My Mother in Law Muriel Durst
By Erwin Dauphin
To say you’ve been an inspiration – Is an understatement indeed
You’ve been a wise role model – Truly a rare, rare breed
Raised by your grandparents – In a life some would call hard
You knew the meaning of values – And you were held in high regard!!
Always ready to listen – Offering no opinion unless asked
A cheerful and willing worker – No matter how hard the task
You met the love of your life – And shared your dreams with the Mr.
You and Walter had fun – Raising Phil, and Marcia his older sister!!
You taught your kids good values – To work hard and not complain
There were folks who had less – And experiencing much more pain
You were proud of them both – And they were proud of you
You always put them first – And Marcia and Philip knew!!
Your granddaughter Sara – In your heart had very special place
And when she came around – It would light up her grandparents face
You and the Mr. had stories – About Sara, you loved to tell
And Sara was a very good girl – That returned that love as well!!
When you lost the Mr. – You truly lost a pal
You two were the perfect team – Walter and his special gal
You’d never lived alone before – But you readjusted your life
Still putting your family first – Muriel, the devoted mother and wife!!
You wanted to stay in your home – And live on familiar ground
And by gosh you did it – Being both, stubborn and profound
Through broken hips and strokes – A cough that wouldn’t go away
No matter how hard it seemed – You got up and began each day!!
We’d look at each other and sigh – How does Mom keep going
You’d smile at us and say – “I’ve got this quilt that I am sewing”
You loved God and your church – Working every Xmas Dinner
Doing the best you could each year – A little shorter and a little thinner!!
You loved your Sons of Norway – Your many friends gave you a ride
You twice waved at the King – A little shy but full of pride
And in your final hours – Knowing you were passing on
You still shared your wisdom – And did till you were gone!!
You told us not to cry – This is something I must go through
You even kept your sense of humor – While giving instructions on what to do
One of the last things you said – And you appreciated them all
“I’ve been so lucky to have good friends – Who would answer my every call!”!