Friday, February 21, 2014

~FIRST DAY IN HEAVEN~

William Edgar Elliott
March 4, 1930 - February 20, 2014

My beloved father went home to be with Jesus early yesterday evening after more than a decade long battle with dementia.  Although our hearts are broken, we rejoice he is now in heaven encircled by those who have passed on before him and the God he has loved so much.
To those of you who have shared in my heartbreak over the years, read my writings, sent notes, left comments, made visits, etc., I can't begin to thank you.  Your kindness to me and my family has helped forged friendships that will last a lifetime.
Please pray for us as we plan the going-home-celebration of my daddy's life.  It is our hope and deepest desire to make him proud.

Love,

63 comments:

Pondside said...

There are, I just know, arms open wide to welcome your dear father to heaven. Thinking of you as you prepare to celebrate his life.

Simple Pleasure said...

Rebecca
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved father. It is a heartfelt joy to learn how much love the two of you shared over the years...such a blessing. As you prepare for services, keep in mind that you have always made him proud...and he knows this!
With continued prayers,
Patricia

Terri Gordon said...

Dear Rebecca, I am so sorry, it is so hard, I know loosing my father a month ago. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Terri

Julie Marie said...

Oh sweet Rebecca... I am saddened, yet have a feeling of calm for all of you now that your sweet daddy has gone home... please please always know he is still your same, sweet daddy... that will never change... just a bit farther away now in Heaven... yet always with you in your heart... and he is very proud of his little girl and through the years I have felt the love you have for him in every word you have written... you will miss him terribly... my daddy has been gone 7 years this Thanksgiving... it seems like forever since he hugged me, yet other times I know without a doubt he has his arm around my shoulders right that moment... sending all my love and prayers for all of you... Julie Marie

La Vie Quotidienne said...

My prayers and sympathy are with you.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Becky, I am so very sorry. My heart and thoughts and prayers go out to you over the miles. There is nothing you could do that would not make your daddy proud. I know the funeral will be perfect.

In sympathy and love,

xoxoxoxo

Sheila

Thistle Cove Farm said...

My sincere condolences and best wishes on planning a Home Going Celebration that brings happiness among the sorrow.

Theresa said...

Heaven is sweeter today with your precious Daddy there! Whole again and walking the streets of Gold! Love you my dear Rebecca! I will be praying for you and your Family as you celebrate your Daddy's life. You will see him again:) Hugs and prayers coming your way!

Stitches said...

Special prayers and thoughts are with you and yours today. I know what a long journey your Dad has had to finally be with Jesus. My heartfelt sympathy....

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh Rebecca, my deepest sympathy. One star will be brighter in the heavens for you now. Sending love, prayers and hoping peace for you and your family. Hug your mother. Gods Blessings

lynn cockrell said...

My heart goes out to you in your loss. I still miss my wonderful father, though he went to be with our Heavenly Father many years ago. Isn't it beautiful to know that he is now in heaven, celebrating with Jesus, and that he can praise Him all the time, because he has been made new again? What a beautiful consolation!

NanaDiana said...

I can only say I am so so so sorry, Rebecca, but yet with a kind of rejoicing that he is beyond all pain and suffering. Dementia already "took him" in a way-as it did with my Mom. I understand what you are feeling- xo Diana

Shirley said...

You know you are in my heart and prayers today. It is sad, but he doesn't have to suffer anymore. It is always hard,in time the pain will become easier for all of you. It was that way when I lost my dad many years ago. God is there with us every step of the way as you well know. Take care. Many Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

jeanniemc said...

Sweet memories for your family and prayers for strength, comfort and peace..How Great Is Our God...

Hugs, Jeannie

jeanniemc said...

Sweet memories for your family and prayers for strength, comfort and peace..How Great Is Our God...

Hugs, Jeannie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I am praising the Lord for his testimony....and I KNOW you and your family have and will do him proud!

Lisa said...

So so sorry for your loss Rebecca. I know you will plan a beautiful and meaningful celebration for your sweet dad.

Trisha said...

So sorry about your loss Rebecca. May you find comfort and peace in your heart through all of this. Sending lots of love and prayers your way.

