|Lester and Thelma Shipley|
When she passed away in her sleep at the young age of 60, I was devastated! How could I make it without Thelma? What a loss this was for so many in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Her memorial service was packed with lines of people long past the designated time...so many lives she touched.
I inherited a lot of her quilting stuff. One item was a quilt top she made that had not been finished into a quilt yet. I held on to this for several years before deciding to finish it and send it to Mercy Hospital Critical Care to allow Thelma to bless someone else. I debated on letting it go but decided Thelma would want it that way.
This week I received an email from the church office saying that the husband of the lady the quilt was given to wanted to return it (his wife had passed on.) I thought that was a bit strange and this was the first time since 1998 that a quilt was returned. I said I would pick it up Sunday but I wasn't sure what to do with it. I can't re-give a used quilt to the hospital. I thought I might bring it to Mohm's Place. But when I went to pick up the quilt and saw which quilt it was, I was in total awe.
|My quilt from heaven.|
I still miss you, Thelma, but can't wait to tell you quilt stories in heaven of how our efforts have touched so many and to thank you for touching me like you have.