HAPPY BIRTHDAY / Susan &. Shirley (sisters) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Today is your special day!!!
Wanted to remember you on your special day and tell you how much we miss you and love you. I sent a happy birthday wish to you about 12:30 last night. I am driving a motor home from Concord NC to Jacksonville Fl--it is like the one you and I drove to New York. I miss traveling with you.
Shirley had pneumonia and was in the hospital in Illinois for a couple days-- she is home and doing better.
We think about you all the time and remember all the good times we shared. We have a lot of memories but wish we could make more.
Shirley and I spent a week at the beach--went out on the boat--lost our money. We had a good time but missed you.
Wanted to remember and share with you on your special day!!!
Today is your Birthday. I got up at 6am and watched some video of you that I have saved on my tivo. I watch them regularly but today I made it a point. I sent some flowers for your grave, a dozen Red roses, I hate that I cant be there to put them on it in person. I know you always liked roses. I called white rat at meltons florist. I somehow feel he is the florist I should use since you always did.
Well, Maggie is growing up so fast and Kim would shock you with how fast she is turning into a little lady. Let's go with maggie. She is talking a lot more. She will be 2 in one week. She destroys the house on a regular basis and has more energy than 100 horses. She is learning her shapes and colors and loves music and dances all the time. Lorri took them to visit dad about 2 weeks ago and when maggie got back she kept saying,"Where's Papa?". I wish you were here to see her, you would be so proud.
Kim on the other hand has grown into a beautiful young lady. She is facsinated with computers and spends a lot of time using the internet watching music videos and cartoons. She is so smart. Well, i mean every parent thinks their kids are smart but I think she has a very wide range of talents. She is ....Maggie is coming down the stairs now yelling "Dad". there she is she is so beautiful. Anyways Kim starts Third grade in a couple of weeks. She has been doing well in school and I expect her to continue.
Speaking of school, I started back school this summer and I start the fall quarter the first week of september. I just got an invitation to Phi Kappa Delta, a national honor society. Bet you would never have expected that. I am now working for Speedway Convience Stores. I am about halfway through an eight week training program which at the end I will be a store manager. I drove truck for a while after we lost Bennett, but Lorri and the kids did not like me being on the road all the time. I like Speedway though, it is fast paced and getting to know the customers is very interesting. We are still running Benchmark and have expanded to Cleveland. Things are all in all good.
I want you to know we are all thinking about you and we all love you. Today is your Birthday, it will be celebrated and today we are going to honor you as the beautiful Mother and Grandmother that you are. I love you Mom.
I'm in SC and it isn't right not to spend time with you at your house--I do plan to go over and visit Junior but it is very hard. I went to visit you and it is very hard--i miss you so much--I miss talking to you on the phone ev eryday--you're so much a part of my life--everytime I turn on my computer--there we are--you. Sue and me--. i fixed a shelf for your bells that I took home with me--with a picture of you and your granddaughters. I know you are with God and in a better place but I still miss you and love you. Love Shirley
Mother's Day / Shirley (sister)
Hi, Yesterday was Mother's Day--I mailed cards like I always do but I missed sending one and that was to you. I know you know how much I miss you and how much I need you. There were so many things I still needed to do with you and Susan. I think of you everyday and I know God is watching over you, Mama, and Gene.. Brandi will graduate from college next Sunday, and she is going to have a beautiful baby boy in September which will make us great grandparents. I haven't seen Berri, Lori and girls for awhile but I have talked to them. Susan got to see the girls last time they were in SC(over spring break, I think). She said maggie was growing up and a pretty little girl and Kim is as pretty as always. I miss talking to you and I love you. Love, Shirley Close
TAX SEASON IS OVER! / SUSAN FAULKENBERRY (SISTER)
ANOTHER TAX SEASON HAS PASSED AND I MISSED ALL OUR LUNCHES TOGETHER AND HAVING YOU TO VENT TO ABOUT TAXES. YOU HAVE BEEN GONE OVER A YEAR AND I STILL CAN'T TALK ABOUT YOU WITHOUT CRYING. I KNOW YOU'RE IN A BETTER PLACE, BUT, I STILL NEED YOU SO MUCH. I'M THE MOST BLESSED PERSON HAVING SISTERS LIKE YOU AND SHIRLEY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I DID TO DESERVE YOU GUYS, BUT, I'M SO HAPPY YOU WERE AND ARE PART OF MY LIFE. I STILL WANT TO PICK UP THE TELEPHONE TO CALL YOU. PLEASE KEEP WATCHING OVER ME. I WILL LOVE AND CHERISH OUR MEMORIES FOREVER.
