Please Read This Blog – It’s Not Often I Write To Ask But A Prayer Chain Needs To Start

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This is not a story I have read about on Facebook or some other social media sharing site. It is not a story that needs to be shared to get ‘likes’ or retweets in fact it is not just a story at all.
This is a true story that as you read you, may not believe that one family can endure tragedy after tragedy. One of which would be the demise of most of us. Yet they have endured and only because of one thing Faith and that Everlasting Love and Peace that passes all understanding and  only comes from above. From a Heavenly Father who holds each of us as a mother holds a newborn baby. With utter love, a protective hand and a love that cannot be fathomed.
We met the amazing O’Neill family over 17 years ago and what an amazing family! Gorgeous mom Anna her breath takingingly beautiful daughters Colleen and Merle and the handsome and kind Gorwyn and their son, Quinton.
After many holidays together and lots of family time we grew to all love each other – parents having fun and the ‘kids’ even more!
The first tragedy struck when Colleen, at 21 possibly one of the most beautiful girls I have known, was killed in a car accident on the way to Durban. The family still stood strong and united amazing us all.. Next the equally lovely (inside) and gorgeous Merle married her wonderful sweetheart. They were blessed with a son, wise beyond his years with a heart of gold, Conner. A little while passed and in this fairytale was no happy ending, Clint had an embolism whilst Braaing for his family and passed away. I will never forget Merle saying at his funeral ” she thanked God that even though she had her sister and husband for such a short period of time they were the most special gifts anyone could ever have asked for, and she was not angry because of this- yes tears! After losing so much she was still just grateful for having had them in her life.
A few years passed and Gorwyn became ill will Cancer. With his Faith ( he used to sing in the hospital room about praises and his savior) we never thought he would not survive and yet God wanted this amazing man by His right side in Heaven and sadly just a few months later Gorwyn passed away.
Anna, the whole reason for this blog, is one of the most incredible, ladylike, loyal and beautiful woman I know. She is now fighting a tough battle against Cancer. Her situation is not good as she is not in a good financial position and in her early 60’s has to go and sit at the Johannesburg Gen for hours at a time waiting for someone to see her and then administer her chemotherapy. she is weak and fragile and gets little help from the nurses. Her son and daughter in law help as much as possible but they too have to work and look after their twins.
I would like to start a prayer chain for Anna. She is not ready to go home to Heaven. I really stand by this scripture “Matthew 18:20
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” We can make a difference! One by one every hour of everyday of of us needs to be praying for our Anna’s miraculous recovery. Please comment on this to let me know when your time will be or if you can assist in any other way. Also share as a chain goes, we can build it link by link with one small click.
if you read this and you doubt that such Love could let this happen to this family, remember that to our Daddy above, life is but a whisper and Heaven a place he knows we will all find peace, joy and love forever. Death is just a soul leaving a body to enter a place more magical then we could ever imagine. Also, don’t forget evil does exist in this world ,tragedies occur, after all this world is not perfect … Yet if you have that Peace and Faith you get through .., we know because of what my sister went through.

Our Precious Nana & Mumsy – Memorial Speech 7th July 2010

Nana, your three beautiful daughters, Carol Ann, Denise and Sandra have asked us to speak on their behalf. Like you they are kind, compassionate and tender hearted and would not have been able to express their feelings or talk at this memorial without us having brought the entire Kleenex and Waterproof Mascara factories. We are not sure how well we are going to do or how we will get through this but as a close knit family we have always helped each other. For them losing their mumsy might just be the biggest heartbreak of their lives and so we, your five granddaughters will celebrate your life with this speech. Written with the input of each of your daughters and granddaughters, both here in body and those here in heart and soul.

Nana and Mumsy,

We little knew this morning,

That God would call your name.

In Life we loved you dearly;

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

The day God called you Home.

You left us peaceful memories,

Your Love is still our guide.

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same.

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

You left us on Monday and even though we knew it would come one day. The pain and sadness is endless. Yet we take comfort in knowing that you are now in the gentle hands of your beloveds caress, Cecil, our Father and Grandfather. To think that you remained faithful for 28 years after his passing, is to know true love and commitment and is a testimony to the values, morals and principles you lived by. Our Dad and Gramps used to say, “If you do not have anything nice to say, than don’t say anything at all”. Nana, you lived by this. Never an awful word about anyone passed those gentle lips, never a trusted secret shared, never a bad bone in that strong, yet in the end, fragile and tiny body.

We will always remember your little chuckle and naughty jokes that would make even your granddaughter’s blush, that smile that would light up an entire room, even when your teeth were hanging halfway out your mouth or the fact that you had your “own” Doctor who prescribed your medicine, your “Koeldrank” ; Cane and Coke. Nana, he must have been a train driver because only a train driver would get you on the “Cane Train” every night. You lived for nearly 88 years, your birthday would have been next month and we have to fit that entire lifetime into one speech – and according to Chris, a concise one!

Our Mumsy and Nana, you accomplished so much in your life. Head Girl of Queenstown, Hockey player for Stellenbosch, a qualified Medical Researcher, brilliant golfer and Captain of Ladies Golf for years.

And now, to try and fit those memories onto a few pieces of paper and a short memoir of your life – We filled an entire day on Monday with just your time in Bethe, the one horse town and a split second of your life. So it goes we cannot fit 87 years into one speech; we just remember a few stories and celebrate your life. We remember how your daughter, Denise, lost  you in a flat panic in Cresta shopping centre for four hours but Nana  was enjoying a cup of coffee at Mugg & Bean. We remember how the second, and only time you ever drove, was when you and gramps were a little sozzled after a game of golf; you proceeded to crash into the gate and in the morning make Gramps believe he had driven home and done the damage. They say genes skip a generation, Nana, clearly your driving skills were passed onto your granddaughters! Sadly one thing we cannot forget is how you walked because we all have The Duck Waddle; ankles in, toes out! We remember how you loved The Hotel, Little Switzerland, and the place that we will finally lay you to rest. You loved it there and will have peace and happiness in the fresh air under a star filled sky. In fact Nana, you will be the biggest, brightest star and we will always know to look up to the Heaven’s and see you shining down on us!       

Our Nana and Mumsy, we will never forget you; we can’t! You were an integral part of our lives, a blessing and you will forever be etched in our minds, as the gracious incredible Lady you were and are.

Maria, thank you for becoming her best friend, thank you for taking care of her. We could not have asked God to send us an angel more patient, caring and loving then you. You are a blessing and for this you will be blessed. You have lost your best friend and soul mate and our hearts break for you. But you are now a part of our History and Family. We will always look after you and keep you as a piece of our lives  – who knows, you might be serving some of us Koeldrank on Zimmer frames shortly.

And now Nana and Mumsy, we say goodbye. To our treasured person, our laughter, our memories and our Earthly visits. But we do not say Goodbye forever. You remain in each of our hearts, etched in our minds and the greatest Guardian Angel we could ever dream or hope for. Until we meet again; go gently, go peacefully – you are finally Home.

Please bow your heads as we bid our final farewell to this extra-ordinary woman, wife, mother, Nana and friend.

Father God we come to you now in your precious and Holy name,

We ask that you bless those of us left behind, that we have peace that passes all Earthly understanding and know that our beloved is not gone forever but is with you and is healthy, young and happy again.

Lord God, we thank you that the words we are about to say ring true for our Nana and Mumsy.

Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven’s love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again

Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this mem’ry bittersweet
Until we meet

Fly, fly do not fear
Don’t waste a breath, don’t shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don’t wait for us
Above the universe you’ll climb
On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But we won’t forget

Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light

May God be with us all forever and ever

Amen