Do you remember that Smiling, Always upbeat face, sitting in her scooter on the crosswalk of Johnson Avenue, at entrance to the beach of Cape Canaveral?
With that Auburn Red hair, and dark almost leather tanned skin, from love of soaking up the Sun’s rays almost every day.
Babe loved Jesus Christ, and always bounced back. When she broke many bones 3 or 4 years ago putting up Christmas Decorations after falling from a stool or ladder, at around the age of 90, or just shy of, Babe beat all the odds that her Doctors and Therapists said about the likelihood of her recovering 🙂
Babe not only recovered, but in less than 6 months, her friend Dan drove her to the beach each day, and She was back in her motorized chair soaking up the rays, reading her paper and magazines, and always happy to talk to any surfers or beachgoers headed to the sand. She and her late Husband Paul, owned the bowling alley years ago on SR 520 in Cocoa Beach, for those of you that might remember that.
Babe beat the odds in many ways. She was once, caught up in a Tornado, and lifted up high into the sky, as I understand it, and she was graciously placed back down. I may add to this brief story of our friend, should I learn anything new today.
Her husband Paul, passed away in 2010, and Babe decided to embrace life another 5 or 6 years.
Whenever I went for my jog on the beach, or to do a surf session at the end of the street, Babe was always enthusiastic about whatever it was you were doing. She loved people, and she loved life. Even amidst the many challenges and tragedies that she faced throughout her life, she was always smiling, and a deep smile, not a quick placed one.
Her funeral is today, at 11 AM at Christ Lutheran Church. She will be missed here in Cape Canaveral. She has already been missed at the beach, and at church, as she has been in permanent care this last year, as her body started winding down.
I think it’s kind of awesome, that Babe’s Memorial service is also on the 30 year anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Babe was very loved, and I do wish I had spend time seeing her in therapy, but , her memory will be a nice offset for the Space Shuttle loss.
Pastor Greg said the last words that he heard out of her mouth, was that she loved Jesus, and she did, she made that very clear 🙂
Those words about Christ were I believe, the last words she shared. <><