Friday, June 09, 2006

Sharon Schofield Memorial

Among the many Funeral or Memorial services that I have officiated, over my 35 years of Pastoral ministry, this service today for Susan's and my dear friend, Sharon Schofield was both the most difficult and the most celebrative.

Sharon was one of those very special women whom everybody loved. She and her husband Vic met while both serving as musicians at Youth for Christ about 1966. Vic was a national champion trumpet player and Sharon used to harmonize with her 2 sisters. She was beautiful, talented and lovable.

It wasn't long after they were married, with 2 young boys in arms, that Sharon developed muscular sclerosis. For years she carried on her motherly responsibilities, but soon Vic was caring for his dear wife constantly. "I married Sharon for better or for worse, in sickness and in health", he used to tell me. About 15 years ago, Sharon had to be cared for full time. She was the very first patient at Eagle Ridge Extended Care Centre. Always with a sweet and godly attitude, she would cheer up anyone who attended her bedside.

Finally, at only 60 years old Sharon succumbed to cancer and died. Her wish to see Jesus and be totally well was fully granted. Today we celebrated not only her life, which was a testimony of God's love, but also her homegoing. The eulogies could not have been truer and the many songs from her musical family could not have been sweeter.

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