Tuesday, December 11, 2007


I am so behind in writing on my blog. I have finished three books and some articles that I can think of since I last wrote, so I will take some time to try and get my reviews and comments online. I will try to put them up one day at a time so that I don’t write too many words at once (you know I only have so many words). I also like putting them online, because it helps me keep track of what I am reading.

Last week is kind of a blur with Margaret taking a turn for the worse, making the decision to stop chemo, going home to Mike’s on Friday and dying on Sunday afternoon. It was a whirlwind — but very appropriate for Margaret — she was always on the go!

There is a huge hole here at the church, because Margaret was always here. Driving us crazy at times, but always trying to help. I loved to tease Margaret and call her a saint, but she really was a saint. Someone just stuck their head in my office to talk about her — it is going to be a long time before we heal.

Margaret’s husband, John, was the first funeral I performed at Ridge on October 12, 1998. I never really knew John, but Margaret was a dear, dear friend. The year after John died, Margaret traveled with a group from Ridge to the Holy Land — it was a wonderful experience. When I go home tonight I will try to find a picture from that trip and add it to this blog.

Friday, we will celebrate Margaret’s life. And it will be quite a celebration. Ridge Church was her family, and she never knew a stranger! She no doubt is busy doing what she understood her Christian role to be: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger! Well done, good and faithful servant!


Anonymous said...

She will definitely be missed.

Anonymous said...

She was one of the few people at your church that ever made me feel welcome. She made a difference in so many people's lives, what huge shoes she has left to fill.

Anonymous said...

Margaret will definitely be missed and your blog is right on.
I don't think any one person can fill Margarets shoes it will take a large number of us to take on a little more than what we're currently doing.


Steve Conger said...

Margaret truly was one of those persons who never met a stranger!
Thanks all who have commented! Keep the comments coming!

Anonymous said...

Margaret was truly a woman who related to all people of all generations. Whether working with the middle schoolers on Wednesday afternoons, helping out with VBS, interacting with adults in activities too numerous to mention, she span the generations with her understanding of people, feelings, and immense capacity for love. I will miss my friend!