One of the special privileges of being a pastor's spouse is being a part of the ministry to past and present parishioners. Today we visited with a previous parishioner whose wife passed away on Friday. She was 89 and they had been together since 1945 when they were married when he had a brief leave from the service in the Navy. They had remarkable life together and his stories of their courtship, marriage, and child raising were both poignant and sweet recollections of long loving marriage. They are both of a generation that served our country and society with generosity and integrity. Tuesday we will attend her funeral and I am sure the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will have more to tell about their great love story. Nancy, who has considered Marilyn to be a second mother, will provide part of the eulogy. We will mourn, but we will also celebrate an exemplary life and love story. Passing with dignity is such a gift!