|Photo by: Elena Prokofyeva|
When thinking about Fran's legacy, there are so many things that I could include. The three things that stand out to me about her life are her relationship with her husband, the way she raised her children and her faith.
I loved hearing about Fran and Fred's relationship. They met one day in an elevator at work and that led to an almost seventy-year relationship. They were loving and caring towards each other throughout their lives. I remember seeing them hug each other at church and I would smile and hope that I will still hug my husband so lovingly at her age. She supported her husband in his career through her administrative skills and I'm sure with emotional support as well. They seemed to truly have a partnership, that which good marriages are built on. She and Fred were an example to us all of what marriage should be.
Secondly, Fran did an amazing job raising her children and being a part of her grandchildren's lives. They shared that she was very involved in their lives and hobbies, never missing a play or ballgame. She also made sure to celebrate each milestone and made their birthdays and holidays very special. She cared for each one and shared with them her faith.
Fran grew up in the Presbyterian church and began teaching Sunday school at age 16. I was amazed to learn that she continued teaching it for over 30 years! One can only imagine how many children's lives she touched. Her faith gave her a positive attitude and an excitement about life. She wanted to share it lovingly with those around her.
In describing Fran, the words to "The Old Rugged Cross" come to mind: "I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown." I can picture Fran up there in heaven, dancing with Fred and wearing a beautiful crown with many-colored stones.
May we all seek to be a little more like Fran.