~Trisha

Curtains in My Tree said...

This is always such a hard time in our life's to let go of our precious parents.
There is no words I can say to comfort you other than what you have already said, about your Dad joining in heaven with others who have gone on before him.

May peace come to you

Teresa said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers for healing and comfort for you and your family.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Dearest Rebecca,

My heart is reaching out to you in sympathy and prayer. Sounds like your beloved dad made a peaceful transition into Heaven. He is looking down on you with a big smile, and he is so very proud of you all. He will be watching over you now and forever until you are reunited once again.

Love to you,
Debbie xxoo

Jonell Harrison said...

God Bless and keep you- I am right there with you in relating to the grief..It is my Husband of 54+ years that was buried 6 months ago Today. I am so sorry you had to deal with this sadness for such a long time! Our's was more than a year but no issue of dementia-just Cancer. If your Mother is ever interested you might direct her to my blog with related posts placed randomly starting in mid 2012 -now. I sense that she like myself has the comfort and wise counsel of loved ones.Particularly for a wife which is the only experience I have..This is a New World for her.

Mari said...

Rebecca my sweet friend so sorry for your lost, sending much hugs and prayers your way, I know your taking comfort that he is at peace with our Lord and suffers no more.

Strong hugs my sweet friend~
Mari

gadawn57 said...

My deepest condolences for your loss and your family's loss with the passing of your father.
GaDawn57

Maggie said...

Your precious dad's earthly suffering is over and he is settling into his Heavenly home... May knowing this bring you comfort and strength. Sending love and condolences your way, Rebecca.
Xoxo,
Maggie

Sherri B. said...

Dear Rebecca, please know that you have been in my prayers and will continue to be as you move through this difficult time of planning for the going-home-celebration of your dear daddy. Even though you know that he has gone on to his 'reward' and you will see him again someday..there is still a hurt that only our sweet Jesus can heal.
Big hugs to you...you will be in my prayers and heart. xxoo

Sue said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but thankful your father is with our Heavenly Father. For that is the hope of the Christian. What a blessed hope in that you will see him again one day.

I will pray for you in the days ahead, because even having said the above, grieving is a real issue and there will be those days when the sadness comes in an overwhelming flood. But God's grace proves sufficient even in our grief. His mercies are truly new each morning.

You have my prayers.
Sue

36OldsGal said...

So sorry for your loss. He is with other angels now.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Praying ((HUG)) ♥

Donna said...

Prayers for you all!
Hugs,
Donna

Mom E. said...

Rebecca,
Hugs to comfort sent your way...I miss my Father. The 22 anniversary of his death is in just a few days. You never stop missing them, and the first few years are the most difficult. Write down all your good memories, they help so much. Hey, now your Dad can meet MY parents!
hugs,
Betsy

White Lace and Promises said...

The days ahead will be the hardest. The homegoing celebration will be bittersweet. If like daddy's, there will lots of tears, but mostly tears of joy and memories of a life well lived. There was much praise and worship as the choir sang and our praise team led in Light of that City. My heart hurts for you. God will give you grace and you'll be able to rejoice that he is whole with a clear mind in the arms of Jesus. The days ahead will be hard and you relive every moment. Don't let the enemy put doubts and regrets in your mind. Just let Jesus comfort and give you peace. Prayers for you my friend.

Jen said...

Sending prayers your way for you and your family for the days to come.

Take care
Jeannette (( ))

Marilyn Stevens said...

God holds you in his loving arms....
Marilyn

sissie said...

Dearest Rebecca,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Father.

hugs
Sissie

Judy said...

Rebecca and family, I am so sorry for you that he had to go from your life here on earth but what rejoicing that is going on in heaven as he sees his Jesus face to face!!!!! He no longer has dementia that took him away long ago and he is in no more pain. He will always be with you in your heart and you will join him someday....what else can we ask for? Draw upon the strength that only comes from the Lord. Much love to you all. Judy

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing...it is difficult to lose a loved one especially a parent...you have my deepest sympathies and prayers.

God Bless You
Linda K, Railroad

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and sending hugs.

Abby

joanne said...

God speed, and the angels sing and the heavens dance...blessings to you and your family Becca.

