On November 3rd, Hunter's grandmother, Harrylyn Hart, known to us as "Mamoo" passed away. We got a call on Halloween night that she had been admitted to the hospital and then on Monday it seemed that she had taken a turn for the worse. We decided to leave Tuesday and head to Dyersburg,TN in hopes of making it there in time for Hunter to get to see her again. It was a long trip (about 11 hours) and it rained the entire time. Hunter took us to his parents house and then went to the hospital around 2:00 am. He was able to say goodbye, hold her hand and pray for her. He got back to the house around 3:30 am. When we woke up that morning we learned that Mamoo had passed away at 4:15 am. It was evident to everybody that she had been hanging on for the last several days and nobody was sure why. Now we know why. She was waiting for Hunter. He was very grateful for that time he had with her during the last hours.
It was evident at the visitation and the funeral how many people loved Mamoo and her family. People stood in line for over an hour just to get to talk to Pappaw (John Hart) and the rest of the family at the visitation. It really showed me the impact that this family has had on the community and made me realize that I have a lot to live up to. Mamoo and Pappaw had been married for 64 years and Pappaw still called her his bride. They had an amazing love for each other.
During the funeral, the preacher read from Ecclesiastes 7:1 "The day of death is better than the day of birth". I couldn't imagine that dying could ever be better than the joy I experienced when Savannah Kate was born. This verse really made me think. It made me think about how joyous and how wonderful it will be to enter the gates of heaven and to come before the Lord of creation and how that is going to be better than the best thing we could ever experience on earth. Hard to imagine, huh? We will miss Mamoo, but now she's with Jesus. She's free from all her pain and she is happier than she's ever been - happier than her best day on earth.
Here are some precious photos taken of Pappaw with Savannah Kate. He told her all about Mamoo.