Sunday, June 19, 2011

In Honor Of Dad

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My dear father in law Jerry Morris passed away a week ago on June 12th from pancreatic cancer.

He is an amazing man loved by many many people. Yesterday was his funeral. It was a beautiful day mixed with tears and smiles. He doesn't want us to mope around and be sad. He wants us to be joyful. I tried my best to be. It hurts to know he's moved on to heaven but it brings me happiness to know he isn't in pain anymore. He fought the good fight and endured to the end.

He lived a outstanding life and made many friends along the way. You could tell how much he was loved by the packed church house.

He only lived about two and a half months after his diagnosis but those 2 and a half months were spent with family. We visited with each other, told stories and grew closer. I know Papa loved that.

He leaves behind a beautiful legacy of righteousness, obeying the Lord and serving others.

Before he passed, he made us promise to make sure our chair in heaven isn't empty. I tell my kids every day that we must make sure our chair in heaven isn't empty because more than anything, Papa wants us to join him there.

One thing Papa loved to be was a missionary. He loved opportunities to share the gospel with anyone who was interested. He even found a way to do it after he passed. When he knew he was dying, he recorded a message that he wanted played at his funeral. It's a beautiful message of hope and love. I've attached it to this post. I hope you listen to it. I know he would want as many people as possible to hear it.

We love you so much Dad! Happy Father's Day!


Heather said...

I so wish we could have been there for the services. I loved Uncle Jerry. He is such a wonderful man. I hope you all are doing well.

Alissa said...

Everything at the funeral was just beautiful. When I rounded the corner to go into the chapel, I saw this picture. It took my breath away, and the tears swelled up. What a wonderful sweet tribute to Jerry & LaNell's life together. I'm so glad you had a little time to make some lasting memories like these pictures. Thank you for sharing.We love you all.

Brooke Romney said...

Alys, I am so sorry. I can't imagine how hard it is, but I'm glad he left such a wonderful legacy for you and your family. Lots of love your way.

Momma Dianna said...

What a beautiful message your Father-in-law gave, had me in tears. What a wonderful idea he had to collect his thoughts and record them for all to hear. He was very special and you know it by what he said and how he said it. I am so sorry for your family's loss, but feel the comfort knowing you all will be with him again. Such great knowledge we have being members of the church. He left an amazing legacy behind for your family. Thank you for posting his message and hope you all are doing well amongst the sad circumstances.