Last Saturday morning we drove 5 hours
north to Des Moines, Iowa. We went to
attend the celebration of life service for
Marie C. Smith, age 97.
Marie was very instrumental in our lives -
especially back in the 70's when
we served helping her husband, the late Pastor
Frank W. Smith at the First Church of
the Open Bible in Des Moines.
Marie or as we affectionately called her the "Reverand Momma Holy Mostest", was a
beautiful lady both inside and out.
When she was 88 years old, she was
crowned "Mrs Senior Oklahoma" - independent living.
This scripture was shared by her son,
Jonathan and really summed up the role
of his parents while they was here on this earth:
We weren't in Des Moines a long time over
the long weekend, but had a few minutes one
day to drive down Grand Avenue and drive
by the Capitol in the downtown. Des Moines
is where my husband and I met back in
1966 and were married there in 1968.
The area around the Governor's residence is
all very old with brick streets. This has been
the Governor's home since 1971. Built in 1866-1869,
it is 2nd Empire and built by Iowa's first millionaire.
I took a few photos while
rolling along as we
drove by in our car:
I gave this one a pure charm award: