The celebration at Culbreth Memorial this morning was the culmination of two visitations and two services. Edna Grace (Harrell) Parker was worthy of every moment and every tribute. David and I are so grateful to Pastor Dan Wood (Emmanuel College classmate) for opening his church to us for the service.
As with John's service in July, the church people provided a Southern spread of North Carolina cuisine. And they allowed us to invite those missionaries and other special friends who were there.
Former IPHC missionary, Rose Gentelini, read the obituary and reflected on how she and Don were impacted as they served in Eastern Europe.
Special music was provided by Edna's niece Sue Dodd from Oklahoma.
Our son-in-law Shane Charles Terry played his guitar. David and our two children gave powerful tributes to Mom and Grandma.
It was a distinct honor to have Bishop Talmadge Gardner preach Edna's funeral, not only because he is the director of World Missions, but because he and Stephanie have been close personal friends for years. Bishop Danny Nelson spoke lovingly and powerfully at the graveside. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended either the visitation Friday night or Saturday's service. You touched our hearts deeply.