June 1, 1943 Joyce Faye Owens Smitherman was born to Doris and Lester Owens. Their lives and ours were forever changed.
Today we are left to celebrate her life.
Sharon, you and I remember a mother who taught us, that above all else we might do, to live our highest calling as a wife and mother. Our husbands, David and Eric, celebrate with us thankful for the blessing of a godly mother-in-law.
Seven of you celebrate as grandchildren. Jon Eric, Jake, JuliAnna, Maddie, Caleb, Alex, and Anna. Each of you has very special memories of time spent with a grandmother who taught you that grandmothers, at least this one, can do anything.
Others of you celebrate as very special nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, life-long friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ.. You, too, have your own special memories.
Whatever our relationship with her we all know that she loved her Lord, her family, her church, her friends and her life. We’re all better people in some way for having known her and been loved by her.
In her 69+ years she was fully alive. She worked hard when it was time to work and played hard when it was time to play. She had the gift of hospitality and exercised it faithfully and generously.
Whether you knew her as Faye or Momma, or Nanny; Miss Faye, or Mrs. Smitherman you knew when you were around her that she understood what Jesus meant when He said, “I have come that you might have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10.
June 1, 1943 – December 3, 2012
In the days ahead it will be natural for us to mourn her death and our loss.
But in the spirit of celebration we are confident today that she has never been more alive.