Now let me clarify.....she is technically my grandma, but since we have had kiddos, (a long time now) we collectively have always referred to her as GG. She passed away last Friday night, and her funeral was yesterday.
THIS is my grandma's legacy! This right here- all these beautiful faces!! There were 25 People gathered! Of course some wives and kiddos, and my cousin's family that is in Taiwan doing mission work couldn't make it.
family- we are her legacy in this world.
As if that was not enough......there are many many many many more! Carrying on the name of Jesus as well that my grandfather and grandmother ministered to over the years.
Here is her obituary......
GEER, Ethel F. After a long, rich life of love and service to her Savior, Ethel Florence Geer, 92, of Brandon, walked into Heaven on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Ethel was born in Salina, KS, on April 6, 1921, to Clarence and Letia Shannon. She was the oldest of 12 children. Brigadiers LeClaire "Bud" and Ethel Geer were officers in the Salvation Army in the Midwest for more than 45 years. She was a "Crusader" upon her commissioning and ordination in 1941. They served in 17 appointments, the last one being at the Rockford Adult Rehabilitation Center, where they oversaw the building of a new residence. After her retirement, Ethel continued to be active in many capacities, including serving as the Home League Secretary and Chaplain at the St. Petersburg ARC. Many lives were influenced for the Kingdom during her lifetime. Preceding her in death were her parents, Clarence Jay and Letia Maude Shannon; her husband of 47 years, LeClaire Eugene Geer; her son, Paul Geer; her granddaughter, Heather Dawn Tejada; and her siblings, Margaret (Don) Yeagley, Arthur (Anita) Shannon, Gladys (Wayne) Denny, Mary Alice (Elton) Knight, James Shannon and Austin Gay. Ethel is survived by her children, Brenda (David) Flatness & Rebecca (Douglas) Stearns; her loving daughter-in-law, Marla Jane Geer; and her eight grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Letia Mae Gay, Jack (Barbara) Shannon, David (Glenna) Shannon, Carol Shannon, Charles (Bobbie) Shannon, Clara (Del) Herbel and Clarence "Joe" (Cheryl) Shannon; nieces & nephews; and many extended family members & friends.The visitation will be at The Salvation Army St. Petersburg Corps, 3800 9th Ave. North, on Oct. 24th, at from 12-2 pm, with the service following at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Salvation Army.
She prayed faithfully for her own family! The oldest of 12- SEE larger family run in my family! :)
She got to see her own parents come to know the Lord!
She and my grandfather led many hearts to Christ.
The modeled Faith in Action to their family!
And their children all modeled it for their families!
When I think of how sometimes we underplay how important being a Christ Follower is when it comes to - I am only a mom or a dad. I only help lead Sunday School or I only help with camp once a year. I only help with parking at the church. I only .........
I think- THERE IS NO SUCH THING! Every time we serve the Lord- HE is faithful to Bless others through that!
I think of my own children. Our lives could be very very very different had it not been for the faithfulness of my grandmother.
What if we didn't have Faith? Would we have even adopted?
We wouldn't have spent years in the camping ministry.
In turn would our marriage have made it?
Our faith is the foundation- the reason we bother getting up in the mornings!
The reason all these children are special to me and my cousin! The reason we fight daily for every child to have a family- a Christian Family who will teach them about the love of Jesus! The reason we know all life is precious!
The reason we sing about Him daily! The reason we do devotion time which was important to my GG, to our family growing up, and in turn why we do devotions in our home now!
Our lives have been indeed BLESSED!
THIS is what I want my legacy to be. It isn't easy. It doesn't even look pretty sometimes. Sometimes you want to throw in the towel. But when you daily get on your knees, read the Bible, and pray for your children, grand children, and great grandchildren- God is Faithful!
He guides your steps as hard as some days may be......
I just think about all those who are in heaven now because of my GG's life and it makes me cry those happy tears of JOY!
That JOY UNSPEAKABLE!
This.....is just her body I told our kids as they cried for the loss........
Cause you see.......it is cold and empty......she is no longer with us- she is WITH JESUS!
ONE DAY EVERY KNEE WILL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD!!!! ONE DAY! I WILL BE THERE- WILL YOU?
My GG is up in heaven singing praises to a Savior she knew personally! One that she worshipped daily. One she knew through her personal study of Scripture! One she deeply devoted her whole life to! He was her ROCK!
That is what has been passed on.............
This was from Christmas time! It was a pleasure to live only a mileish from GG for the past few years! Our children have spent many hours with GG. Singing worship songs to her during every visit! Telling her about our latest crazy life stories. Jason always making her laugh at something.
THIS is my GG's legacy! She has made an imprint on our hearts! Taught us what it means to be faithful. What it means to share God with everyone you meet. What it means to really serve the Lord and others!
Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
4One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
I love seeing the JOY we had in sharing with GG.........
ONE DAY- I want to be just like GG!!
My hope is in this alone....One Day I will be rejoicing in the presence of MY SAVIOR and KING with her!!! What a day of rejoicing that will be!!!!!
Romans 8:31-35; 37-39
New International Version (NIV)
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.