In 1946, my Aunt Vashti wrote a tribute to her mother that was preserved in a scrapbook at the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, the little country church the family attended. Aunt Vashti apparently presented the tribute at Pleasant Hill four years after Verda's death to either the whole church or to the women's group.
Pleasant Hill Church no longer exists and I have no idea what happened to that scrapbook but, luckily, my mother had the foresight to transcribe Aunt Vashti's tribute during a visit to Pleasant Hill in the 1980's. It tells so much about the grandmother I never knew.
A Tribute to Verda McCauley
By Vashti McCauley Wells
Verda Jane McCauley was born near Providence, Kentucky, Dec. 1, 1884, spent her childhood days in Hopkins County, was the daughter of a General Baptist minister. Many times in those days she rode horse-back cross country with her father to fill an appointment, and at a very early age made a host of friends. She loved meeting people, and one of her best traits was making those about her feel welcome. She had a kind word and a smile for everyone. How often have we seen the faces of those who knew her brighten when she would appear for church service, after an absence of a few weeks on account of illness. She surely had her share of suffering while here on earth, but through it all she always managed to smile when you were by her side. She was faithful to her church, family and friends. Her vacancy can never be filed, we see the need about us more and more for consecrated Mothers such as the one we knew and loved. And may the Women's Society of Christian Service rededicate their lives for greater service, for having known a true friend and Christian, our Mother.
Of all the memories I hold dearThere's one apart from all the otherClearer than the noonday sun,The memory of my mother.Her daily life was a written page,And in memory we readHow she always offered a helping hand,Or did a kindly deed.She was numbered among the faithfulOn her you could depend,Was always so understanding,Had a smile for every friend.Just as spring burst fourth in beautyFour years ago in MayWhile her favorite flowers were in full bloomShe quietly slipped away.Away from all the cares of lifeAnd the ones that loved her bestWe've missed her so in these four years,But God knew she needed rest.I know she has a mansionIn that City built four squareAnd I know she'll be waiting,For her friends and loved ones there.