A Tribute to Nell

I love to crochet and had the brilliant idea that maybe all the lap afghans I had crocheted could be used by residents in a senior living facility. As I drove home one day from shopping I took a different route due to construction and noticed a large assisted living and memory care home that I didn’t know was there. I decided to stop in the next day to see if they would like a donation of hand crocheted lap afghans. Long story short, they did and I was asked if I’d be willing to teach crocheting to some of the residents. That’s how I met this beautiful 90 year old lady and she almost immediately wiggled her way right smack into my heart.

When I was writing short stories for my book titled, “I AM” I wrote this short story about my dear friend, Nell Dale. At the time she was 91 years old. Nell was the most loving, caring, and God fearing women I have ever met. Yesterday I learned my dear friend went to be with our Lord and Savior. Even though I knew her time to leave us was coming near the shock of her departure has left me feeling a loss I can’t describe. Sadness permeates my being but on the other hand I am grateful to the Lord for His gift of Salvation because I know she is with our Lord and there is no more pain, no more suffering, no more tears, and she’s basking in love like we will only fully know in His presence. Nell’s love will echo through my heart for years to come and when my time comes, I know without a shadow of a doubt she will greet me with a smile that lights up all of heaven and a hug that will choke the very breath out of me. I love you Nell Dale and miss you terribly. God blessed me, and so many others, by bringing you into my life. Thank you Lord for the love, the joy, the tears, and the laughter that we shared. I’ll see you later my dear sweet friend.

One of her loving smooches.
91 yrs. old. She was so proud of her first completed project that she did all by herself.


Entering the wide glass doors brings the woman into a whole new environment. The entrance is clean and friendly and glancing around one can see a modern, well-kept facility…

Walking briskly down one hall the woman gently knocks on the door hoping she isn’t disturbing the occupant of the room. “Come in” is softly heard through the door. She opens the door slowly and steps inside. Sitting in a recliner is an aged woman. Her smile lights the room as she enthusiastically greets her visitor, the one she calls her angel… when she (the visitor) looks at her she sees Christ within her…

So often we read in God’s Word how we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. This woman seems to love everyone, regardless of their physical or mental health. Each visitor is welcomed with love. She speaks kindly of those in the community she now lives in. Her laughter is joyous, and although her eyes don’t always sparkle His light shines through them…

The visitor rises to leave after their short visit. She doesn’t want to tire her precious friend. Hugs are in order again as the elderly woman takes hold of her walker and walks her visitor to the door.

As the woman slowly walks down the long hallway toward the entrance of the Assisted Living and Memory care Home she thinks, I have just encountered Jesus.

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works and

glorify your Father in heaven.”





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