One Shabby Old House said...

We never stop being Daddy's little girl and I think that is what is so hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless
Becky

Jeannie B. said...

I am so sorry about your fathers passing. I know you will miss him dearly.

Debby Ray said...

Rebecca, there aren't really any right words to say at a time like this except that I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to loose a loved one, especially a parent...I have lost both of mine. Your daddy seemed like a wonderful man. God be with you and your family as you honor his memory.

Blessings,
Debby

Melissa Bishop said...

I'm so sorry for your loss but so glad he is finally home with Jesus. Hugs, and prayers to you all!

Victorian1885 said...

Dearest Rebecca
Please feel the love & prayer I am sending your way as you share your memories of your Daddy these coming days & weeks.
Take care of yourself & your beautiful Family...

Hugs,
Wanda

Minnie In NYC said...

Hug your sweet mother and tell her your blog friends send prayers of comfort and dear Rebecca there are so many hugs for you and all of your family. He is wrapped in Jesus's arms and so happy. God bless each of you every day.

Shelia said...

Oh, Rebecca! I'm so sorry to hear this. I rejoice with you that he is with Jesus now, whole and well, but at the same time my heart breaks for you and your family. Sweet friend, I really know how you feel as I lost my little mother last October. It is so comforting to know we'll see our loved ones again one day but it's so hard to live on this earth without them. Cherish those sweet memories of your daddy and you and your family are in my prayers.
Blessings,
Shelia

Lululiz said...

I wish I could give you a real hug. You and your family will be in my thoughts a lot over the next days and weeks. Sending you love and wishes for many memories of happier days with your beloved father.

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Dear Rebecca,
Sweet release and relief. No more pain and confusion. Your Daddy is resting comfortably now. Please take care of yourself and your Momma and your family. Find solace in your creative projects.
Love and hugs, Laura

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Sending love and prayers your way...I know your father will be very missed...xo

Trisha said...

God Bless you, Rebecca, our prayers are with you. Trisha

Char said...

I was so sorry Rebecca to hear of your father's passing. I know that your family's heart is breaking. You have such a strong faith and know that this is goodbye from this earth, but you will see each other again in a beautiful place. I hope you find healing and peace in your broken heart.
God Bless you sweet one,
Char

Frankie R. said...

So very sorry for your loss; and will pray for your family, especially your Mother. Thank God for the blessed hope of seeing your Dad again. While it doesn't take away that sting, it lessens the pain. May God comfort each of you as only He can; and may you feel and know the prayers and love your friends are sending your way.

Frances

Christy Buchanan said...

May the God of peace comfort you and your family dear Rebecca, as only He knows how. Prayers and love sent your way, Christy

Di said...

My sweetest thoughts for you and family. I know how it hurts and is a blessing. Your dad looks like a sweetheart. I sure miss my dad. Hold close to your good memories. Hugs, Di

TinaTx said...

Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Judy Griffin said...

Dearest Rebecca...My heart is sad for you and your family! Lifting you all in prayer! There is comfort knowing they are in the arms of Jesus! Judy

Blessed Serendipity said...

Rebecca,
Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God's loving peace and love be a source of comfort for you at this difficult time. So sorry.

blessings,
Danielle

Glamour Girls said...

Wishing you and your family comfort during this difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sending love and prayers my sweet Rebecca...

xoxoxo
Spencie

Carolyn said...

Oh my dear sweet Rebecca!! I have been so busy writing letters to my daughters to prepare for what is ahead that I haven't visited for so long!! I am tears for you and also your sweet sweet momma!! I know it hurts and I feel the pain in your words. May God give you all strength and courage!! Love to you, my sweet friend!! xoxoxo Carolyn

aarond said...

I understand just how you feel Rebecca. I lost my Dad 16 years ago and I still cry today. Tears are good though, but also memories and laughter when we talk about him. My thoughts are with you at this time in your life.

CatieAn said...

I am sorry to hear your father has passed away. I lost my own father 9 years ago and I still miss him every day. There is a special love between daughters and dads and aren't we the more blessed for it? Big Hugs and prayers.

Balista said...

oh rebecca i am so sorry for passing your dad. My deepest condolences are with you.