Life Story for Ruth Drush
Over 52 years ago I first met Ruth Anne at an ice rink. I was skating and she was just standing on the ice holding on to the fence. I went and asked if she would like some help, so we skated around a few times and then she wanted to quite. Saw her again a few weeks later, asked for a date, got turned down, but she give me her phone number, said if I’d call in a week or so she would think about lt.
Got a date, and have been married for 51 years. As the vows say for richer or poorer, in good times and in bad – and we have gone through them all – but the promises we give each other were held deeply in our hearts. Three wonderful sons, a 40 year plus ministry for me, and she was always there.
And the “funniest part of our marriage” at the age of 49 she finally fulfilled her dream of being a nurse. On to school! Now if you think having a teenager in school is tuff, “Not only are the students younger than me, but so are the professors.” Well I helped her make it though with a lot of help...Graduation and pinning were the second biggest thrill of her life (of course our wedding was first) but it was also a wonderful felling for me seeing her wish finally come true.
She saw were the greatest need was, and her career, for over 20 years, nursing in a nursing home. The Lord has directed both of us not wealth and success, buy to service and sacrifice – and of course there were times that we did complain about it, but we would have done no other. I joined unto death a friend, a joint companion one through whom we became greater then each of us.
Solomon wrote there is a time to be born and a time to die (but for her not yet - but it did) and a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing (sadly that is where I am now. Good bye “dear heart” I will always remember and love you.)
My mother. My mom was the greatest mom in the world. I know that everyone says that about their moms, but my mom was a very caring person. She was always there for us and even when she was upset with me, I still knew that her love never waivered. I remember her being there for me in the good times and the bad.
My mom was also a very crafty person and enjoyed doing things like that. She was always doing things to help others as well. She would enjoy things like riding the riverboat in Hannibal, Missouri or going to craft shows. She also enjoyed her cats and large dogs which make one a happy person. I was glad that she was able to get to visit Hawaii and turtle island with my dad as I know that was one of her highlights and that and others she will be able to cherish with her in Heaven.
It is very tough to lose someone so close to you. I have not had to experience this since my grandfather passed in 1999. I know that mom is with her dad in Heaven. Sometimes is takes awhile for things like this to set in, as you still think that she is still here, and the hurt lingers for awhile, but for me at least I know that she is now at piece and will never have to suffer again as she praises our Lord in Heaven and looks down on us. One day we will all be together again in His kingdom, until then I will cherish the memories of my mother. My mom loved and collected nativity scenes so I guess its appropriate that our Lord called her home during the Christmas season