Sunday, March 25, 2012

Season of Loss

There are many seasons in our lives and it seems for our family this has been a season of loss.  Back in November we lost my daddy's youngest brother, Uncle Jack, shortly after he and Aunt Ada lost their son, Barry.  Then in January, we lost my mother's sister, Aunt Bernice.  

This week we lost our dear Aunt Frances, my daddy's last sibling.  It's hard to think all daddy's siblings are gone now.....and daddy.....a new generation are the elders of the family. 

Aunt Frances lived a long life.  It seems she was a well of information, especially about our family.  You could ask her any question about any one of the many of us and she knew their story.  Even the Sunday before she died, when my brother and two sisters and I went to see her, she knew who we were and asked about mama.  I think that's pretty incredible at 96!

Our Cmama, her mother, always lived with Aunt Frances and Uncle Wilkie and their children Ellen and Claire.  They lived just around the corner from our church and we could walk over after a service.  I guess we did sometimes, my memory isn't the best anymore.  I do remember going for Sunday lunches where all us kids were delighted to drink iced tea!  We didn't get tea at home, only milk, so tea was a real treat!  

When my daddy married my mama, they lived with them for a while too.....along with Uncle Jack who was the youngest of the siblings.  Must have been interesting around that house! 

Here's Aunt Frances on her 95th Birthday with her two daughters Claire and Ellen.  They have faithfully cared for their mother and been right at her side.



This is a picture of a picture of Aunt Frances with Ellen as a baby.

 Just a few of the thousands many cousins and Aunt Evelyn.  Seriously, there are a lot of us.

Aunt Frances was a real southern lady with a very pronounced Georgia drawl accent that was lovely.  One word in particular was mayonnaise.....she pronounced it myonaise.  

This is mama and Aunt Frances at mama's birthday party last September.  


Below is Aunt Frances with her brothers and sister and their mother, our Cmama.  There were two more sisters who died as young children.

Mama is the last of her siblings and Aunt Evelyn and Aunt Ada along with mama are the last of the sister's in law.  We deeply miss all those who have gone before us, but know they are all together once again.


I was thinking about this song as I have been remembering those who have gone on.....


This world is not my home I'm just passing through
my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
the angels beckon me from Heaven's open door
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore


They're all expecting me and that's one thing I know
my savior pardoned me and now I onward go
I know He'll take me through though I am weak and poor
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore

Just up in Glory Land we'll live eternally
the Saints on every hand are shouting victory
their song of sweetest praise drifts back from Heaven's shore
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore

O Lord you know I have no friend like you
if Heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do?
the angels beckon me from Heaven's open door
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore.


In loving memory of Frances Duncan Jennings
1915 - 2012









11 comments:

Keetha Broyles said...

Yes, we are at that age where we are losing all our aunts and uncles, aren't we?

My dad was one of 13 siblings - - - only 5 still living.

Mom was one of 9, only 2 still living.

Needled Mom said...

She sounds like an amazing woman who did her job well as she passed through this world. You have certainly had your share of losses lately. I hope that you will have a bit of a break for awhile.

Please know that I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Cathy said...

This is an absolutely beautiful post. My dear sister, you have a gift with words!! Thank you for writing what all of us feel. We have been truly blessed to have our Aunt Frances along with all the rest of this large, loving family...........We will celebrate her long life in a few days and never forget all that she meant to each and every one of us.

GranAnn said...

I have good memories of Frances and Wilkie and Claire and Ellen. And I enjoyed reading your reflections Nancy.

GranAnn said...

I have good memories of Frances and Wilkie and Claire and Ellen. And I enjoyed reading your reflections Nancy.

Craziness abounds said...

One of my favorite songs. I'm sorry about your loss but we both know if she was saved she is in Heaven right now singing with God and much happier than we are. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What an amazing woman Aunt Frances was. So sorry for your loss. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. ((HUGS))

Auntie Bliss said...

Awww...sorry for you...sweet memories last longer than sweet tea, thankfully!

UnicycleRose said...

I had a Great Frances and she sounds like yours. A blessing!What a sweet tribute to her life!

debi said...

Heaven's a happier place! I'm sorry for your loss. I like to think of the reunion we will have one day!

Hugs and Love!!

LBDDiaries said...

I remember that song. I'm down to one Aunt now, on dad's side. Everyone else died one right after the other in the past few years. It's strange, for sure, to realize WE are the older generation now.