Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mama McCauley

Verda Hankins was born 128 years ago today in Hopkins County, Kentucky. 

Verda married John William McCauley in 1904 in Hopkins County, they settled in nearby Muhlenberg County, had 11 children and she died in 1942 from chronic heart disease. That was several years before I was born so I never knew my paternal grandmother. 

In 1946, my Aunt Vashti wrote "A Tribute to Verda McCauley." Her tribute was preserved in a scrapbook at the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, the little country church near Greenville that the family attended. 

Pleasant Hill Church no longer exists and I have no idea what happened to that scrapbook but 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 dear
There's one apart from all the other
Clearer than the noonday sun,
The memory of my mother.

Her daily life was a written page,
And in memory we read
How she always offered a helping hand,
Or did a kindly deed.

She was numbered among the faithful
On her you could depend,
Was always so understanding,
Had a smile for every friend.

Just as spring burst fourth in beauty
Four years ago in May
While her favorite flowers were in full bloom
She quietly slipped away.

Away from all the cares of life
And the ones that loved her best
We've missed her so in these four years,
But God knew she needed rest.

I know she has a mansion
In that City built four square
And I know she'll be waiting,
For her friends and loved ones there.

Aunt Vashti's tribute was previously published here on 7 Jan 2010. 

1 comment:

  1. Ive never seen this before. How beautiful and interesting that Aunt Vashti was so talented? Happy Birthday Mama McCauley

    Your Great Granddaughter...