To my son Tommy,
Our next door neighbor, Mrs. Gloria, had been sick for some time. She had been hospital bound for the majority of the past year. She had been a constant and recurring member in our nightly prayers.
I doubt there was a day that went by that her husband, Mr. J.D., didn't spend with her even through all the trips in and out of the hospital and dialysis or wherever the doctors had her. He'd come home from visiting her, catch a quick nap at best, head off to work, and then back to the hospital. His love and service to his wife was an amazing inspiration on how to love, no matter how hard the struggle.
Mrs. Gloria was a good person and easy to love. She was kind and thoughtful and she would always ask about you and your mom. She earned a special place in our hearts and vice versa.
The level of sacrifice and dedication Mr. J.D. showed to his wife has been an example to me. Though I do not wish for the same circumstances to prove it, I hope that I can live my life loving as strongly and fiercely as Mr. J.D. Sadly Mrs. Gloria passed away. She will remain in our prayers. Our condolences go out to Mr. J.D. and her family.
God, please give rest to Mrs. Gloria after her long illness on this earth. Accept her into your merciful arms and send comfort to her husband Mr. J.D. and those of us who mourn and grieve her death. We ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.
Sincerely with love from your dad,