This past week has been somewhat of a roller coaster for the greater Carpenter family.
My father’s younger and only sister went home to be with our Lord, on Christmas Eve.
Her health had been sketchy for a bit, recently diagnosed with CHF, after a lifetime battling diabetes. Earlier in the week, she had some kidney and liver issues, and was admitted to the hospital. Ultimately she succumbed to these increasingly devastating ailments.
Let me tell you about my Aunt Jan. She was one of the most loving, respectful, and a truly classy woman. She had a forgiving heart, and was known for her positive spin on many things. Most who knew her saw her as a sweet and kind woman.
In recent years she and I had our simultaneous medical struggles, albeit quite different. She was a comfort to me, as I dealt with my issues, as I pray I was for her.
She and I also share some life experiences that even in such a large family, few of us have had to deal with. Many times over the last year she was of great counsel and comfort to me as I’ve waded through my own life change. Having walked that road, and emerged the other side, she was a constant companion to me. I will forever cherish her wisdom and guidance she has offered me in the recent months.
Of course we mourn our loss. My children will always remember their Aunt Jan. As a Mamaw, she’ll be remembered as well. Yet I am sad for those of our family’s future who will never know their Mamaw. I pray that her legacy will still be cherished so that her spirit will be passed on.
Know this, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I can testify firsthand that Jan Bogner was a redeemed and saved woman who is right now in a perfefected body, free from pain. As she slipped from our world, she fell into the healing and loving arms of our Savior, welcomed home.
These words are such a small token of my great love for my Aunt Jan. Yet, we will meet again.