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A Poem
In Loving Memory of Annette Hallowanger Goodridge Murray-Floyd
A Mother’s Crown

Heaven lit up with a mighty presence,
As the angels all looked down.

Today the Lord was placing the jewels into my mother’s crown
He held up a golden crown, as my darling mother looked on.

He said in His gentle voice, “I will now explain each one.”
The first gem, is a Ruby, and it’s for endurance alone,
For all the nights you waited up for your children to come home.

For all the nights by their bedside, you stayed till the fever went down.
For nursing every little wound, I add this Ruby to your crown.

An Emerald, I’ll place by the Ruby for leading your children in the right way.
For teaching them lessons, that made them who they are today.
For always being right there, through all life’s important events.
I give you a Sapphire stone, for the time and love you spent.
For untying the strings that held them when they grew up and left home.

I give you this one for courage.
Then the Lord added a Garnet stone.
I’ll place a stone of Amethyst, he said for all the times
You spent on your knees,
When you asked if I’d take care of your children and then for having
Faith in me.

I have a Pearl for every little sacrifice that
You made without them knowing
For all the times you went without to keep them
Happy, healthy and growing;
And last of all I have a Diamond, the greatest one of all,
For sharing unconditional love whether they were big or small.
It was your love that helped them grow feeling
Safe and happy and proud;
A love so strong and pure, it could shift the darkest cloud.

After the Lord placed the last jewel in, He said
Your crown is now complete; you’ve earned your place in Heaven
With your children at your feet.
(By Unknown author)
Mommy, one year ago (June 4, 2017) you left us to be with your heavenly father. We have missed you so dearly; your love, your no nonsense attitude, honesty, compassion, passion and your faith;
As the song goes “I’ll always love my momma, for she’s my favorite girl-you only get one, you only get one- yeah!
We love you, but God loves you best,

Loving you always, your namesake, Annette C. Murray for the family!