We love and miss you / Shirley &. Susan (Sisters)Read >>
We love and miss you / Shirley &. Susan (Sisters)
Just wanted to tell you how much we love you and how much we miss you. Not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts and we would not want it any other way. It is so hard, especially in the mornings--I just want to pick up the phone and call you, We talked so much. We love you. Close
A LONG YEAR / SHIRLEY &. SUSAN (SISTERS)
HI, IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR SINCE WE LOST YOU. I WAS IN SOUTH CAROLINA THIS MONTH AND WE PUT BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS OUT. THEY HAVE YOUR MARKER DONE AND IT LOOKS NICE. YOUR HUSBAND AND BOYS KEEP BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS OUT FOR YOU ALL THE TIME. SUSAN AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FOR KIM'S GRAVE--I KNOW YOU ALWAYS LIKED TO HAVE SOMETHING ON IT. SUSAN KEEPS MOM'S VASE FULL OF BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS. SHE IS SO LONELY WITHOUT YOU--WE BOTH MISS YOU BUT IT IS SO HARD ON HER WITHOUT YOU THERE TO KEEP HER STRAIGHT-- SHE WAS YOUR LITLE GIRL-- AND SHE KNEW YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR HER. I LIVE SO FAR AWAY BUT HAVE TRIED TO SPEND SOME TIME THERE THIS LAST YEAR. AUDREY IS NOT DOING GOOD AND WE ARE PRAYING FOR HER. GARY AND LONNY HAD THEIR BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY-- GARY HAD A GOOD DAY AND WE ARE CELEBRATING WITH LONNY, CINDY AND FAMILY TONIGHT.
I THINK OF YOU EVERYDAY AND IT'S LIKE YOU'RE HERE WITH ME. I THINK OF ALL THE GOOD TIMES THE THREE OF US SHARED AND ALL THE FUN WE HAD. THE BOND WAS THERE AND STILL IS.
It's almost Christmas / Shirley &. Susan (Sisters)Read >>
It's almost Christmas / Shirley &. Susan (Sisters)
Hi, I can't imagine Christmas and you're not here with us--I know you will be if only in our hearts. We miss you so much.. The cruise was not the same without you--we knew how much you loved being on that boat. We know God needed you when he took you from us but oh we still needed you so much and we do everyday. Susan went to the beach this week but it was too hard on her--you were everywhere--they redecorated the three bedroom condo and it was very nice . She really needed you there. We will be thinking about you and missing you during this Christmas season. We love you and miss you til next time, your sisters Close
Dad came to visit, he is doing well after his stroke. He is walking with a cane but he rarely actually has to use it. He has made so much progress. Kim made it to the semi-finals in soccer but they lost the game that would have put them in the championship game. She is growing up fast. Maggie is growing up even faster. Halloween was just the other day and kim dressed as a pirate girl and we dressed maggie as a monkey. They both were adorable. I wish you were there. I love you mom. Close
IT'S US / Shirley &. Susan (Sisters)
Hi, here we are again--Susan has had a detached retina so I have been here driving her around. We are in the new condo--first floor, next door to Ernestine. It is a 3 bedroom-- We think how much you would have liked it. We are getting ready to go on that cruise we planned with you--we leave Nov 4th til the 12th. Gary , Oscar and us . We will take you along in our hearts.
