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November 26, 2012, 8:34 PM

Faithful

Bennie White's funeral was yesterday afternoon.  She was 80 years old when she died, but the church was filled.  I'm thinking that says a lot about Bennie.  She was such a loving and kind person we all wanted to be there for the celebration of her life. You see Bennie was faithful.  She was a United Methodist Woman and so faithful to come to all the meetings, studies, and fund raisers.  You could always count on Bennie to be there.  She was a quiet worker and didn't need to be the star, but she was special because she "showed up".  She was calm, quiet, loving, and kind.  And you knew she was going to there when you needed her.  Bennie was faithful

My granddaughter and I visited Bennie before Thanksgiving and even though I know she wasn't feeling well, she seemed delighted to see us and had a sucker for Shae. As I thnk about that visit I know I'm going to miss her gentle voice and beautiful smile.  And oh, I pray I can remember the lessons Bennie taught me- to be gentle and kind, to keep studying and working, and to always be faithful! 

Bennie was very proud of her family.  Her daughter Janna Elliott is a powerful and gifted United Methodist Woman who has served in many capacities.  And Bennie's granddaughter Addison is a former CTC UMW Youth Representative. I think they have UMW in their blood! I know Bennie was proud of both of them!

Bennie was blessed to have a loving family and wonderful friends.  Pearl Carpenter, former Brownwood District President and CTC officer, was a faithful friend. People would ask Pearl if she was Bennie's sister.  She wasn't her biological sister, but she was her sister in Christ.  Pearl was always there,even to the very end. Pearl and Bennie are a perfect example of the "creative, supportive fellowship" that UMW is called to be.  May we all be a friend like Pearl was to Bennie. May we all have a friend like Bennie.

I thank God for Bennie While.  I thank God for Pearl Carpenter.  Faithful! May we all be so faithful!


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