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Happy Birthday Ruthie Leming

(L to R) Tori Percy, Mel Percy, Abby Temple Cochran, Rae Lynne Thomas [1]

(L to R) Tori Percy, Mel Percy, Abby Temple Cochran, Rae Lynne Thomas

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From The Little Way of Ruthie Leming [2]:

If you had driven past the Starhill Cemetery late one hot night in May, you might have seen strange shadows lingering around a grave in the bottom under the hill. After a year-end meeting at school, Abby Temple Cochran, Ashley Harvey, Karen Barron, Jennifer Bickham, Tori Percy, and Rae Lynne Thomas came to be with Ruthie on her birthday. They called Mike, who met them there. They opened a bottle of wine, poured six glasses, and drank to the memory of their brown-eyed girl. There, where all the dead of Starhill are gathered round, they laughed and told stories, and remembered the good times. Had you been there on that night under the live oaks and the crape myrtles, you would have seen that even from the grave, Ruthie Leming bestows life on those who are willing to receive it.

That night was the evening of May 15, 2012, what would have been Ruthie’s 43rd birthday. Abby texted me just now the image above, of four friends sitting on Ruthie’s grave this evening (hence the poor resolution), drinking wine and remembering their friend. Such good people. Such a good place.

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5 Comments To "Happy Birthday Ruthie Leming"

#1 Comment By Giuseppe Scalas On May 16, 2016 @ 4:44 am

Until someone will wake in prayer by a casket or will conversate with a beloved dead by a sepulcher, all will not be lost.

#2 Comment By JonF On May 16, 2016 @ 5:58 am

Memory Eternal for your sister!

#3 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On May 16, 2016 @ 8:59 am

I’ll pray for your sister, but I don’t think she needs it. She sounds like a great person!

#4 Comment By JonF On May 16, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

On a personal note, if I may be permitted a brief thread-jack, today is the 40th anniversary of my mother’s passing (she succumbed to cancer when I was a child). Yesterday I did a luncheon in memory of my parents at church, my father having been gone from us for 25 years. when I mentioned this plan here a while back another poster advised me to also see about having a proper panahida (memorial) done for them in church if the priest was willing (there us some debate over doing this service for deceased who are non-Orthodox). I did exactly this and feel good about also having the prayers done for them. It will however be a good long while I take it on myself to before I cook lunch for an entire congregation again!
Rod, if I may ask, what is the rule in your church? Could you have a panahida for Ruthie or your father?

[NFR: I don’t know, Jon. I’ll ask. — RD]

#5 Comment By Darth Thulhu On May 16, 2016 @ 11:14 pm

May God guide and illumine her in all the worlds to come.