Today we are in Raleigh visiting Josh--he graduated from college, has a job, and has moved to Raleigh. We have been arranging and re-arrainging all day. Wish you were here to help us.
We think of you everyday and talk to you. You will always be a big part of our lives. WE NEED YOU SO MUCH.
it's us again / Shirley &. Susan (sisters)
We really miss you--have so much to tell you. Your birthday came and yesterday little Maggie turned one. She is a beautiful little girl-- wish I could spend more time with her and Kim so they would grow up and know me. So much has been happening . We got the 3 bedroom condo next to Ernestine, you would really like it--it is on the first floor. I am going back down next week--just want to get away and enjoy before it gets cold. Junior had a stroke, but is making great progress-- he is going to therapy but is home. Susan had a detached retina and had surgery--she goes back to doctor on Tuesday--still can't see much with that eye. Audrey got bad news --her cancer is back--she is hanging in there and going to put up a fight. We pray for her. Maude had knee surgery --is in rehab--will be home this week. She has had a lot of pain. Berri is still in school-has been getting good grades. You would be proud of him. Want to wish you a Happy Late Birthday--Sue put beautiful flowers out as did Junior and boys. I will be out and bring beautiful flowers when I get there next week. Lib, we miss you so much and love you--you will always be in our hearts. I'm sure you're keeping an eye on all of us. Til next time, love you, Shirley & Susan Close
I just felt like writing to you. Today was my bithday and it was kind of hard with you not here. I thought about you all day long. I got a call from Dad and Ronnie. It just did not seem the same with me not being able to talk to you. Well I am a year older and getting closer to being an old man (even though I already feel like one). I wanted to see dad this weekend but it getting close to final exams and I would have had to miss classes today to travel down. However, we sent the girls down with Leslie to see him. I think that will make him happy. He will be suprised when he sees Maggie and how much she has grown. She is getting very close to taking her first steps. I sure do wish that you were here to help guide us in the right direction on raising both girls into this world. I will just have to rely on what knowledge and pride you and dad instilled in me. I will do everything I can to make you both proud. We all miss you and look forward to the day when our family is reunited. I love you Mom. Close
We need YOU/ Shirley &. Susan (Sisters)
Susan surely needed you here this week-- we sold the condo-closed on it yesterday. Susan needed your help getting things brought down those stairs. She was a basket case, but Scott came to her rescue. We are buying the 3 bedroom next door to Ernestine on the first floor. We are to close on July 8th- we will need your help then so be with us. We love and miss you. I know you are watching over us. Shirley & Susan Close
Maggie is growing up so fast. She has completely mastered crawling and is all over the place. You would be so proud. She is pulling up and getting ready to walk. Kim is doing good in school when she stays out of trouble. She definetely takes after someone other than me.... I actually have been doing well also. I have made A's on most of my graded assignments so far this quater. maybe I will be able to keep it up. I am thinking about changing my major to English, something writing intensive. It seems I have a knack for writing that I never knew about. I miss you mom. We all love you and know that you are watching and waiting to be together again. Close
Our Big Sis / Shirley &. Susan (Sisters)
She was our Big Sis, we can't ever remember her not being there for us and such a big part of our lives. There were four of us, three girls and a boy, then there were three girls, now only two, but in our memory and our hearts you'll always be here.
Some people called her "Margaret" , most family and friends called her "Lib". Susan and I called her Lib, Libby, and sometimes "Lizzie"--She was our "LIZZIE".
We shared so many fun times at the beach, cruises, and at our homes that we will always remember. Though we lived apart, we kept in touch, talking most everyday and sometimes two or three times aday--the phone was our link to stay close and we did.
We loved her, she was always our big sister, at times our MOM, and always our friend. She was all in one. She was our rock, solid, good, and loved. Susan always said, "Everybody just loves Lib, and she doesn't have to do a thing--they just love her." You could definitely see this when she was sick and at the time of her passing. She was very loved.
