NCE OUR CHILDREN WERE GROWN and had moved
on with their lives, my husband and I decided to move to Alpine,
Texas. We were able to spend a wonderful year rediscovering each
other and enjoying our time together as a couple. Then my husband
was diagnosed with a terminal illness. As he became more ill, he
continually worried about me being in a place without family or
friends. I realized the best thing would be to relocate once again.
His brother lived in Freer, so I began to search for a position
in that area, and CHRISTUS Spohn Beeville had an opening. My decision
to accept employment was a difficult
one in light of my husband’s illness.
We soon realized, however, that God had blessed us by providing
me with this opportunity. It was exactly the kind of job I wanted,
and I would only be four hours away from our children, rather than
12. We sold our home in Alpine immediately, and our children banded
together and moved our belongings. In addition, my husband was able
to be close to the only family he had left. He was at peace with
God realized that if my life partner and best friend grew tired
of fighting his battle and had to leave me, then now was a good
time. One week to the day after beginning my new position, my husband
died. I was able to let go of him peacefully, and he died in my
arms at home, rather than in a hospital. After his death, my children
begged me to move back to East Texas so that I would be closer to
them. But I knew God had plans for me and felt I was where I needed
to be. That helped me decide to bury my husband in Beeville.
Since we had only been in town for one week and were far, far away
from our lifelong friends, I really believed there would only be
close family members attending the funeral to grieve with me. After
all, I really hadn’t had an opportunity to get to know many
people at my new job, and none of them had even met my husband in
the short time we’d lived in Beeville.
On the day of his funeral, I was sad that there would only be a
handful of people to celebrate my husband’s life. But when
the service was over and I stood to leave, I turned and the chapel
was full! So many CHRISTUS Spohn Beeville Associates had come to
comfort my family—providing nourishment for our bodies and
prayers to give us strength! I have never felt such an outpouring
of love. I knew God led me to the place I was meant to be.
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville