said...

Oh, dearest Lorraine, my deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort during this difficult time. Your mom was beautiful in so many ways! What a special tribute you've put together here. What comfort to have found the confirmation of her love of Jesus. Grace, love, and many hugs.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing.
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
What a beautiful and heart felt tribute to your Mom.


Dayle said...

Dear Lorraine,

My heart is heavy for you, on the passing of your mom. I can't imagine your grief, but I know God will be there to comfort you in the days ahead. You've written a lovely and loving tribute, and the photos are simply wonderful.

May you be strenghtened by the memories you have of your mother.

Kind regards,

George the Lad said...

Sorry to hear your mom has passed on, our thoughts are with you.
Love and Hugs George and Jan xx

Niki said...

how blessed you are to have such a mum, and secure in the knowledge that you will see her again!
May He comfort and strengthen you during the coming days, and give you His Peace.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My heartfelt condolences, Lorraine! I know how hard it is to lose a mother so I understand what you are going through.

What wonderful, joyful photos! Fill your heart with those happy memories.

The Fajdich Times said...

I feel your sadness. My condolences to you and your family. The memories will comfort you in the future. Your Mother will always remain in your heart.

deb mills said...

i am so sorry for your loss, lorainne. this land of blogging is so interesting to me, in that you come to feel a connection with someone you've never even met. with your strong love for family, home and the Lord, i like to think we'd be good friends if we lived in the same community. please know that you and your family will be in my prayers. your mom must have been a lovely person. she raised a lovely daughter.

corners of my life said...

What a blessing to have all these wonderful photos. You will treasure your memories. Losing your mom is one of the toughest things ever. There is no one that loves you like a mom does or cares about every piece of your life. I am so sorry.

LisaInCT said...

Oh! So sorry to hear this news. I know your heart is breaking. May you and your family find strength and comfort at this time.

Debbie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute you have written for her. Her life sounds like it was full and wonderful. My prayers are with you and your whole family at this time. HUGS, Debbie

Atelier de Charo said...

So sorry about your lost my friend, my prayers are with you! A lovely tribute.

Big Hugs

Mimi said...

A beautiful tribute to your Mama. The pictures tell such a wonderful story of a family filled with love. Just looking at them brought back so many memories of my parents ~ with only the faces substituted, they could have have been pictures of us. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with and your family.

Ann said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. That is a lovely tribute to your mom.

Sue said...

My Dear Precious Friend I am so sorry for your loss, And what a beautiful tribute to such a lovely "lady".

The "What we know about Heaven" is priceless.
Thank you so much for sharing your heart,Dh and I will be praying for you and your family.

Heather said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I can see she will be missed very much!! I loved all the pictures you put up such a beautiful tribute it is just fantastic. I will pray for you and your family ~So sorry Lorraine...Love Heather

Viv said...

Lorraine, I am so sorry to hear this news...and I am thankful that God has blessed your family with such a beautiful/thoughtful woman (love the M&M description!) in your lives. And what a great reminder about the wonderful things about heaven that we know are real and TRUE. i hope you're very encouraged and comforted by these truth during this difficult time!

teacupsandpoodles said...

Dear Lorraine,

Just wanted to say my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. Such a beautiful post about her and all the love in your family. I know she lives on through you. Blessings and thank you for all you share on your beautiful blog.

Mary Ann

Michele@A Quiet Gracious Life said...

Oh Lorraine, I am just seeing this post today and I want to express my deepest, most heart-felt sympathy on the loss of your mom. Your tribute to her is just beautiful....


Debbie Kay said...


I read your post and rejoiced with you in spirit. Your mother is home now with The Lord who gave her life, she will dwell in His house forever. Praise God for a beautiful life.

With love in Jesus name,

Debbie Kay

Jen said...

So sorry to hear of your loss and what a wonderful tribute to your Mom.


Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Oh Lorraine, I am so sorry for your loss. Even with our trust in the Lord and knowledge of heaven, the loss is incredible until we meet again. Your family is my prayers. Patty

Adrienne said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dear mother! I've been praying for you since I first heard of your loss. May God hold you close as you walk the road ahead. Knowing she is with Jesus gives peace - and knowing you will see her again some day gives hope!

Patti said...

What a beautiful and loving tribute to your mom. Your photo collages were a joy to look at.

My deepest sympathies on your loss. May the Lord's promise of eternal life bring peace and comfort to you as you grieve.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Lorraine, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. You are so fortunate to have so many wonderful photos and such great memories. Wishing you peace and comfort during this time. Best wishes to you and yours, Tammy

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww, my heart aches for you all. She was a blessing to everyone I'm sure. Yep, you never think they'll leave us behind, but they do and we truly miss them. The best thing I can think of for your family is to remember the good times and her smiles!! You'll always have her in memory!!!

Bless your heart.

Anonymous said...

My very deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. What a wonderful tribute to your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Dear LDH...I just read about your Mom. Oh my goodness, Lorraine. What a terrible loss.

May all the beautiful memories you have of her sustain you during this time of sorrow.

We have but one mother and no one, NO ONE, can ever take her place.

My heart aches for you.

She sure has left a great legacy in you.

She will be with you when you create, when you explore, when you laugh, and when you cry. She will live within your heart forevermore on this earth. And she will wait for you until you meet again.

Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

centenniel said...

Was so sorry to learn of your mother's passing, Lorraine. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.... I really enjoyed the 'through the years' family photos, especially the last photo of you taken with your mother.
May she rest in peace.

Snap said...

Lorraine, I'm so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. What a beautiful, amazing woman! thank you so much for sharing some of your memories here with us. She'll always be with you. Wishing you and your family well.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am so sorry to read of you Mom's passing! Your tribute to her is very beautiful. The photo of her with your Dad at their wedding (your dad in uniform)looks almost exactly like my parents, so they must have been around the same age. That generation saw so much and were truly the "greatest generation." You Mom was so beautiful and seems so well loved. My deepest symparthy to you and your family. May she rest in peace. {{{Hugs}}}

Janice said...

That was a very special tribute to your Mom, loved seeing all the photos too. Hugs for you all.

Karen said...

I want to offer my sympathy in the passing of your precious Mother. Your tribute to her is very touching and inspiring. God bless and comfort you and your family.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I had extra minutes this morning and visited back through your latest posts. When I came to this meaningful post about your mother, it brought me to tears. What a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a very special lady. I don't ever remember a post affecting me like this one did. Thank you so much for sharing her life with us. So inspiring to me to keep pressing on.

Lee Caroline said...

God just answered my question. I was brought to your blog today through another blog I am a member of, I think it was a link. I lost my mother less than a month ago when she passed away from cancer at 86. I was wondering today about heaven as I am a Christian and then I suddenly was lead to your blog and then lead again to this post and there are the questions and wondering's I had about heaven on your mothers list.

Thank you God, and thank you for your blog and thanks to your mum too as I believe there is a reason for everything and today I was meant to read this. I have tears in my eyes, I miss my mum so much but I pray one day I will be with her and my dad in heaven.

Lee x


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