We wanted much more time with her, we had so many things left to do, but God needed her and called her home. We will always keep you alive in our hearts and our lives. We will share our memories with your children and grandchildren. We will keep you updated--when we need to talk-- we'll ring you and I'm sure you'll know the two girls that adored you. We miss you so very much.
On a sunny weekday in 1957, during a neighborhood softball game in High Point, NC my mom (Wavel) was introduced to Aunt Lib by my dad (Gene). She was married to Uncle Junior, the two of them were living in NC, and she was pregnant with her first child cousin Ronnie and from the very beginning the two girls immediately grew close to one another. Then in 1960, Aunt Lib assisted Wavel with choosing a wedding dress, later she and Uncle Junior would travel with Wavel and Gene to Chesterfield to bare witness to their wedding. 1961 came and all five of them traveled to New Orleans where they lived together, by October I was born and blessed with a wonderful Aunt (Lib).
In the many years to come, my mom would absolutely adore and cherish their long lasting friendship. She would often mention the years that had past away and the memories of their friendship and experiences together as young women. It is for sure that not everyday one gets the opportunity to pick a friend or to receive the blessing of a wonderful aunt. As we all know, she was both and much, much more.
Comfort in memories/ Windsor Faulkenberry (nephew's wife)Read >>
Comfort in memories/ Windsor Faulkenberry (nephew's wife)
I will always have wonderful memories of Aunt Lib! From the beginning she made me feel so comfortable and special (coming into a very dynamic family! :)) She always took such interest in what was going on in our lives, which meant so much to us. My girls absloutely adored her!! What wonderful memories they will always have of their travels with her, Kim, and their Nana! Aunt Lib was always a trooper with the "gang of girls"...going to Disney and on a cruise! She was always the first to suggest a new place to go. I am so thankful that Mary Miles and Claire had the opportunity to get to know her so well. They looked at her like another grandmother. Aunt Lib fought her illness with courage and dignity...and know she has found peace. A scripture that I love and that has helped me in times of grief is..."God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain." Revelation 21:4 Close
The Kindest Soul/ Amy Faulkenberry (Nephew's Wife)
There is truly a missing piece to this extended family with the much too sudden loss of our sweet Aunt Lib. From the moment I met her, she always made me feel welcome and loved. She was always so thoughtful, remembering us on birthdays, holidays, and special occassions. She would travel to be at showers, weddings, birthday parties, baptisms, births- you name it, you could count on Lib making the extra effort to be there. She did this not out of obligation, but out of a true desire to make those around her feel special and important to her. I will always treasure the years that I knew her and the memory of her being there for our family. We all miss her and are praying for each other as we try to deal with her loss. The world has lost one of its kindest souls in Aunt Lib. She will forever be missed! Close
A Shining Example/ Scott Faulkenberry (Nephew)Read >>
A Shining Example/ Scott Faulkenberry (Nephew)
As a member of the family it is extremely difficult to even begin to type this....but I will do my best.
Aunt Lib was one of the dearest and loving people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was and is very dear to me and my family and her impact on my life and the lives of my children will be felt until the day that we finally join her at rest.
My heart goes out to all of you as you struggle to somehow find comfort in the fact that Aunt Lib is in a better place and will never feel pain of any kind again.
I will forever remember Aunt Lib as the devoted Mother, Wife, and Aunt that devoted her entire life to making others happy. Aunt Lib's life is one that others can look to for inspiration and courage in the face of insurmountable odds.
You were one of a kind. I love you Aunt Lib. Close
We will all miss the benevolent kindness and unwavering devotion that Aunt Lib always showed to her family and friends.All that knew her loved her.She was truly one of a kind.We will forever be at a loss with her absence.Fortunately, she will live on in our hearts, our memories and through the family she helped to inspire.We love you Aunt Lib.